My knee is FINALLY starting to feel better – I’d fallen right on it while wearing ski boots and it’s been stiff and sore ever since. Once it is a bit better, I’ll start running again. I should have taken it up before skiing but blah blah blah got in the way. The other day, I saw this thing on how to get fit before skiing in The Week.
I have been told that running is BAAAAD for you (or at least your knees) and that I should be doing yoga instead. However, yoga requires that I am available at x time on y day and whenever I’ve gone to yoga, it’s been full of people who are really, really good at it. Bit embarrassing really.
We’ve been looking at pianos (we have space in the IoW for a real piano). So far, we’ve seen a bunch of second hand ones at J Reid (they have a factory where they fix the old ones and make them playable), a couple that people are selling through word of mouth (so far one that plays very nicely but is quite ugly – and too small for the space – and one that looks beautiful but is so unplayable, it is basically a really stylish shelf to put picture frames) and Peregrine’s Pianos (which, it turns out, doesn’t really sell second hand pianos although they did have a nice 30 year old Yamaha that someone had traded in for something much smarter).
There are a couple of problems with this – the first is that I am not very good at playing the piano so it is a bit embarrassing when I pull out my practise book and start clunking away at a piano in a showroom to people who are FAR better than I ever will be (particularly when they demonstrate the different sounds each piano makes by expertly playing Debussy). The second is that looking at a new £17k piano (seriously, that was the price of one of the pianos demonstrated yesterday) when you’re looking for a cheap second hand one is a bit like deciding that you want to buy a Renault Fuego then going to a Porsche showroom. It makes everything else look a bit crappy (and there is no way we are buying a £17k piano, like, EVER).