I am out and about all this week and much of next too. I'm away from home for the next 4 days, doing school events in Shrewsbury so, before I'm off, I thought I would quickly share more of what happened last week, as it was a rather unusual and varied week.
After Tuesday's visit to the gallery, I spent Wednesday pretending to be an actor! A friend of mine is developing e-book aps for publishers. We did a demo last month and the client apparently loved it. So, this time it was for real.
We went to a real recording studio this time and there were 10 different books for me to read. I had visions in my mind of what the studio would look like, based on my experiences at BBC Radio Sheffield, but it turned out to be just a series of huge, rather tattty and run-down rooms that were sound-proofed with a variety of different materials tacked to the walls and, surreally, an army of wooden spoons poking out of the ceiling, as baffles.
Yellow Arch Studios is where the Arctic Monkeys recorded, and that seemed remarkably apt, as the place was totally unheated, and so FREEZING. I had expected it might be stuffy, so wasn't really dressed for the North Pole. Over my shirt, I wore a leather jacket, which unfortunately creaked, so I had to take that off too. Brrrrrrrrr!
I have ridden occasionally, but I'm very wobbly and unconfident, and fall off at the slightest provocation. I did fall off during Thursday's lesson, in the local park surrounded by dog-walkers, which was rather undignified and a little embarrassing. I recovered fine and actually really enjoyed the session. It was one-to-one and totally free - a wonderful project set up by Pedal Ready, whose remit is to get us all out of our cars and onto bikes.