Thursday, October 13, 2011

Above the clouds

Well, not exactly above the clouds but the pictures almost show my friends standing above or next to the clouds!

The following are two of my favorite pictures that I took last weekend of my friends at our family ranch in Los Osos, in the central coast of California.

The low cloud/ marine layer is actually several miles from where Joshua is standing. But from the angle the picture is taken it does look like the cloud or marine layer is right at the edge of the hillside from where he is.

On a clear day, Morro Rock and the bay are visible from where Patty is standing. I especially love this picture. The soft evening colors, the low clouds, the ocean air - you can almost feel and smell them! biggrin

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Piano lessons

It has been more than 12 years since I had a piano in the house. When I saw an old piano for sale at a super low price, I went ahead and got it - to finally replace the one that I left at my parents' home when I got married and moved to the USA, and also one that my kids could learn to play on.

Duncan is adamant that he is not going for piano lessons but when I insisted, he said he will give it a year, and we will reassess after that! I hope, however, that he will find it interesting and continue with the lessons. No, he hasn't started yet.

Denice, however, is rather keen to get started. Two of her classmates are already taking lessons, and she thinks she will enjoy learning to play the piano. I hope she'll find it interesting too, but we will see how hard they are willing to practice!

As for me, it has been years since I played, not that I was any good to begin with! But sight reading is slowly coming back, and I am determined to practice my scales because that was one of the things that I was not disciplined at doing when I took lessons many years ago.

Oh, one last thing, I hope the sound of the kids' practising on the piano is not going to make me regret not getting a digital piano instead! mrgreen