Sunday, February 7, 2016

Broncos Win Super Bowl (Music by Brits)

The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl 50 by a score of 24-10. A lot of people might be disappointed because so many like the young quarterback from the Carolina Panthers, but hey, he is young, and I predict that we will see him win the Super Bowl another year in the future!  My sister lives in Colorado, so of course, I had to root for Denver.  (Sorry, Audrey in Charlotte, North Carolina...don't be mad with me! Just think how happy Louise will be in Colorado!)

Now, the thing I would like to mention...I couldn't help but notice that a good bit of the music that I heard during this broadcast was from England!  Yes, I know, I must drive you all crazy telling you these things that come to my attention, but's true!  Coldplay was the headliner during the half time and they were really good.  I made a list of every English artist that I heard.

 Here is my list:

Jeff Lynne's ELO  (When I Was A Boy)  - Remember I mentioned this song? It was in honor of my son for his birthday.  Very pleased to see it used in a commercial!
Rolling Stones
David Bowie
(English Band singing Friends during Marmot for Life?) *see note below!
The Shadows  "Apache"  (Richard said an Englishman wrote it, but the Shadows had a big hit with it.
Queen (again)
Queen (and again, but this time with David Bowie)  "Under Pressure"

Okay, Richard didn't really want to watch this game with me.  (Oh, I know, what can he be thinking? It was a very good game!!)  Anyway, I asked him to try to find the singer or band that sang the song "Friends"...they sounded very English at times, but sometimes, not quite...I don't know how to explain it.  So...after MUCH searching, (thanks Richard) we found it!
 *That song is not English but it is from "The Flight of the Conchords", and they are from New Zealand.  

This is the video of the TV ad but if you type in "Flight of the Conchords and friends" into a search engine, you can see them singing the entire song on YouTube and it is funny!


Also, the ad using "Somebody To Love" by sounds like Queen on the truck, but the sheep sound like an American trying to sound British, but hey, that is just me noticing these things again! (I am not making fun of Americans trying to sound British, I know whereof I speak!)
I made Richard some brownies this morning and I put them on an English plate!  AND my Daddy called me during the Super Bowl and he is doing much better.  Super Day!

Friday, February 5, 2016

I Give You Joy....and Henry!

Hello, my friends! Do you love the title of this post?  I like a play on words, don't you?
Joy and Henry are our friends in England who celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in July of 2015.   And when you have been married that long in England, you get a card from the Queen!
(Providing someone has sent along the correct paperwork, that is! And luckily for J & H, someone did so!)  
We visited them in October and they posed for the photo above with their card.  The following photos are from framed photos in their living room, but I liked them so much, I wanted to share with you!

Just look at that cake with the 65 on top!  Isn't it lovely and don't they look so happy on their anniversary?

 Here is a photo of a very happy memory for Joy and is the wedding photo of their daughter, Anne.  Joy and Henry also have a son, Henry, he is pictured at the far left. (If anyone remembers from my previous posts, Henry is one of Richard's oldest friends.)
Now... I will show you a photo that might surprise you....

This is John, the groom pictured above when he was one of the Queen's Guards!  Okay, I am not certain of the correct term to use here, but hey, give me a break, I am American, you know! HA!
I was tickled to find out that I know someone whose son-in-law had this as a job! (And they are really military men, make no mistake about it.)

We had a beautiful tea with Joy and Henry (and their son, Henry too!) and then, Henry, Sr. drove us to The De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill and we enjoyed a most pleasant day overlooking the sea..  And this was on October 21st!

Now, I hope Joy and Henry will see this post and remember this beautiful sunny day that we visited with them.  And as a special treat, I have a clip from "Paddington Bear" and I think you will see why I chose this for this post!  I give you Joy... and Henry!   Thank you Joy and Henry, we loved your gracious hospitality while we were there and we hope to see you again soon!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Arabia Mountain With Ice

Ah, winter in Georgia...this past weekend was warm and beautiful.  The weekend before was beautiful also but it was cold with ice and some snow.  Want to see some icy photos of Arabia Mountain? Sure you do!
That is a solid sheet of ice on the vernal pools at the top of Arabia Mountain. This is really beautiful to see the ice sparkling in the sun. The photo might not show this like my eyes saw it, but trust me, it was a gorgeous sight.
Okay, we have walked halfway down the mountain now and we are looking towards the top...look at the blue sky! We have had our share of grey days so this was a welcome sight.
  My Dad has had some serious health problems recently.  I spent all day Wednesday with him in the emergency room at the hospital.  He was admitted to the hospital that day and was released and sent home yesterday.  Please say a prayer for him, my friends.  If you have read my blog for any time, you will know that my Dad is the best!  He was so funny with the nurses in the hospital, he had them laughing all the time.  By Saturday, he felt well enough to play a game with my nephew and myself.  It was a game of "Sevens".  Do you know how to play it? I learned it from my in-laws in England and I have IMPORTED it to this country! (Hey, I don't know, you all probably know it already and it  might have been INVENTED here for all I know, but the fact is, I learned it in England and I have told people here about it, and they had never heard of it!)  If you want to know how to play it, you may read about it just here.  It is an easy game that doesn't take too much time, so it was perfect to play in a small hospital room.  (And my Dad won the first two games that we played and he was so tickled to win!)   I will appreciate your best wishes and prayers for my Dad.  I thank you in advance for them! 
I found a video that Jeff Nix took at Panola Mountain of the ice melting and you can see, it almost looks like something from a science fiction movie... like black oil oozing under the ice, but of course, it is just another example of perception, it is simply water moving over rock under the ice.
Take care, my friends. and remember, there is joy and beauty in all seasons.
 If you go to about 3:10 in this video, you will see the views of Arabia Mountain and Stone Mountain from the top of Panola Mountain! (And Jeff calls it Davidson/Arabia Mountain...but almost everyone here just calls it Arabia.) 

Friday, January 29, 2016

English Sparrow/"His Eye Is On The Sparrow"

We have English sparrows in the USA but do you know why we call them that?  It is because they truly are sparrows that are here from England.  Some misguided soul who dearly loved Shakespeare thought that it would be a good idea to release all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare into Central Park in New York City. (I think this was done sometime in the late 19th century...I would look this up for you, but my dear computer is slow to work, so if this is incorrect, let me know and I will edit this!)  The starling and the English sparrow were the most prolific. It is interesting to see the same bird in both America and England.  (Please do not think I am advocating this, We know now the problems created by introduced species.)

There is a beautiful hymn called "His Eye Is On The Sparrow".  You know it, don't you?  Many think of it as a Negro spritual, I think because it was sung by many great African Americans and also, it was the title of the autobiography of Ethel Waters.  (Trying to link something here, but unable to do so!)  Anyway, there are many who are going through rough times just now and I was reminded of this hymn.  I personally know seven people who have died the past two months.  Winter seems to be a tough time for a lot of people.

Today, when I came home from work, I had the most wonderful package in the mail.  A painting by Silke Powers, of a woman with an owl on her shoulder and the dark brown branches are arching behind both of reminds me of the branches in the photo above! (And the eye of the sparrow is very much like the owl!)  The painting is exquisitely beautiful and the fact that this came to me today...well, I just can;t tell you how much I appreciate it.  It is a heaven sent from an angel, I tell you!  If you would like to see more of the art by Silke Powers, you may  just here!  (That is a link to her blog, but you may click on the side for her art!)

  1. Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
    Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home,
    When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bird or Squirrel?

W.E. Hill in Puck magazine

You have seen this photo before, I am sure, I have even had it on a post myself.  Do you see an old woman or do you see a young woman?  It just depends on how you look at it, doesn't it?

We just had a light dusting of snow this weekend in Georgia. (Other parts of the east had some heavy snowfall.  In New York City, they only needed one tenth of an inch to break the record for the heaviest amount of snow ever!)  When we went for a long walk at Panola Mountain, Richard took a photo of some of the snow.   If you look at the snow in the middle of the photo, do you see a bird with wings outstretched?  Or is it a squirrel holding a nut with his tail up behind his body? 

So, bird or squirrel?  What do you say?  (I must admit, I saw the bird first, but all know I don't care for squirrels now!)

By the way, the last time I had the old woman/young woman drawing on a post I told you about a book, it was "Crashing Through: The Extraordinary True Story of the Man Who Dared To See" by Robert Kurzon. You really should make a note of this book and read it when you can!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Plaid or Tartan?

 When we visited England in October, we walked up to Beachy Head from the town of Eastbourne.  Once we reached the top, we went into the Beachy Head Pub to have a pot of tea.  (We should have had a stronger drink to celebrate that we can still make that walk up there!)  Anyway, looking over at the bar, I noticed that they had bottles of Scotch displayed upon a plaid cloth or paper. And when I pointed this out to my husband, he looked over at it and said,  'Oh, yes, you mean "tartan".  Hmm....really, I have always called that pattern "plaid".   When we got back to his parents' house, I asked my in-laws...and sure enough, they also say "tartan".  Well, ding-dang, I just get every word wrong, either English OR Scottish!  Things like this just tickle me but it makes me wonder why we Americans have to be different.  Do they say "plaid" or "tartan" in Australia, I wonder?

Nice view even on a hazy day. (The Beachy Head Pub)

The beach in Eastbourne

Walking towards Beachy Head.

This is the steep climb to Beachy Head. Can you see the pier in the distance?

The views are stunning!


Wait, I was talking about plaid/tartan before I began reliving our walk up to Beachy Head!  See the photo above?  That is the first color photograph that was ever made and it is of a tartan ribbon! (Made by the Scottish scientist, James Clerk Maxwell in 1861.)

 Tartan is often called plaid in North America, but in Scotland, a plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder as a kilt accessory, or a plain ordinary blanket such as one would have on a bed.

The explanation above is from I hope that is correct!
What have we learned today, my friends? That's easy, when you see the pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors, call it "plaid" if you speaking to an American but call it "tartan" if you are speaking to a Brit!  If you are talking to anyone from any other part of the are on your own!   

The bag I am carrying does not identify my clan, just means I shop at Target! Spot the American! HA!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Baby Animals by Garth Williams

Do you remember your very first book?  I do! It was "Baby Animals".  I looked the book up on a search engine a few years ago and the illustrator was Garth Williams. I knew his drawings also from "Charlotte's Web" and the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.   Imagine my surprise when I found out that although he was born in America, his parents were both English and he and his family moved to England when he was ten years old.  (I find his life story interesting, you may read more about him here.)

So, you see, I come by my English influence from a very early age! 

 Recently, I spent a good amount of time trying to help my Dad in choosing a present for a shower gift, he had been asked to buy a book for a baby shower, and then, to write a personal note in the book for the child.  After our discussion, he settled on "The Uncle Remus Stories".  That is the main book that he remembers from his childhood, although, he didn't have the book, he only knew the stories that were told to him. 

So, what was your very first book?  I hope you remember it with great fondness.