Despite David’s being on crutches (188 days after accident), we were able to celebrate Christmas this year in Schrennengasse with Judith and Max as usual, joined by Regula. Áedán and Jacqueline served a splendid meal, with the ultimate culinary highlight being the “Chocolate Madonna” dessert. Seán contributed by serving coffee, being a pyromaniac lighting the candles and sparklers on the tree, and by playing his bass. The rest of us also provided musical entertainment. The whole was rounded off deliciously by Grosi’s famous Christmas cookies…
David went back into hospital for a week to have bone transplanted from his pelvis to the “bad” leg. At the same time, the thin metal rod and a bolt was removed. The operation went well and David is now reconvalescing. Although this seems a bit of a set-back, it was essential because the bone had not regrown adequately in the meanwhile, and David was basically only standing on metal rods and not on bone. The transplanted bone material forms the basis for new bone that will grow when subjected to a degree of pressure. That is the theory: we should know more at the end of January.
The pictures show the Christmas tree at the main entrance to the hospital, a symbolic hospital meal, and plaster number 8 in a fetching Christmassy red!
Seán went down to Lugano to take part in his first ever master class with Maestro Paolo Tommasi from Livorno. Jacqueline and David went to hear the “saggio finale” (the concert at the end of the two-day class). Basses were played at a high standard and it was great pleasure to see (and hear played together) nine instruments on the stage of the Aula Magna in the Conservatorio
David and Seán were to be seen playing in the same orchestra (as helpers-out) at the weekend. The Zurich amateur orchestra “Accento Musicale” performed works by Mozart and Brahms under Christof Brunner. The pictures were taken in St Peter’s Church, Zurich. In between, at the unholy hour of 08:55 on Sunday morning, Seán took part in the Zurich Youth Music Competition, playing works by Nanni and Ellis, accompanied by David, and received a very commendable 3rd prize
11.11.11: An auspicious date for a birthday! 144 days since David’s accident, eight months since Fukushima (!), Remembrance Day/Veterans Day, and start of Carnival in Zürich. To celebrate, we went to Bad Osterfingen with Max and Judith for our traditional Wedding Anniversary meal (which was cancelled in the Summer owing to the accident) and it doubled up as a birthday celebration. As ever, the food, wine and ambiance were super