The 25 Question Tag

A big shout out to Jennifer at PaperKutzs who encouraged all of us to join in with this challenge! Please check out her wonderful blog where you’ll find examples of her lovely handmade cards.

This 25 Question Tag was created by Creabealounge

Questions

1) What are you wearing?

Black trousers, rust coloured t-shirt and black Birkenstocks.

2) How tall are you?

I’m 166cm (5’51/2”)

3) What’s your favourite TV show?

I don’t really have one.

4) Who are your favourite singers?

I have loads of favourites, such as: Jonny Lang, Lenny Kravitz, James Morrison, Stormzy, John Newman……………….

5) Your favourite song?

How about Let Love Rule a track from the album of the same name released in 1989 by Lenny Kravitz, his debut studio album. It’s over 30 years old but the sentiments still hold true today.

6) Someone you miss?

My late parents

7) How old are you?

I’ve reached the age where you don’t ask!

8) Zodiac sign?

Typical Capricorn

9) What’s your favourite fictional character?

I don’t have one

10) Your favourite actors?

Hugh Jackman, Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman, John Malkovich, Michael B Jordan, Maggie Smith, Diane Keaton

11) Favourite colour?

Orange

12) Where do you go when you’re sad?

I’m so rarely sad but, if I were, I’d go for a bike ride along the coast.

13) How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

Depends what I’m doing but anywhere from 15-30 minutes tops.

14) The reason you started a blog?

Largely because I could.

15) Fears?

Surprises.

16) Last thing that made you cry?

I don’t honestly remember though with me it’s more likely to be tears of joy rather than tears of sadness.

17) Last (comic) book you read?

It’s been so long that not even I with my elephantine memory cannot remember.

18) What’s your favourite season?

Summer

19) What’s your favourite Christmas song?

Stille Nacht (Silent Night)

20) What’s your favourite food?

Lobster

21) Place you want to visit?

I want to re-visit Japan and Australia.

22) Last place you were?

Dubai in February – seems so long ago now!

23) What instruments do you play?

I used to play the descant recorder badly. Does that count?

24) Last sport-related activity you did?

This morning’s session of yoga and my first ride outside since the easing of Lockdown II.

25) Last song you sang?

Out of consideration for others, I don’t sing, ever.

I hope you’re having an enjoyable weekend, why not join in with the tag. Feel free to leave your answers below or in a separate post on your blog. Sx

Song Lyric Sunday #20

Jim Adams’ prompt for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge is Bird/Cat/Dog/Fish/Pet. I’m really not sure there’s anything in my record library that fits the bill. Oh, wait a minute, what about Reason to Believe by The Boss, Bruce Springsteen?

This is the last song on Nebraska, his sixth studio album, released in September 1982 by Columbia Records. Springsteen recorded the songs as demos on a 4-track recorder, intending to re-record them with the E Street Band, but decided to release them just as they were.The album begins with “Nebraska”, a first-person narrative based on the true story of 19-year-old spree killer Charles Starkweather and his 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, and ends with “Reason to Believe”, a complex narrative that offers a small amount of hope to counterbalance the otherwise dark nature of the album. The remaining songs are largely of the same bleak tone. Springsteen stated that the stories in this album were partly inspired by historian Howard Zinn’s book A People’s History of the United States.

Unlike previous albums, which often exude energy, youth, optimism and joy, the vocal tones of Nebraska are solemn and thoughtful, with fleeting moments of grace and redemption woven through the lyrics. The album’s reverb-laden vocals and mood combined with dark lyrical content have been described by music critic William Ruhlmann as:

One of the most challenging albums ever released by a major star on a major record label.

Because of the album’s somber content, Springsteen chose not to tour in support of the album, making it Springsteen’s first major release that was not supported by a tour, and his only such release until 2019’s Western Stars. Nebraska remains one of the most highly regarded albums in his catalogue.

Lyrics: Reason to Believe

Seen a man standin’ over a dead dog lyin’ by the highway in a ditch
He’s lookin’ down kinda puzzled pokin’ that dog with a stick
Got his car door flung open he’s standin’ out on Highway 31
Like if he stood there long enough that dog’d get up and run
Struck me kinda funny seem kinda funny sir to me
Still at the end of every hard day people find some reason to believe
Now Mary Lou loved Johnny with a love mean and true
She said “Baby I’ll work for you every day, bring my money home to you”
One day he up and left her and ever since that
She waits down at the end of that dirt road for young Johnny to come back
Struck me kinda funny, funny yeah to me
How at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe
Take a baby to the river, Kyle William they called him
Wash the baby in the water, take away little Kyle’s sin
In a whitewash shotgun shack an old man passes away
Take his body to the graveyard and over him they pray
Lord won’t you tell us, tell us what does it mean
At the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe
Congregation gathers down by the riverside
Preacher stands with a Bible, groom stands waitin’ for his bride
Congregation gone, the sun sets behind a weepin’ willow tree
Groom stands alone and watches the river rush on, so effortlessly
Wonderin’ where can his baby be
Still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Bruce Springsteen

Challenge Rules

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to Jim’s post or place your link in his comments section.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Most of all, have fun and enjoy the music.

Sculpture Saturday #36

The Fondation Maeght is one of my favourite museums of modern art. It’s situated on a hill overlooking Saint-Paul de Vence, not too far from where I live. It was established in 1964 by Marguerite and Aimé Maeght and houses paintings, sculptures, collages, ceramics and all forms of modern art.

Today’s sculpture is a stainless steel fountain by Belgian painter, sculptor, draughtsman, writer and fountain maker Pol Bury (1922 – 2005) who created and donated this structure to the Fondation in 1978.

Pol Bury was trained at the École des Beaux-Arts de Mons (Belgium) and, in his formative years, was a Belgian Surrealist (Walloon), a movement that was gathered around the emblematic figure of Achille Chavée, founder of the Rupture group (1938).

This experience was applied to his constructions and kinetic sculptures on which he worked almost exclusively from 1953. These are works in which Bury celebrated an unconscious equilibrium, combining simple forms and complex structures like a riddle, for the sake of defying the laws of gravity.

I’m going to be featuring sculptures from the Fondation’s grdens for the next few weeks or so – enjoy!

This challenge is kindly hosted by Susan Kelly over at No Fixed Plans.

Share a photo of a statue or sculpture – go on, give it a go, you know you want to!

Friday Photo Challenge – unique

This week Sandy’s challenge prompt is to post photographs of something unusual or UNIQUE that I’ve seen, experienced or read about in my hometown or my travels. I should take (or borrow) a photo and describe what made it UNIQUE to me.

The year to date has been pretty unique. I attended the Grand Depart of this year’s Tour de France in Nice and didn’t see one professional cyclist!

Thanks to the Covid travel restrictions, we were able to enjoy where we live this summer without crowds of tourists. From an economic standpoint, I’m hoping this was a unique situation.

Finally, here’s a gallery of photos from last year when we spent our first (and quite possibly last) Thanksgiving in US.

I’m much enjoying these weekly challenges hosted on alternate weeks by either Amanda or Sandy because they force me to think about what’s in my photo archives and how I might re-purpose them.

If you’ve enjoyed this post, why not join in the fun?

Friendly Friday

Thursday doors #95

For the time being, here’s my final batch of doors from Cannes.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments’ on Norm’s site, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time).

Sunshine’s Macro Monday #68

Finally, during Lockdown II, I’ve been out and about taking photos in the Domaine.

This busy bee was gi-normous (size of my thumb) and decided to join me on the terrace.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your helpful feedback and kind comments on these posts – most encouraging.

Sunshine’s Macro Monday Challenge was hosted by Irene a formidable photographer who encouraged us to scrutinise the smallest of details by getting up close and personal and bringing someone or something to life in a photograph. It was a one day challenge without prompts which I have continued to pursue. Feel free to join in and brighten everyone’s Monday.