Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my flute pupil Luke’s mother and shows a spectacular fire on the hills near Langholm which she saw this afternoon. If it was part of the customary heather burning, we hope that they had it under control.
It was another lovely day today so it was a bit of a pity to spend it indoors but the chance to sing Mozart’s Requiem had not come my way before so it couldn’t be helped.
I had a quick moment to snap one of the ubiquitous garden blackbirds before we left….
…and then it was off to Carlisle. I would have taken the opportunity to add many tasteful and beautifully composed shots of the Cathedral and its environs to this post if only I had managed to put the card back in Pocketcam before I left home. Ah well.
Mrs Tootlepedal spent a very happy day wandering around the town making useful and economical purchases while I rehearsed so we both had a good day.
I had been very nervous about the singing and this nervousness was enhanced by finding that I was one of only about ten people in a choir of over ninety who had not sung the work before. However, I found an excellent singer whom I knew to sit beside and a young music student who was extremely familiar with the work sat straight behind me so I was literally and metaphorically in a very good place.
We started at eleven and had two hour and a half spells of practice and then a performance at four o’clock. This was quite hard work but the pleasure of being able to sing confidently (for the most part) was very great and the whole experience was most satisfying.
I met Mrs Tootlepedal for lunch in the middle of the day and she came to the performance which she enjoyed.
It was still a lovely day when we got home and I took a moment to wander round the garden.
I like the red tulips in the back bed, especially when the evening light shines through the petals.
The daffodils are eager not to be overlooked just because the tulips have come out.
There was a bee buzzing round the pulmonaria. I wonder if it is a trick of the light or does it only have one wing?
I can’t imagine that a bee can fly with one wing missing so it must be the light.
Another new flower has come to join us.
The garden was still full of blackbirds.
It was such a lovely evening that the light was still good enough for a late cycle ride but I foolishly sat down for a moment and inadvertently fell asleep. Who knew that Mozart was so tiring?
There were no flying birds in the evening so today’s flying bird was caught while the feeder was still in the shadows before we left for Carlisle.
31 thoughts on “Well covered”
Mozart’s Requiem, no more needs to be said!
Glad you enjoyed the Mozart, a wonderful experience. That burn off smoke was pretty impressive too.
I’m glad that things went well for you. Too bad that you forgot the memory card though. I’m surprised that you had the time or energy for any photos after the long day in Carlisle.
It was such a lovely day that the old buildings were looking particularly inviting to a snapper.
I’m surprised that they burn the heather with so much peat there. Peat is hard to put out once it gets going. Whatever it was that looks like a humdinger of a fire.
I like the new Cardamine. The flowers remind me of dogbane.
I’m glad your turn at basking in the glow of the limelights went so well.
They have had some bad fires over the years. They try to get them set and put out as quickly as possible.
I am glad the Mozart went well. The Requiem is one of my favourites. I loved your flying bird of the day – the wing feathers are wonderful. Beautiful flowers with the low sun shining through the petals.
I like a sunny evening best of all in the garden.
The grass seed farms do field burning here. The air can get so thick with smoke the sunlight has an orange glow at mid-day, feeling like an alien world.
There are strict rules about burning the heather and I wonder if the fire in the picture was a mistake rather than part of the management of the hill.
I like that shadowed bird.
It was shot by necessity as the sun rose too slowly.
I am glad Mozart’s Requiem went well. I very much enjoyed the last classical performance I attended of the choir and orchestra. It was Handel’s Messiah and performed in a beautiful big stone church in Brisbane. Such a different experience listening to it live rather than a recording. I felt very emotional and had goose bumps. I left feeling very much restored. I love the way you’ve photographed the light through the flowers and the last flying bird shot is beautiful.
When Mrs Tootlepedal sang the requiem a few years ago, she burst into tears when the singing started.
So pleased to hear the Mozart experience was an out and out success. Your garden is looking beautiful!
We are nearly finished with the building works and then Mrs Tootlepedal will get to work on the soil.
Spectacular heather burning picture.
So glad you had such helpful neighbours for the Mozart. Wish I had been there.
Now that your confidence, knowledge and experience of the Mozart have been so enhanced, perhaps you’d just like to pop down here for next Saturday? There are only four tenors!
Particularly lovely tulips.
I need more than four to cover up my mistakes.
Great photo of the heather burning. Super show on the Mozart too by the sound of things.
I would have liked to have seen the fire. It looks quite alarming in Sharon’s photo.
Those tulips!! Oh my, so stunning! I loved the light in your evening photos today.
Congratulations on the successful performance!
The evening light is my favourite time of day.
Impressive cloud, but scary fire!
Here in the south Wales valleys we are being plagued by grass fires set by, it appears youngsters of 11 and up? Destroying wildlife and habitat, it’s criminal!
I had a look at the burnt area today as we went past and it was surprisingly small.
Carlisle is a lovely town. The Spring flowers are always lovely but I wish they flowered for longer.
An amazing photo of the fire.
When we checked later, it had not done much damage at all.
I’m glad the singing went well and the garden looks lovely. My pulmonaria seems to be a bee magnet at the moment too.
It equals dicentra as a bee attraction.