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Cough, cough, splutter, splutter….this could be a little tricky

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012


This evening should be one of the highlights of Christmas for me. It could however, thanks to this wretched flu, which is refusing to go away, turn into a bit of a DIS-AAASTER darling (apply Craig Revel-Horward voice at this point).

I’m supposed to be reading at the service of nine lessons and carols in the Augustinerkirche in the centre of Zürich this evening. The Augustiner is absolutely my favourite church in Zürich and because it belongs to the Old Catholics, a sister church of the Anglican Church, sometimes if we’re very good we get to borrow it.

It was built in 1270 and for a while after the Reformation was used as the Mint, where all the coins were produced in Zürich, before being reopened in the late 1800’s and beautifully and simply renovated about 20 years ago. The atmosphere is just amazing and the acoustics are very good too, so the choir will sound fabulous.

It’s all part of our mission to convert the Swiss to the joys of English Christmas carols sung by a really good choir…and they come in droves , they really do! Somehow there isn’t really an equivalent here and there even free mince pies and mulled wine to be had afterwards. What more could you want really?!

I shall be reading about the Angel Gabriel – which is good because there are no difficult words for me to trip over and it’s not one of the longer readings. The friend who was supposed to jump in and do it for me if my voice completely failed has now herself gone down with the flu, so stuffed full of cold remedy and cough sweets I shall just have to snuffle my way through it. Maybe people will take the opportunity to have a little shut-eye at that point! If nothing else my voice is decidedly sexier than normal!

So please send positive vibes my friends – there’s a blizzard outside and I’m beginning to think that everything is conspiring to thwart me (there’s a nice archaic phrase for you!).

Here’s to cold remedy and cough sweets and the possibility that the snow will keep some of the crowds away!

best wishes









10 Responses to “Cough, cough, splutter, splutter….this could be a little tricky”

  1. CarlaHR Says:

    If good vibes work consider yourself cured. Good luck – perhaps in addition to the cough remedies you should keep some of that mulled wine close to you (strictly for medicinal purposes of course).
    We are having quite a bit of snow as well so it looks as though it will be a white Christmas after all unless the weatherman is right with his forecast for rain in the coming days.

  2. diane stanley Says:

    Sending good vibes, but I hope you don’t spread any germs of the yuck that you have been experiencing.

  3. Katy Says:

    Good luck! I’m having my own battle to be fit for 3 job interviews at the end of the week, although at the moment I’m going for coherent, upright and awake being my first successes, maybe tomorrow…

  4. Paige Says:

    sending good karma your way! The church is so beautiful and I can just imagine the joyous Christmas carols!

  5. Gertie Says:

    Good luck – can you get Lockets in Switzerland? From memory they don’t really work that well but they taste nice! Hope your croaky voice is back to normal soon x

  6. Tracey Says:

    I’m not an Episcopalian but my husband is, and the lessons and carols service is one I absolutely won’t miss. I get quite put out when they don’t do my favorite carols, too – this year they subbed something else for the “highly favored lady” carol that goes with your reading and it Was Not Right. I hope you get the good carols – and good luck with the voice.

  7. grapes and hearts Says:

    Oh, I would love to hear you and the choir!
    You’ll get along fine, I’m sure!
    Keeping my fingers crossed ;o)))

  8. lisa Says:

    I am nine time hours behind you so you will be well into your carol concert now.I am sure it is going well. The Nine Lessons is one of the best;I look forward to Kings/Cambridge service every Christmas Eve on BBC radio.It marks the beginning of Christmas for me.
    Someone told me to avoid red wine when you have a cold/sore throat as somehow it aggravates and roughens the throat. A warm honey mead woud be perfect. Enjoy … Happy Christmas…and thank you for your lovely blog posts.

  9. Susan Says:

    You have been going through it all lately. I hope that you make it and that all goes well.

  10. Leanne Says:

    I am reading many days of your blog tonight. I hope your reading went well, the church is stunning. The baking looks yummy and I am sure you have sorted the presents by now. My kids don’t want anything, I think they are getting new socks and pyjamas, and a new book or two. I do hope you are feeling better soon.