I still HATE having my picture taken..
but I've braved the camera lenses today to show that I kept working towards my 'look' through 2016. Mark bought me this dress from Apricot as a Christmas present.
It looks lovely with a black cardigan or the black jacket that survived the post-work wardrobe cull.
I added black leggings and some seriously ancient black fabric boots.
Then I accessorised with a vintage enamel necklace..
.. and a mixture of vintage and modern black and cream bracelets.
Those of you with sharp eyes will notice that my harp seems to have shrunk -
but the one behind me in the lounge was a present from my whole family for my 50th Birthday. I still have my large pedal harp. In this photo I'm playing music for a Christmas coffee morning in the local church hall...
It's really interesting to have the chance to work with two instruments that are so completely different. I have a strong emotional attachment to my big harp. It was completely overhauled and restrung with light gauge gut strings two years ago. This gives it a big, even tone and lots of 'playing predictability'. The new harp is strung with a lighter gauge hybrid string, which is bright and sunny but less predictable. Last weekend I performed some solo work on the little harp for the first time. It's hard to explain, but when I'm playing the new harp I feel like my finger-tips are linked to my soul.. Fellow musicians out there will know what I'm on about!!
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