Driving home today, coming down towards Lake Zurich, I realised that unlike Lake Constance the day before, where the view was totally monochromatic and the lake dark, this was different. Here, the lake was an even, velvety mid-grey stretching either side of the dam, and the landscape around it was an interesting composition not only of blacks, greys withwhite patches of snow, but also the warm deep browns of leafless trees and from the stripped willows and the dry rushes, a really light golden brown, a surprising combination of warm and cool colours, just to prove that nature covers every possible arrangement.
It had snowed all morning up in the hills, sadly not giving us that hoped-for fantastic blue-skied panorama, and it just got glummer and wetter the closer I got to home. Fortunately, although I had plenty to do all afternoon, I did have a concert to look forward to:
220 enthusiastic teenaged girls have spent the last few weeks rehearsing for their Christmas concerts this week, and turned out an interesting selection of songs, most of which we might not consider particularly seasonal, but the scene was set and a fine time was had by all!
The songs were interspersed with short poems and readings from this corner and we heard all kinds of musical talent, from violin and harp playing and some great solo singers, to the keen participation of the school as a whole and a few amusing (and skillful!) accompaniments by teachers on piano, keyboard, guitar and flute – enjoyable and impressive.
Shining young faces wished us all a Merry Christmas as we filed past the donation boxes. They offered us biscuits and punch as we got outside – where, of course, it had begun to snow…