Aaron brought a friend to help today so he could finish by lunchtime. They sawed up the wood pile, then replanted a clump of grass roots which had been removed from the back drive some weeks ago, and, despite attempts to burn it, had refused to die. I understand that the Australian eucalyptus needs the heat of a forest fire to germinate its seeds. Maybe our grass is related to that tree.
I managed to clear a space by the side of the house for the logs to be stacked before wandering around the garden with my camera.
Focussing on our profusion of blue-hued flowers, and thinking of Giles who enjoys them, I photographed:
Whilst preparing this post I listened to what is probably the finest recording of spontaneous jazz improvisation ever made. During two sessions in 1959 Miles Davis, the legendary trumpeter, led a group including Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderly, Paul Chambers, James Cobb, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and Wynton Kelly, in the production of the album ‘Kind of Blue’.
Evans, in his original programme notes, writes: ‘Miles conceived these settings only hours before the recording dates and arrived with sketches which indicated to the group what was to be played. Therefore you will hear something close to pure spontaneity in these performances. The group had never played these pieces prior to the recordings and I think without exception the first complete performance of each was a “take”.’
I you don’t have access to a copy, try it on YouTube.
This afternoon Flo continued her wildlife garden photography.
Unaware of my blue theme, she featured a bee on pulmonaria.
She also captured a white butterfly on the wing,
a tightrope-walking long-tailed tit,
a greenfinch on a feeding tray,
and a resting hoverfly.
She even threw in a shot of Norman’s parrot, which now hangs in our kitchen.
Finally, she persuaded Eric to pose for his portrait.
This evening we dined out on Ian.
Not literally. He just paid for it. He took us on a visit to La Viña in Lymington. It was a most enjoyable tapas bar. The food was excellent and the service extremely friendly if a little tardy. I can’t really detail the dishes because they were in Spanish, but they included a mixed paella, calamari, sardines, chorizo, asparagus, fried potatoes, meat balls and tortilla. Jackie and Ian drank Estrella beer; Becky and I shared a bottle of tempranillo; and Flo drank apple juice.