The Old Forge (Tuesday 13th August 2019)
This diary blip was taken at 2030 hr as the light was fading, when I realised I hadn't taken a photograph. It was Gardening Tuesday with Refna this glorious afternoon and while I tackled bindweed and brambles and made the tea, she was tackling this forsythia and another thuggish plant that has sprung up beside it.
A lot more light will now enter the ground behind it and we have plans to develop the area and resite the compost bins and incinerator, to get more colour into the garden.
In other Old Forge news, there are two baby robins and three or more baby coal tits making their presence known in the garden at the moment, Malcolm the Toad has been spotted in the pond for the first time this year, and I have placed an order for a new door for the outbuilding that will match the window.
13.8.2019 (2102 hr)
Blip #3009 (#2759 + 250 archived blips taken 27.8.1960-18.3.2010)
Consecutive Blip #000
Blips/Extras In 2019 #186/265 + #070/100 Extras
Day #3427 (766 gaps from 26.3.2010)
LOTD #2153 (#1994 + 159 in archived blips)
Diary Blip series
Old Forge series
Taken with Pentax K-1 Mark II and Tokina 20-35mm I f/3.5-4.5 AF 235 vintage lens
Woodland Garden (August 2019) (Flickr album)(Work in progress)
Lozarhythm Of The Day:
The Temptations - My Girl (recorded 25 September 1964 [track]/10 November 1964 - 21 December 1964, Hitsville Studio A, Detroit MI)
I fell down a Temptations rabbit hole this week and have been replaying four of their albums and a 2CD compilation of the group At Their Very Best, partly as a result of ordering a compilation of their work with producer Norman Whitfield called Psychedelic Soul. I was surprised to find that only four of their records have appeared as LOTDs and two of those were obscure tracks unreleased at the time. To compensate I now post probably their very greatest recording ever, indeed one of the best by anyone ever, described by Mavis Staples as "the sound of falling in love." Written and produced by Smokey Robinson who recorded a lesser version with his own group the Miracles five years later, it featured David Ruffin singing lead for the first time, instead of Eddie Kendricks (this may be why he is at the right in the video clip instead of centre stage). Smokey Robinson has said he wrote it for Ruffin to sing, but Ruffin says it was written for his daughter, while Smokey's wife Claudette says it was written for her. The ascending opening notes were composed and played by Miracles guitarist Robert White and inspired the guitar pattern in Day Tripper.
One Year Ago:
Calne (Thistle and Snail)