Despite quite a lot of very hot days and nights, the terrace was blocked by the project to build a raised bed for gardening out of a wooden packing case that Seán had managed to get hold of, and was a building site for weeks. Finally, at the beginning of July on a weekend without rain, David and Áedán got around to finishing the construction (Seán was away) and planting and tidying up could get under way. The “Lämpli” were reinstalled, and the not so young cats have already discovered the delights of sitting in plant pots and on the new fresh earth! The official annual assembly for our house cooperative was the inaugural meal.
On the excuse of Áedán’s singing in a concert in the Herkulessaal in Munich, Jacqueline and david paid a fleeting visit to the metropole (and to the concert, of course). It was an extremely hot weekend, both in Zurich and Munich. In Munich, there was a running event going on as well, in sweltering heat! We kept out of the sun as much as possible. The concert was an unknown work by Albert Becker (an unknown composer!): his Great Mass in B minor. A very interesting work, very well performed by the ad hoc choir and orchestra organised by Conrad und Weißkopf.
David celebrated the completion of further studies this summer. Having gone back to university at the age of sixty, David has now successfully completed a CAS (Certification of Advanced Studies) in Design Cultures at the Zurich Arts University, having completed a CAS in Design Thinking in the spring of 2018 and a CAS in Design Technologies in the summer of 2019. Next step: completion of the MAS Strategic Design.
David, Jacqueline and Áedán spent an extended weekend over the Ascension Day break visiting old friends in London and meeting up with Dom and family in Oxford at Eights. Among other highlights, the impending visit of Donald Trump and the resignation of Theresa May were a fascinating backdrop, showing the way that institutional Britain can handle almost any challenge with aplomb. The fact that the flags in the Mall were hanging because of Trouping the Colour and not because of the Trump royal family visit is almost irrelevant. The only difference is that many people cheer at Trouping the Colour and no-one cheered the Trump royal family at all! A success during our trip was finally managing to use Apple Pay seamlessly to travel on the Underground.