As usual during term times Saturday morning was taken up with the youth band practice. I've been teaching the beginners since September and for the past couple of weeks they have been learning their parts for two junior band pieces. Yesterday was the big day when they played those pieces for the first time with the junior and main bands and (breathes a sigh of relief), it was a complete success - no tears, just happy smiling faces! They all did well and despite it being an extremely difficult group to teach and thinking at times that they were never going to 'get it', they will all be promoted to the junior band in September.
After the practice was finished I met J for lunch. She's been working away a lot and we haven't seen much of each other recently, so it was good to catch up with each other's news.
I didn't get home till gone 4 o'clock, by which time I didn't really have the energy to do anything except sit and read. I find the heat really draining and the bright sunshine can lead to more migraines if I'm not careful, so I just curled up on the sofa for the rest of the day, only moving for food and drinks. I need to buy a patio umbrella so I can sit in the shade outside - it would have been a perfect way to end the day.