Ruby (middlest daughter, 7) and I went off this afternoon to see Tatiana Kolesova play the piano in Hunter's Hill. Kolesova was the winner of the People's Choice award at the 2008 Sydney International Piano Competition. We had a lovely time. Ruby lasted until interval, and then we decided to go for a little walk around Hunter's Hill. It was fun to hear Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite arranged for piano by Mikhail Pletnev. Ruby had even heard it somewhere before. It is the most confected piece of confection the other side of Dancing Queen, and a good warm-up for the serious music Kolesova was going to play in the second half.
But now the whole family seems to be coming down with flu.