Tuesday, May 9, 2017

As long as you live, keep learning how to live.

While Sophie waits for 'The Fonts' yogurt pot, Bob and Angus get ready for a trip to the bakers.

Bob waits on the lawn that's been churned up by the builders installing the new septic tanks. For some reason this has become his favourite place to sit. Could seeping odours have anything to do with it?

It was a national holiday yesterday ( one of three in May ). The bakers is short of cakes. The display limited.

A Chocolat Bergamote for 'The Font' ( bought in the full knowledge that one small mouthful will be taken, the word 'wonderful' said and the rest passed back to Angus to finish ). We also choose a pineapple cheese cake. Bob, who is doing his ' I is adorable ' routine, is given some choux pastry crumbs. He sits patiently but the fact his tail is wagging while he's sitting indicates his level of excitement. The bakers wife tousles his hair. He beams. PON knowledge 'As long as you live , keep learning how to live'.

A mystery. This piece of music is supposedly Scottish but was actually written by two Germans. It is therefore about as Scottish as Brock wurst. It has become very popular - particularly at military weddings in the US. Here it's played rather well. The audience / congregation response in this clip is interesting and charmingly old fashioned. Is it one of those strange sacerdotal moments when people feel they have to do something ?  Is it 'if one stands all stand ?'. Or do Oklahomans still subscribe to the almost forgotten old truism ' You can't sit when the pipes play ? '. 


  1. Many years ago, a friend offered the theory that she and I remained single because we always ate all the food put in front of us (yes, even rich cakes), thus providing too slim pickings for men who like to hoover up their girlfriends/wives left overs. You have provided support for her theory here, I think!
    As for standing when bagpipes are played, all I can say is, having lived two years in Oklahoma, I can attest to the fact that many of the behaviours in that state are inexplicable to the outsider...
    Cheers, Gail.

  2. The Font takes a less is more approach. Clearly it is savoured, I must say those berry topped items look absolutely delicious

  3. Bob is an optimist....he'll take his chances on snacks being available when going out. Sophie seems to prefer the snack that's in front of her.

  4. It does seem to be a thing to stand for emotional moments. People generally rise for the "Hallelujah" chorus of Handel's "Messiah" as well (even at Carnegie Hall in NYC). I've never attended a performance of it outside the U.S. so I don't know whether it happens elsewhere.

    1. In the UK standing for the Hallelujah Chorus is a tradition. It seemingly started when it was sung at its very first performance in front of George II. He was so moved he stood up. Ever since audiences have followed the royal example. I've seen people do the same in NYC. To stand for Highland Cathedral is unusual although five bagpipes in an enclosed space is quite an 'awesome' sound.

  5. Oh those cakes, I could compete with Leah on the drooling front

  6. The Font's reaction to cake is typically Swedish.
    I remember how it was when my husband worked for a Swedish Company, and we first went there many years ago - in the 60's. Coming from a country (the UK) where we had been made to eat absolutely everything on our plates, it seemed sacrilegious to take a small bite and leave the rest ! We learned, also, that you only took a small portion of any food offered, because it would be offered round again.
    Has Sophie discovered the secret of the refilling yoghurt pot, yet? Of course Bob is adorable - who would doubt it !

  7. The Font has impressive self-discipline. It's just as well that such fabulous pastries are not available to me.
    What could be lovelier than roses, blue sky and sunshine in May?