Saturday, 27 June 2015

Fête de la musique

Well yes, it was the fête de la musique last weekend.  I hadn't realised that this was once an informal celebration of music among the paysans that has been, effectively, taken over by the state.   This has pros and cons.  Whereas you used to just turn up and play somewhere, now it's all organised, and of course, the schools, at all levels, take part.  Plus there are some professionals invited too.   Bit still it's a good musical evening out, and one meets one's fellow musicians in wandering along the streets

However, one takes as one finds, and our little flute quartet played a few numbers during the evening.

Later on, we wandered by a Led Zep tribute band.  I think they called themselves Sabre Tooth, but I can't find, on the web, a reference to that name linked to Zep.  But they were rather good.  We stayed and listened for a while.  The singer really has an excellent take on the Robert Plant voice (and hair).  And as he said at the start of the gig... "I hope you like Led Zeppelin"

Friday, 26 June 2015

Evening sky

A good friend of mine
Follows the stars;
Venus and Mars
Are all right tonight

The sunsets have been spectacular recently, and have been enhanced by the presence of planets visible near the moon.   I've looked it up on the web, and my best guess is that this picture shows the moon with Venus, with Jupiter rather than Mars diagonally up to its left.  (Click on the picture for a better view)

Thursday, 25 June 2015


The french word misère doesn't mean misery like you might imagine - it means penury, extreme poverty or destitution.   Les Miserables is about poor people.

This little plant is commonly called la misère in France.  I'm not sure why.  I was given a few strands of this one last year by a friend, and it has done well in very poor soil.  Perhaps it's called misère because it thrives on next to nothing.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

We don't need no hedge-ucation

The previous owners of our house had the foresight to buy a little triangle of land from the farmer next door.  This extends the back garden considerably, but also means that the old wall and hedge serve no useful purpose - instead, they just block the view.

I had already made a small gap in order to be able to access a winter wood pile behind the hedge. Now, it's time to get rid of the hedge and the drystone wall completely.  It will be a long job.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

BBC wildlife photography - The Hare

We were having a barbecue out the back last night, when a hare ran past, over the field next door.

 - Oh look, a hare!
 - Oh yes.  You sure it's not a rabbit?
 - No, look at those long black ears.  I suppose it's guaranteed that if I get my camera, it will be gone when I get back.
 - Yep

It's life, Jim

There is much scientific debate about what constitutes life, and when it is that something can be classed as alive rather than as just a bunch of chemicals that might replicate given the right circumstances.   But it's not so difficult as all that.  If you want to see and touch something that sits on the border between the living and the inert, just order cheap plants from a mail order catalogue, and wait to see what comes in the post.

These day lillies arrived by post three years ago and this is the first time that they are showing signs of being flowering plants.  Day lillies really need to be massed in big clumps, since, the flowers being open for only a day, you need a lot of them to give a continuous display.  These are not clumps yet, but I live in patient hope.  Meanwhile, the flowers give promise of a pretty display in the fulness of time.

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