Isn’t it odd how phrases from entertainment slip so easily into our collective psyche? I used the phrase today ‘as high as an elephant’s eye’ to describe the alarming heights to which our lawn has grown and in saying that I suddenly fancied hearing the song that spawned these words for me – ‘Oh What A Beautiful Morning’. I couldn’t have told you what musical it was from (‘Oklahoma’) yet I know this song so well from childhood. I also realised today that I spookily seem to know the other songs from this musical incredibly well … well enough to mentally sing along.
I generally don’t like musicals, and nor did my parents, so I assume I saw this move once, maybe twice as a child on BBC Sunday afternoon viewing. Maybe what made the songs so memorable back then is the exact same feeling I get now watching this compilation: Doesn’t vintage American country life look so ruddy wholesome? Don’t you just want to step into that world?
Go on – get lost …. in that idyllic world… :)
Apropos of nothing, other than I read this only a couple of days ago and feel I have to share it:
All photographer friends out there – have you seen the news that Photoshop in its hard copy form is being discontinued? Oh sure, you can subscribe on a monthly basis to a Cloud version but you will no longer own a copy of the program. I don’t know about you but it strikes me that monthly subscriptions to the ‘world and his wife’ are the quickest way to lose track of finances and get into debt…. especially if the monthly subscription is Adobe’s proposed $50. This drastic change seems destined to cut out the little people once and for all and I, for one, am pi$$ed.
There aren’t nearly enough photos of me up here (!) and whilst going through all the oldies but goldies I came across this one and thought I’d share:
I imagine who ever took the shot (my brother, I’m guessing) thought the wotsits (what are they? ground squirrels??) were a whole lot more interesting than me – hence the ‘no head’ thing. Actually I’m finding this shot quite interesting.
Did I really bend that way once upon a time? Was I really that slim? I still like those clogs – I wish I had those clogs right now. And those trousers…except they wouldn’t fit me of course…and I’d look, frankly, ridiculous in them. What did happen to that melting heart ring? ‘Cos I like that too. And the belt – it had a Pierre Cardin watch in it, not that it was any use as a watch . I mean, you try reading the time from your belly button. Hmm…the bag’s not too bad either …but all together? Wow. What was I thinking?
The under-side of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Another vintage photo, taken in the 1970s, and scanned from a transparency.
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It’s raining today so I’ve been loading some of my old photos to Flickr and Red Bubble here. This is one of my favourites, taken when I was in California in 1972 on a beach somewhere between Carmel and Monterey. It appeals to me because it reflects gentle innocence. The child is buck naked. That’s not something you’d see too often now because of concerns about weirdos and pervs around every corner.
I’ve also been looking at how that beach quickly shelves just in front of the toddler, and now that I’m older I know that this area of coastline is home to many, many seals … and many, many seals = shark food (i.e., there is a thriving shark population here).
I’ll let you into another secret … just yards away from Mum and babe was some kind of small outlet pipe. I’d like to think that it was for rain water but back in the ’70s it wasn’t uncommon for houses to empty out their waste water directly into the sea.
I bet that’s just ruined your enjoyment of the innocent idyll. I should really have just kept schtoom, now shouldn’t I?
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~ A Little Blue ~
We’ve just had some enormous conifers (cupressus leylandii) removed from the top of our garden and look what I found once they’d gone: a pretty blue hydrangea. It’s like receiving a free gift!
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Woody. She now resides at Lake Tahoe and is known by the name ‘Woody’. Built by famous engineer and boat builder Garfield Wood in 1931 this is the Rolls Royce of motor cruisers and utterly beautiful. When I saw her I thought of Marilyn Monroe – scenes with the millionaire and the fancy yacht in ‘Some Like it Hot’.
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Shiny. I have no idea what type of car this is other than it’s American…anyone got any ideas?
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