Jenny Quick (April 2011)
It is february 2015 and the inner journey is now unravelling as I attempt to write a book about my year away.
Distractions abound, but I am promising myself that I will have a first draft by my birthday in August. I am currently writing my way towards Sicily from the cold, grey days in Hungary. Home and Steiner family hearths here are what kept me warm and cosy.
I hope you will enjoy reading some of the stories.
Below is a summary of how it all started.. it is probably out of date now.
I am a mother, nanny and piano teacher and in my 58th year, I am now in practise as a teacher of the Alexander Technique.
I have always been in love with playing the piano, as well as loving to paint and enjoying the pleasure of riding my bike. The fresh air and freedom of movement as I pedal along is a great harmony and the way that light falls on landscape, a constant source of inspiration.
This blog is about the adventure of combining these gifts and the wonderful people I met as I made my way across and down through Europe.
It has also been about a voyage of discovery into other lifestyle options and taking time out to pause and take stock.
For my 50th year I celebrated the music in my life with a kind of pilgrimage to Beethoven; studying and then playing his last 3 tremendous piano sonatas.
I aimed to keep playing them as the inner journey meshed with the outer journey and to play when pianos show up! (as they quite often did, in the most unlikely places)
I would also hope to keep the art of handwriting and illustration alive with post cards and letters, which I hope may form the basis of a journal that I can compile when I start to write a book
Perhaps there will be a book to write…… who knows?!
It is now 9 months and 35 or more pianos and Beethoven performances later!
Nearly 5000kilometers and the countries that I have passed through are Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia,Hungary and, out on a bit of a limb, Sicily! I am now riding through the southern Peloponnes and the pianos keep showing up. I hope you will enjoy reading about it in the posts. Many thanks for looking in, Jenny