Friday flowers

Clematis montana. Image: Su Leslie

Being efficient today, I’m bringing you two-for-one. Jude’s monthly Life in Colour project is all about pink this month. A perfect excuse for a pink-themed Friday Flowers post.

Hydrangea. Image: Su Leslie

Moth plant, Araujia sericifera. Image: Su Leslie

Hibiscus. Image: Su Leslie

Once again, I’m taking inspiration from Tracy (at Reflections of an Untidy Mind), and bringing you some music as well.

I love this lock-down version of Don’t Dream it’s Over with the new Crowded House line-up — and not just for bassist Nick Seymour in his pyjamas.

Friday flowers

Pineapple sage flower. Image: Su Leslie

Today I’m taking inspiration again from Tracy (at Reflections of an Untidy Mind), and am bringing you some music with my regular Friday Flowers.

I’ve always loved Michael Stipe’s music, and this song — written a year ago — is no exception.

Friday flowers

Image: Su Leslie

Today I’m taking inspiration again from Tracy (at Reflections of an Untidy Mind), and am bringing you some music with my regular Friday Flowers.

This cover of the Cranberries Dreams was recorded last year “to raise funds and awareness for Safe Ireland, an organisation that provides support for women and children who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse.”

Linger in the sun

Image: Su Leslie

Today I’m taking inspiration from Tracy (at Reflections of an Untidy Mind), and am bringing you some music with my regular Friday Flowers.

Gaelyn Lea is an incredibly talented American musician and advocate for disability rights. Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun is beautiful and haunting. Her words feel absolutely right for this time.

Don’t tell me we’ve got time

The subtle thief of life

It slips away when we pay no mind

— Gaelyn Lea, Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun

Macro Monday

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Kakabeak; Clianthus maximus, or kōwhai ngutukākā in Māori. Image: Su Leslie 2019

I was given several seeds of this native plant, and this one is the first to germinate.

Although kakabeak is popular with gardeners in New Zealand, most plants are grown from a just few cultivars. In the wild, both Clianthus maximus and Clianthus puniceus are critically endangered.

Although it’s likely my seeds are from one of the common cultivars, it is still a wonderful plant to grow for its beauty and as a food source for native birds. Eventually.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”  

― Chinese proverb

30 Days, 30 Songs, an ending of sorts

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Not the land I come from, but that which I call home. Image; Su Leslie 2019

The last day of my friend Sarah‘s 30 Days, 30 Songs project.

I had no idea it would be so difficult to choose just 30 songs to share. There are so many gaps, I’m seriously thinking of ways to incorporate more music into my blog — either as a regular “thing” I do, or as some sort of challenge/prompt. More to come on this …

But as Seneca (and Semisonic (1)) said “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”, so first things first.

For the last post I guess I could have chosen The Last Post.  No, not really.

My list of potential finale numbers was almost as long as the month itself, but in the end, I’ve chosen Lie in the Land, written and performed by Eva Prowse as part of the band Fly My Pretties.

I began the month with a New Zealand artist, and an image taken on Greenhithe Wharf. I’m ending it the same way.

I can’t find the lyrics of this song online anywhere, but it does include the lines:

Rolling on, rolling on

How do you find where you belong

Rolling on, rolling home,

Lie in the land that you come from

Sarah at Art Expedition has hosted 30 Days 30 Songs during June. You can hear all of her musical choices by visiting her blog. Her final song is one of my favourites too.

 

 


  1. The Semisonic song Closing Time, written by Dan Wilson, includes Seneca’s line.

 

Because the night

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Image: Su Leslie 2019

Day 29 of 30 Days, 30 Songs. I’m looking at the list of possible songs I made at the start and wondering why so few have been posted — and how those that have made the cut.

Simple choice today. Patti Smith is incredibly talented and Because the Night (written with Bruce Springsteen) is a great song.

Take me now, baby, here as I am
Pull me close, try and understand
Desire is hunger is the fire I breathe
Love is a banquet on which we feed

[Pre-Chorus]
Come on now try and understand
The way I feel when I’m in your hands
Take my hand come undercover
They can’t hurt you now
Can’t hurt you now, can’t hurt you now

[Chorus]
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lust
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to us

[Verse 2]
Have I doubt when I’m alone
Love is a ring, the telephone
Love is an angel disguised as lust
Here in our bed until the morning comes

[Pre-Chorus]
Come on now try and understand
The way I feel under your command
Take my hand as the sun descends
They can’t touch you now
Can’t touch you now, can’t touch you now

[Chorus]
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lust
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to us

[Bridge]
With love we sleep
With doubt the vicious circle
Turn and burns
Without you I cannot live
Forgive, the yearning burning
I believe it’s time, too real to feel
So touch me now, touch me now, touch me now

[Chorus]
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lust
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to us
Because tonight there are two lovers
If we believe in the night we trust
Because tonight belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lust
Because tonight belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to lust

10,000 Maniacs did a good cover of this in  1993. Worth listening to.

Sarah at Art Exhibition has hosted 30 Days, 30 Songs during June. You can hear her latest choice here.

Persimmon and walnut muffins … with Nina

img_4744 Persimmon, ginger and walnut muffins. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Saturday morning breakfast; coffee and muffins and the fabulous Nina Simone.

Like other artists I’ve included in my 30 Days, 30 Songs list, Nina Simone has provided much of the soundtrack to my adult life and I struggled to select just one song.

But this one is upbeat and perfect for a Saturday morning — and I do like the video.

We’re nearing the end of the 30 Days, 30 Songs challenge hosted by Sarah at Art Expedition. You can see her latest musical choice here.

Another not-exactly-Six-Word-Saturday; a challenge hosted by Debbie at Travel with Intent.