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Pursued by the Muses of prose, poetry, and music.

Archive for the tag “Summer”

Monday Morning #Haiku 167 & 168 — Grasshoppers

Summer sun burns blue
Grasshoppers take siesta
Too hot to chirrup
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Dog swishes meadow
Grasshoppers activated
Their springs uncoil

Wordless Wednesday — Playing Hide & Seek

Sarah (Friston Manor Gardens)

Monday Morning Haiku #73 — Hibiscus (“Denim Revolution”)

Hibiscus (Denim Revolution)

Sunshine expected
Hibiscus dressed in denim
Never mind the rain

Wordless Wednesday — Female Roe Deer Feasts At Bird Table

Roe Deer Feasts At Birdtable

~ Image, courtesy ofĀ  a family member ~
Many thanks to “Anon” for allowing me to share this beautiful capture šŸ™‚

Sabbatical From Blogging

July Herbaceous Border

Goodbye for July
Battery recharge required
See you in August
Brain about to short-circuit
Writer in need of fresh air

I have had to make a tough call this month as there is so much going on. Apart from the annual three-week local Arts and Culture Festival taking place in my town, life is ultra-busy down the allotment, there are gardens to visit, people to see, a family to keep happy, and a book to finish editing.

My aim is to have my 60s urban fantasy novel ready to go on sale in eBook and paperback form by the end of the year. Yes, I’ve succumbed to persuasion by my writing buddies and my family to self-publish. Will tell you more about this on my return.

Lots of love to you all, my fabulous fellow bloggers. Sarah xxxx

Summer haiku #3

foxgloves

woodland garden mix
cultivated wildness
seed-packet foxgloves

Summer haiku #1

Tractor-in-Woods2

Oak tree canopy.
By humid summer meadow,
cool woodland retreat.

Music Passion

My summer music passion is for the English medieval song “Sumer is icumen in“, written by an anonymous composer in c1240 (although sometimes attributed to William de Wycombe). In this live recording by Lumina Vocal Ensemble, they experiment with an 8-part round on top. The normal form is to place a 4-part round on top, with a 2-part round underneath.

You can join in with adollyciousirony’s music fun for June atĀ http://allaboutlemon.com/2013/06/04/summer-music-passion-2/

Thanks to http://cognitivereflection.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/summer-music-passion/ for this month’s chosen song theme of summer.

And here are the song’s lyrics as sung in Medieval times, followed by a translation into modern English.

Middle English

Sumer is icumen in,
Lhude sing cuccu!
GroweĆ¾ sed and bloweĆ¾ med

And springĆ¾ Ć¾e wde nu,
Sing cuccu!
Awe bleteĆ¾ after lomb,
LhouĆ¾ after calue cu.
Bulluc sterteĆ¾, bucke uerteĆ¾,
Murie sing cuccu!
Cuccu, cuccu, wel singes Ć¾u cuccu;

Ne swik Ć¾u nauer nu.

Sing cuccu nu. Sing cuccu.
Sing cuccu. Sing cuccu nu!

Modern English

Summer has come in,
Loudly sing, Cuckoo!
The seed grows and the meadow
blooms
And the wood springs anew,
Sing, Cuckoo!
The ewe bleats after the lamb
The cow lows after the calf.
The bullock stirs, the stag farts,
Merrily sing, Cuckoo!
Cuckoo, cuckoo, well you sing,
cuckoo;
Don’t ever you stop now,

Sing cuckoo now. Sing, Cuckoo.
Sing Cuckoo. Sing cuckoo now!

Ā 

Tanka: #one

Summer breeze catches
party balloons on a gate:
a hint of thunder.
Sticky kids crammed in marquee
with one useless magician.

A flower haiku

Beauty’s enticement…

At sight of the English Rose

he loses his head.

Cover of "The English Rose"

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