Friday, 18 May 2007

I can hear music.............

.............well, not quite!

Look what we got yesterday! A local church was getting rid of pianos so we couldn't resist. My friend who plays the piano could not believe that I wanted the painted piano, but I love it, it's the colour of vanilla ice-cream, and it goes so well in our playroom.

Not one of us can play an instrument or read music but you've got to start somewhere! J was totally disinterested until it arrived and now he and K are fighting over it (surprise, surprise!). I'm hoping it might spark a bit of interest in him and encourage him to learn to play something. I never learnt as a child and I regret it now. My friend Helen has lent me a book for children (about my level) to have a go with, so who knows - move over Liberace (I know he's long gone but he's the only pianist I could think of!)

Anyway, it's a great addition to the house, it took a bit of furniture rearranging and squashing things into already overloaded rooms but it looks like it's been there for years. I just want to get on it and have a go, but as soon as my bottom hits the chair I have two extra little pairs of hands to "help" me!

As a thank you to the church and Helen who organised the whole thing I made some cakes tonight for the tea dance. No.1 the plain old victoria sponge was a total disaster, all flat and pasty looking. I'm hoping with lots of strawberries and whipped cream and a generous smattering of sugar on top it will look edible. No. 2 a lovely raspberry and lime zest cake seems to be foolproof even with my hit and miss baking skills. I'll post the recipe shortly.

Lastly thanks to everybody who's left such lovely comments so far. It nice to think I'm not just wittering on to myself as usual!


Gill at Lucy Locket said...

Oh you'll have a lot of fun with your piano! When I got my first one I had piano lessons for about 6 months, my teacher used children's music books and it was great way to learn. I've still got them here for when I finally get a decent piano.

Louise said...

Lucky, lucky you!!! If there is any instrument I wish I could play it would be the piano. I guess it is never too late but it is unlikely I'll be able to afford one soon. I really love the creamy colour - good choice in your gorgeous home.

Ragged Roses said...

That piano is gorgeous, I would love one, but I think if we ever got one we'd have to build a room for it or get rid of heaps of stuff! Love the colour too! Yes please post the recipe for raspberry and lime cake and I usually pile my sponge cakes high and nobody notices! Have a good weekend
Kim x

andsewtosleep said...

That piano just looks like it was made to be in that spot. Just lovely. Mary

Jo said...

The piano looks fab, the colour really suits your room. Raspberry and lime cake sounds yummy!

Vintage to Victorian said...

Hi Julia

Thanks for visiting. You're definitely on my 'regulars' list now, and I absolutely love the piano. Our daughter plays and we've been devoid of piano music since she left home (with the piano) 7 years ago.

I'll be interested to see the recipe of the cake which always works - any cake I've ever made looks more like a biscuit, so maybe, just maybe, yours will work for me!

Ex-Shammickite said...

So I suppose you'll be looking for the sheet music for "Chopsticks"?