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Music in the Garden

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 19:06

Today was Tango day, work done sitting drinking tea in the conservatory Daughter looking among, my selection of LP's found a Tango record. Blue Tango, jealousy, La Paloma and more, Granddaughter four showed us how it should be done. Nearly an hour of fun and laughter, now that is what music means to me.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 11:00

Today is dull yet warm, I opened the conservatory to let some air through popped a disc on and sat looking up the garden. Suddenly the music was "If I Loved You" from Carousel and memories just flooded back.

On a course near London I got a long weekends leave every weekend, into London stopped with my relatives up Brixton Hill (posh then) and the Streatham Locarno just over the hill Friday and Saturday. An older woman (I thought in terms of my mother but she was probably late twenties old to me) asked me to dance and we danced most of the dances each night most weekends. "If I loved you" was top of the pops at the time and she went all sentimental on me as we danced, but so did the girls in the Nuffield Club at the Sunday Tea Dances, there was something about that tune.

Came the time to move on and I told her it was our last dance together unluckily for me just before they played that tune, she cried the whole dance, to an 18 year old rather embarrassing, I had to crowbar her off and she was on Waterloo Station looking for me on the Sunday night. Oh Dear that song, I got the train with whoops from the servicemen heading back to Barracks as she clung on to the last then Bentley and on to the single track Borden Bullet, badly misnamed and gone on the Monday.

Yet the music plays (I did replay it this morning) memories never fade and I wonder where are they now. I have a head full of tunes all with meaning, it is a wonder I remember anything else? Now what day is it today??

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 22:12

Listening without really hearing the radio today suddenly "Oh my beloved Father" came on, that made me sit up and notice. It is one of my all time favourite Aria's, I did not catch who was singing though it was quite beautiful. It has many memories for me plus I needed to wake up and get tea ready.

Frank.

Crocks in Pots - A Waste of Time ?

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 13:39

I use them if I have them if not it is commando style or as they are. Does it help I have no idea, will I still do it? If there are any broken pots probably although have used all sorts from foam to gravel. They also said we are better off using sand in the bottom to hold excess water and feed it back as the pot dries out? Surely  you then need to crock the pot to hold the sand in, it would wash out.

If it works for you do it your way, experts in everything have been so wrong so many times I no longer trust any of them, says he who had a fried breakfast every day of his long life, I should have gone long ago according to experts, "err" where are they now???

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:15

Sorry folks, I went up the garden and it rattled in my head, I had it wrong, the Dinah Shaw song was "MY BELLE AMIE" plus Shaw not Shore. My brain was addled.

Today it was Vivaldi and Shostakovich via Classic FM.

Beeb 2 was all talk for some reason.

Frank.

Cold frame sighting and building.

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 11:07

Nin, I would say well done as a gardener with a large greenhouse and plenty of room it is still hard work, for you with none of those things and to succeed is a labour of love indeed.

Yes the frame will do nicely and toughened glass is OK with no children about, I have young grandchildren and have to watch them near the greenhouse. Up against the wall will as you say give residual heat, you will find you need to remove the glass early morning or at least lift it on blocks to let the air in, put it all back in the evening and if there looks like a frost then a couple of feet of bubble wrap or blanket is reasonable in price and worth pounds in saved plants, lift that as soon as the day warms up.

Some people seem to make progress against all odds you appear to be one of them, good luck and one more thought a cold frame can also be made from old cardboard boxes with some plastic sheet stretched over, we gardeners make do and mend on occasion.

Frank.

Cold frame sighting and building.

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 10:22

Nin, A question. Do you have a greenhouse? some of those things you have grown need cover until we get the hot weather at least. Most people would site the cold frame next to the greenhouse for ease of moving stuff in and out as does Monty on GW.

The idea of a cold frame is to ease the plants from the warmth of its birth to a place where it can be hardened to the weather so on normal days the glass would be opened cold wet days kept closed or just an inch open to breath.

Glass needs to be in frames as it is easily broken and not a good thing if children are around, most use plastic the idea is the plants are on the soil usually much warmer than high up on a shelf so do not need much insulation. Up against a wall would be good, some sunshine also good, they are shaded by the wall of the cold frame. a warning, watch out for snails and slugs.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 10:01

Yes David some words do resound in the head, as a choir boy I loved some hymns, still do, others were a drag. The Sunday night around the piano (pre TV etc) I learned all the first world war songs and what they meant to my elders, the Irish songs I played all had meaning for mother. Away from home with the Army you get all the sentimental songs which have meaning for lads away from family so I have listened and dreamt thought wished whatever. For some reason Dinah Shore and My Bonhomie always stuck in my head from Desert days, why? afraid I do not know, just one of those things (now they should write a song about that).

Gardening songs for me would be a gentle burble like the birds and the bees, you know they are there getting on with things without bothering you, a gentle soothing aid for the sore back.

Frank. 

Music in the Garden

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 09:08

"Err" I see Orchid Lady, you actually listen to the words? With my shot ears and a sound down technique I only hear the music. BBC2 playing something soothing the other day whilst rushing round with the Hoover had voice over but what they were saying was lost to the ether, it is votes change bad government not protest songs.

So dear Lady look up Strauss, The Blue Danube, Tales from the Vienna Woods, the first music I learned to play on the piano, though at the same time I was playing Irish songs on the Accordion for Mother. I had an hour playing the other day Glen Miller tunes from my dancing years, it is the music that has the message for me not the words.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 23:14

Orchid Lady, a waltz comes in many forms with many composers, we had to learn the old fashioned waltz step, 1-2-3  1-2-3 as it was part of what was called old fashioned dancing were you did fixed movements followed by waltz turns. When we started dancing in the big boys dance halls a mixed old and new style we learned the Modern waltz or the English waltz slower than the Vienna waltz.

The German waltz a sort of Vienna waltz you could march too but the Germans always wanted us to dance the English waltz, they queued up to dance with us soldier boys. Dutch dancing was joyful, Belgium staid and French "whoa there girl leave my belt alone" I leave it to you to work it out.

Some one bought me Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra DVD for Christmas I view it on the lap top when I am feeling idle, Joan and I danced in Austria many times we loved the Viennese style waltz which is far more adventurous than you see on Strictly, so pays yer money and takes yer choice.

Frank.

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