Friday, August 06, 2010

There they were gone...

... and now we are visitorless again. Normal service will be resumed at some point after the requisite recovery of mental and physical resources, rounding up of the British-to-French electrical adaptors, and washing.


E and B saying goodbye to Molly this morning, who has by now become quite accustomed to this level of worship, which also involves squabbles as to who gets to sit in the back seat of the car with her and casually dropped snack foods.

Lovely to see them, withal.

7 comments:

Barrett Bonden said...

A terrific use of "withal". Dictionaries typecast certain words as obsolete (in the pits) or obsolescent (beginning to slide there) and the avid word-jockey must seize and play with them. No such thing as an obs. word, merely those that lie outside quotidian needs. In fact I'm sure you used quotidian within the last month or so, and thus I'm simply aping my betters. I took it upon myself to resurrect "forsooth" recently and found it had sarcastic potential. I'll lend it you in exchange for "withal" in the hope that it will work for you, not simply provide punctuation.

How about the Proms? Mahler's Symphony for a Thousand, Die Meistersinger, Paul Lewis (Mrs BB's comfort-blanket substitute for James Mason) doing all LvB pno cti, and a Sondheim tribute that included Bryn Terfel and Simon Russell Beale. So rarely do you hear any of this when ascending in a lift at a multi-storey carpark. Oh, and an episode of Coast featuring Brittany shot endlessly and heart-stoppingly from helicopters. Why, I asked myself, don't I live there?

Lucy said...

BB - done, I'll try to find an opportunity for 'forsooth'. Doesn't it feature in the song 'Fever'?

We've not had a great deal of time for all the treats you mention - I only saw the Brittany episode of 'Coast' was on afterwards. However, I intend to make use of my wee mini laptop as a digital radio and catch up with some of the other things, thoguh the sound will probably be frightful.

I saw the photo of Bryn Terfel in the current RT and considered his being some kind of comfort-blanket substitute for James Mason myself, which is a thought which has not occurred to me before. Simon RB whom I think is also rather wonderful did a quickie on R3 about Tennyson last night too, I noticed, which I have added to the list of things to catch up with on Listen Again. Sadly, this doesn't work for telly here, i-player being denied us in these foreign parts.

Thanks for calling in so promptly!

Rouchswalwe said...

You've managed to capture the moment at the point in the action when memory jumps in to provide a charming soundtrack! I actually 'heard' your photo, Lucy!

HLiza said...

Kids and pets always click, isn't it? Thanks Lucy for your nice words on Iqa and the Phuket pics. We look at this episode of our life as normal life itself; you just grab what may come..deal with it and move on.grifisio

The Crow said...

Obviously, the girl likes Molly, but the boy...the boy is smitten!

Lucy said...

Thanks again.

Crow - absolutely! Molly was very patient with his constant attention and adoration, and accepted it graciously. Even Emily, the girl, though, was quite often observed to stop in her tracks and utter 'I love you!' at Mol with an almost tragic intensity. They are rather dramatic and expressive youngsters!

Zhoen said...

Makes me think of my aunt's dog, Gigi, who I loved more than any other relative. Maybe because she loved me back so fiercely.