We spent last week at a flute course in a lovely ex-farmhouse towards the south of France. Run by Philippa Davies (and see also here) who is a fabulous player and wonderful person, combined with calm surroundings and delicious food and free-flowing local wine, it was a good escape. And I met some lovely people, and it improved my playing into the bargain.
We got an opportunity to do some sightseeing, and visited a local market and castle. More on those later.
It turns out that my recent attempts to improve my left-hand flute technique have resulted in "focal dystonia" which is stiffening the hand and causing it to do things I don't ask it to. I looked it up on Google. In flute players it happens mostly in the left hand. Yep. After a change in technique. Yep. I have some work to do there. None the less, the last evening's concert went well and I played the first Haydn London Trio, with a bassonist playing the 'cello part. I also played Köhler's Walse des Fleurs, a bit of victorian grandiosity that is nothing but good fun.