This week I have been ringing every day since Sunday! Not all handbells, but still, it's been a long time since such an intensive week. Sunday and Tuesday were in the tower, but all the rest were handbells.
On Monday we had a second attempt at the peal of 4-spliced (Cambridge, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland) and rang it well. I don't have anything new to add about the composition, except that I found it much easier this time.
Wednesday was our regular online session with some of the Glasgow ringers who we have been introducing to handbells. I haven't written much about them, but there are three - Jessica, Zoe and Colin. We have worked our way through the pairs for Plain Bob Minor, including touches, and we have also tried St Clement's with Colin. They haven't rung on real handbells yet, but our plan is to get them involved in a small-scale handbell day in October.
On Thursday we met short for a repeat attempt at a quarter of Cambridge Maximus. Instead we tried Bristol Royal and rang a decent plain course after a couple of tries. It's always difficult to ring something other than the original plan, and none of us had revised Bristol, so we were satisfied.
For today I had signed up for the Five O'Clock Club. I have been doing much less of that in recent weeks, partly because I have been going to my office more and that makes it less convenient. In fact I did have to go to my office today, so I rang the quarter there. We had been hoping to get a band for Dumfries Surprise Royal, the next method on my hit list, but we were one short. As an alternative we rang London, Bristol, Glasgow and Belfast, using Matthew Durham's composition based on the first section of the Horton's Four peal.
Two other items that aren't practical ringing. I've written a review of The Little Purple Ringing Book, which is the latest publication from The Ringing World - the review should be published next week. If you read it, you will see that I heartily recommend the book. Buy the magazine to find out what it's all about.
Finally, Tina and I were interviewed a couple of weeks ago for Cathy Booth's Fun with Bells Podcast. The episode has just been released. We're not sure whether we want to listen to ourselves, but you, dear reader, can listen and see what you think.