(Photo taken on July 8, 2022 with the iPhone 13 Pro. Click for full version)
It literally feels like several years ago we attended a concert, but this will soon be rectified – over two days, we’ll be hearing all four symphonies by Johannes Brahms live at the Berwald Hall.
Plans for our vegetable garden and green house are coming along nicely. We’ll grow several varieties of tomato; there’ll be lettuce, carrots, beans, peas; there’ll be early, mid- and late season potatoes (we still have some left of last years’ late season!), and we want everything to be sprinkled with nice flowers, so we’ll hopefully have something resembling a potager.
Whether or not Desperate Housewives is really coming back, we’re enjoying the original series. Suicide, murder, blackmail – anything goes. Slickly produced with plenty of memorable one-liners. Recommended.
I have very much enjoyed Ted Lasso on Apple TV+. The whole series is absolutely lovely.
Currently setting the stage for a lovely Christmas and that includes getting into the spirit by watching Christmas movies. While Love, Actually will probably always be my personal favorite, there’s a whole bunch of interesting ones worth checking out – Harper’s Bazaar
Sorry, can you repeat that? Seems like I’m far from the only one not able to hear the dialogue in movies – /Film
One of the reviews of the iPhone 13 Pro that convinced me to make a purchase – Austin Mann
Don’t know what Christmas presents to get? Adopt an elephant orphan through one of Africa’s oldest wildlife charities – Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean—
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down—
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
More than three years has passed since I was updating this site on a regular basis. I’m slowly getting back to posting again.
We’re both currently working away in the country house. From the speakers in my study Igor Levit can be heard playing Bach’s Partitas. Good music for focusing.
The upcoming lunar eclipse on November 19 will be the longest since February 18, 1440 – and the longest for the next 648 years – Gizmodo
Enjoying the latest season of “Fake or Fortune?” – delightful show with lots of attention to detail.
Words matter. Control the language and you control the masses. Five years ago I linked to an article in The Spectator about the new “alphabet soup”, and here’s an article in The New York Times writing about the current state of things. It’s an exhausting, hot mess.