Every country -I think- has sounds in its language which are virtually impossible for non-native speakers to produce. Betty and Perry have been working with students to perfect their being able to produce the “th” sound in English words.
So with this challenge ahead, we were off to the University on this beautifully sunny, autumnal day, a perfect beginning. After our classes were completed, we shared stories about our successes on the way “home.” A lovely surprise for our soup entree for lunch/dinner awaited us — leek soup in a small “cracked wheat” bread bowl. The circle of crispy crust was replaced atop the “bowl.” As if that wasn’t enough of a meal, the main entree was a tasty piece of pork with lovely plum sauce. Oh, the gastronomical delights at Reymontowka. And I can’t forget the fresh lettuce salad with radishes.
Lesson planning and tutoring filled the afternoon.
At 6 p.m. we were treated to a Chopin performance — two pianists who have been performing since October 1st at the XVII International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. I say “treated” because Marek’s bookkeeper/assistant called and made arrangements for us to have reserved seats at the open admission, free performance. When Mr. Boruta, the Deputy Director of the Culture Center showed us to our seats in the second row, the classy woman I sat next to, looked askance at these important people who were getting this special treatment.
And it was special treatment, one row from the stage in the Siedlce Concert Hall listening to the breathtaking, mindblowing artistic piano performances of Chopin’s music by Miyako Arishima from Japan followed by Charles Richard-Hamelin from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Mr. Richard-Hamelin, it was announced on October 12, has been admitted to the third round of competition in Warsaw. Some of the Siedlce piano teachers, experts in their field, are sure he will win first place.
Home to Reymontowka and a delicious supper.
Juurnal by Constance
MESSAGE OF THE DAY: If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life. Anonymous (shared by Betty)