Today I started a new afternoon class on The Art and Literature of The British Countryside. It will continue every Thursday throughout October. It was really interesting and there was a group of ten of us, all happy to join in and participate. Today's
topic was 'Rural Life and the Landed Classes. We looked at the
Luttrell Psalter, The Nun's Priest's Tale (my favourite piece of Chaucer) as well as the paintings of Thomas Gainsborough amongst others. It is so good to get together and chat about things we are all interested in.
After yesterday's class on Moving to Music for the over 60's I feel really fit today - plenty of energy, which just goes to prove that it doesn't do to sit around. Tomorrow an afternoon of Diaries of Yorkshire Women of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Golly my head will be so full of information.
However, I was brought up short as we left the class (in the absolute pouring rain incidentally) when a lady who had been in the class with me let me share her umbrella as we crossed the yard to our cars. She said how much she had enjoyed the afternoon and I agreed, saying that I had been to a previous class run by our tutor. She asked me what it was about - I knew it was also on Art and Literature - but I had to admit that I couldn't remember the subject. Now, three hours later - and I still have not remembered, so I am signing off, going upstairs to the study and looking out the papers from that course. I am ashamed.