Viola-Kid will need a full-sized viola one day, so in my infinite wisdom I decided it was time to visit eBay.
I consulted a vendor. I consulted our teacher. I hung around on tenterhooks to make my bid at the Last Minute, and - shhh! - bid £20 more than our teacher recommended, just to give us a chance of success. I was the highest bidder.
Blow me if someone else didn't beat me in the last four seconds. It obviously wasn't meant to be. And to be truthful, Viola-Kid needs a bigger student-size viola before he needs a full-sized one. Back to the drawing-board, then.
This fantastic cartoon comes from http://student.valpo.edu/sgibbon1/images/viola.jpg - I loved it so much that I had to quote it, with my grateful thanks to the owner of the website. Hopefully Viola-Kid won't mind a picture of a GIRL viola player ...
We were going to go to Gourock with SuperSpouse this morning. However, things conspired against us.
- Everyone was tired after going to a guitar recital last night
- We'd lost an hour's sleep because of the change to British Summer Time
- I was even more tired because of this blooming sniffly snuffly virus
- We couldn't face dragging three little grumps downstairs for an early breakfast, when it wasn't strictly essential.
So, what did we do? SuperSpouse went alone. The rest of us had a lazy breakfast. I had a dust-busting spree with the hand-held vac, and disgusted myself with the amount it collected from various inaccessible corners in our bedroom and on the landing. I also over-fed the washing machine, and actually got it all out on the line when the sun came out this afternoon.
Viola-Kid is now happy because we all went for a KFC meal at lunchtime, to celebrate his recent Distinction in his Grade 2 Viola exam. And Cello-Kid has distinguished himself by baking a cake All By Himself (from a packet-mix) - which went down very well at tea-time.