Friday, July 15, 2016

Inside guest, Dorothy's basket and Echoes of France

- When I was watering the outdoor plants this morning, I accidentally knocked off these lovely blooms from the Dragon Wing Begonia.  The leaves are still damp from the morning drink.  I have these pretty pottery bud vases, that usually go unused, and hope the blossoms last a little while in this one.

- Lots going on in this photo - the basket was found at an antiques shop in the North Carolina mountains.  It's called a "Jeremiah Basket" (it still has a tag on it, brown with age) and was made by a woman named Dorothy Sprinkle.  I love Dorothy's basket.

- I've had those four paperback books (lying horizontally), since I was a teenager.  Treasures I decided to keep.  And my friend Karin Slaughter has the rest of that shelf dedicated to her books. 

My friend Meda, who lives in the UK, had just posted the following YouTube video of La Marseillaise (the French National Anthem) - subtitled Echoes of France - in honor of Bastille Day, on facebook, just before we heard of the latest attack last night in Nice.  I am heartsick.  So I share this video in a sort of tribute to the people of Nice.  It features Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli & Le Quintette du Hot Club de France (1946).


17 comments:

sage said...

Nice photo of important things that you identify with. What happened in France in terrible.

LL Cool Joe said...

When I read Dorothy's basket I assumed it was the one in The Wizard of Oz. And it looks very similar, all you need is a little dog in it now!

Terrible news about France. :(

Louvregirl said...

Thank you for posting "Echoes of France." I got up early to read the news to process the sadness. LOVE love the basket made by a women with the last name "Sprinkle." I heard that name in the mountains...And of course you know I love the references to those tall and proud soldiers, the Appalachian mountains of NC. :-D

Lee said...

I love "Cross Creek"...I see it is there on your shelf. I also have the book; and I've seen the movie a couple of times, too...and loved it, as well. A wonderful, emotive story.

Only two weeks ago I put up a YouTube clip of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli from their Quintette du Hot Club de France days. Back in the late 1970s Grapelli visited a restaurant I used to work in part-time. He visited it a couple of times as a guest of the owner. Unfortunately, his visits were after I'd stopped working there. How I wished I'd still be working there at the time of his visits.

I still have on of the Quintet's LPs amongst my music collection.

Sad times in France...tragic...

Lynn said...

Sage -

I really had nothing to post about today and then the snapping dragon wing begonia branch happened and it lead to that.

What happened in France is just a series of terrible things - week after week. It's beyond scary - things happening in the world. The last bombing in Istanbul hit close to home because my sister had just walked through that area earlier and was in a plane on the tarmac when the bombing happened. I don't always refer to these world events, but did today, because it was fresh on my mind. Sometimes I just go dark and don't post at all. (But that doesn't seem like the right thing to do either.)

Joe -

Ha! I haven't made that Oz connection before. I've always loved Toto doggies. :)

lg -

I'll bet you miss the mountains. I love them, too. The news is hard to process, isn't it? It's become all too commonplace, unfortunately.

Lee -

I love Cross Creek, too + The Yearling.

I don't remember the clip you are talking about and just tried to find it and couldn't. Did I post the same one? That's a coincidence, for sure. I was just tagging off Meda's facebook post last evening. That's neat that you have an LP.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn - good luck with the cutting (inadvertent or not) ... wonderful basket - and yes some books survive with us ... France is just dreadful - while your youtube clip is a perfect choice - no wonder you brought it over for us ... peace to the world .. cheers Hilary

Riot Kitty said...

Those flowers are beautiful.

I feel so bad for the world right now. So much violence.

Elephant's Child said...

Love your books, your begonia and your basket. Alliterary beauty.
And my heart hurts for France. Still. Again.

Mama Zen said...

I love that basket!

Lee said...

Hi again, Lynn...I put the clip up on my Facebook page...sorry, I meant to mention that in my previous post but accidentally left it out when I got on a roll! :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrp32vHfnlM&feature=shar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS2jIsclLPg&list=PL5C271F6054680037

Debra She Who Seeks said...

The only person I've ever heard of with the surname "Sprinkle" is Annie Sprinkle, who was (is?) a lesbian-feminist porn star. Well, we each have our own points of reference, eh?

Granny Annie said...

Love the tribute to France. Very timely. I might share it on my Facebook page. Just like LL Cool Joe I thought the basket was going to be Dorothy's from Wizard of Oz. Gave you a shout out on my blog post today.

Betty Manousos said...

hi lynn,
thank you for this lovely post! such beautiful blossoms!
love your flowers, your books and your basket.


terrible tragedy in nice, france. so much violence in the world today.
so sad...

big hugs!

Sparkling Red said...

What unusual vases! Well, those flowers will probably receive more of your attention indoors than their cousins outside, even if it's only for short time.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love the basket!

What happened in Nice was shocking....

Snaggle Tooth said...

Shame about that attack- Pretty flower sacrifice to it tho-

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

I first heard of Django R. About a year ago when we heard some so called gypsy jazz. I bought several CDs on Amazon and several performances for from the paris nightclub you mentioned.