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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

The Snowman Tour 2018 | Blackburn

The Snowman Tour 2018 - The Snowman and Violin - photo credit : Gareth Widdowson


Earlier this year I was asked to be an official blogger for The Snowman Tour, especially as the tour is coming to my home town and being presented in Blackburn Cathedral on 11th December.


Carrot Productions bring you the magic of the iconic film, The Snowman, with a full live orchestra and additional festive treats in a unique setting. It's a beautiful, fun introduction to the orchestra and a perfect pre-Christmas outing for all the family.

The show is in two halves - both around 35 minutes long - and aimed at children aged three and above. The first half will feature a wonderful Christmas overture followed by an animated film of the award winning book, The Bear and the Piano (written by David Litchfield and narrated by Joanna Lumley) which promises to enchant all ages. The second half of the show leads into the film itself with a surprise conductor during the Snowman Waltz.

The musicians are drawn from orchestras around the country including the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert and BBC Scottish amongst others with players chosen for their musical skills and their fun, friendly nature. The orchestra is conducted by the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Steve Magee who is an expert in syncing music to film.

I don't want to share too many spoilers but I heard SO MANY great reports about this tour last year so I'm really excited to be taking the grandchildren this year. You can watch this sneak peek from two performances last year, one being at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. Just see how magical it all looks!!


As I mentioned above, The Snowman Tour arrives in Blackburn on 11th December and you can buy tickets here. You can also find all other tour dates from around the country here. It promises to be a feast of sights and sounds to thrill the whole family. See you there!

UPDATE

YOU CAN USE MY CODE
"SNOWMAN20"
FOR 20% OFF YOUR TICKET PRICE



The Snowman Tour 2018 - The Snowman and Piano - photo credit : Gareth Widdowson



Image Credit : Gareth Widdowson - reproduced with kind permission from Carrot Productions