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Being back amongst my friends and in this familiar yet unfamiliar environment I have come to know, it feels good to be getting back to writing my essays after a few last days off. It's made me so much less stressed having completed quite a large amount of work already. There doesn't seem as much left to do now as a result. It is a humongous relief to know that what work I do now is largely just editing. One of my pieces seems to be in the stages of final drafting, whilst the other two are almost there. An example of why doing an hour or so of work each day pays off in the long run. Whilst of course there is still a lot of stress to do well, and pressure not to become too complacent, it gives me an idea of where I next need to pick up from when it comes to resuming work. It's exciting in a way - as much as I am dreading the result, this whole thing is the final package of work before summer... where did all that time go?
Whilst feeling like Harry Potter writing letters to my friends over the summer (I was very tempted to save up the letters and do a Dobby impression on the first day back!) the snail mail is now going to be sent in the opposite direction back home to my family. En Route to York already, I am missing them. I think that the next few weeks, even though it is the shortest part of term, is going to be the hardest part of all in terms of homesickness. There isn't a terrible amount of time to spare thought for it though because of the classes and the rehearsals and the work... most likely, as soon as I am used to being back here in my flat, I will be heading home. I'm going to miss my little room with it's postcards, shelves full of too many books and desk covered in stacks of notes or files. Though it's a nice (simultaneously strange) thought to think, that next year someone else will be starting their first year here in the place that has proven a sanctuary to me.
On my last few days in Manchester, I've mostly just been going about the usual routine. Though I did visit a new place, Alexandra park, with my family. It was so ... wonderful to wander around in what Lewis Carroll might have called a 'golden afternoon'. There were so many people having picnics, and we found a cute cafe called the Tea Hive (pun! Like bee hive!) which had all sorts of delicious cake. There were so many odd things too - a tricycle stand which you can see in the photos above. It was a lot of fun to sketch. Perhaps that is the part of me excited about the bicycle I'm going to invest in in Amsteram talking.
Also, two more favourites to add to my April list - but instead of re-writing all those things, let me just add them in here. My first favourite is my new yellow rain coat. It makes me feel like Neil Gaiman's Coraline all the time, which is never a bad thing. It just reminds me that, as Coraline proves, things only feel impossible until you have achieved them. My second favourite is an album by Alexandra Streliski called Pianoscope. This music is very French in sound, whilst also possessing minimalist qualities which allow it to fall somewhere between Eno, Reich and Glass or Olafur Arnalds. The pieces are short but beautiful, making them ideal to play to de-stress, to study to or simply listening to for fun. I've started learning a few, and you can see my first efforts on Berceuse (lullaby) in the clip below.
That's all I have to report back for now I think! Undoubtedly the next few days will be busy so please do bear with me. Like I say, whilst a lot of progress has been made there is still a lot of work to be getting on with. If I keep focused and motivated as much as possible, it will soon be completed and then I can read, write and do whatever I like for the next few months. Not long at all till Amsterdam now... so it's time to work harder than ever!
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