Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Love Ballad

ABC Wednesday
January 18th, 2017

The letter is B for Ballad

A ballad is as form of verse

often a narrative, set to music

Ballads derive from the medieval French chanson ballade,

which were originally 'danced songs'.

Some ballads are very long and tell the story

of adventures,

but today, because it is so close to the birthday of the beloved Robbie Burns

here is a Love Ballad,

shorter and sweeter than Dan McGrew

A Red, Red Rose

O my Luve is like as red, red rose

That's newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
That's sweetly played in tune.

So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,

So deep in luve am I;
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,

And the rocks melt wi' the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only luve!

And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
Though it were ten thousand mile.

Robert Burns

More Bonny Bs here at ABC Wednesday
with thanks and appreciation
to all who maintain this meme.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Afternoon

January 15th, 2017

Sunday Afternoon

Just stuffed with delightful things...

First of all the temperature hit zero C and the sun shone for at least two hours!

The amaryllis I saved from last year started to bloom

I finished the long pink tube I was knitting, dropped the stitches
 I had added in the beginning,
made some pretty tassels to put on it
and here it is!

This is a wonderful recipe for mindless knitting.

You just go round and round three needles in plain knitting,
never having to peer at a pattern or wonder where you are.
It's great for taking to meetings, or carrying on conversations
and it morphs into a lovely lacy scarf.

I did a little spinning, with another scarf in mind..
A little out of practice and there were a few thin spots which
caused me to think of plying it......
but there, thin spots give it character.... 

While I was spinning I was listening to the Gabriel Faure Requiem
on the Knowledge network
For me the highlight of the concert was a beautiful rendition of
Faure's Pie Jesu.  I didn't catch the name of the soloist
but the performance left me a little breathless and damp-eyed.

Here is Barbara Bonney, marvelous lyrical soprano
as she sings Pie Jesu

Barbara Bonney - Pie Jesu

.........and my daughter brought me a chicken pot pie for supper!!!

What more can one ask for (aside from someone to share it with)