Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Wet tidings

Water was much in evidence this weekend and for the start of the week!  On Saturday morning we wandered along the River Asker enjoying the golden colours of the trees alongside the river. In the evening under a heavy deluge of rain, we walked through steams of water flowing along the road, to see The Simon and Garfunkle Story. It was very good, the singers looked and sounded like the original artists, and between the songs they sung they told us the artists story. We felt as if we had been transported back into the 1970's, we didn't escape from water here either listening to Bridge over Troubled water!


I was first introduced to Simon and Garfunkle when we had a new music teacher at school, she was younger and recently divorced, struggling to bring up her new children alone. (it was rare in those days.) The songs we had previously been singing in music lessons were old fashioned and dull. She obtained new music books for us with songs from the Beatles, and she would also play us songs from her favourite LP's. One day she invited a few of us to lunch, and the sound of Simon and Garfunkle blasted through the air as we played in a Kent Hop Field, so their music always transports me back there. Did any of your music teachers influence your choice of music?


A friend came to lunch on Sunday and to walk off the roast dinner we walked along Cogden beach, it doesn't look like it but the height of the waves was about 8 foot high!


More heavy rain over night caused flooding. Donkey Lane,  probably an old smuggling path, was awash with water. Tavi loves water so he couldn't believe his luck to find lanes and roads full of it today! Luckily the waves had decreased in size today.



I have been looking for ages for a stool to sit and enjoy the view of the sea and this weekend I found it. It fits in with our coastal theme, although it too features lots of water!



It didn't take someone long to find how comfortable it was either! Hopefully it will be the one and only time that he gets to use it! I hope you haven't suffered too much rain this week.
Until next time.
Sarah x

30 comments:

  1. Ravi looks very pleased to be perched on your sea watching chair. I feel you might have to share :) Love your memoirs of music, intriguing how our choices are often influenced by teachers from the past. My musical choices came from listening to Radio Caroline as a teenager. Hope it's a little drier and calmer for this week. Enjoy your sea watching. B x

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  2. Simon and Garfunkle transport me back to school days too. Like you, we had a teacher who played their music, but this was a Commerce teacher and a handful of us used to help her weekends with her horses in Lyndhurst. She house shared with a couple of other teachers too and S &G music always seemed to be playing in their house. When I hear Bridge over Troubled Waters, I can exactly pinpoint where I was, having just walked a lively pony 4 miles through the forest, lol.

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    1. That's amazing that our memories are similar with the same piece of music! Sarah x

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  3. It's been a wet week on this side of the Atlantic the past week too. Now we have the cold with it. We know what's next all too well.

    What is it about dogs and water? Our granddog finds every drop too.

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  4. That stool is perfect for Tavi - I think that you might have lost it already. I have just bought a stool too, one that I hope will hold three of our younger people and help out with the seating at Christmas time when everyone is descending on us.
    The last picture and the ones of the sea are lovely.

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  5. It really has been wet hasn't it. Out on Monday I was taking great care in driving, and was so pleased to get back indoors to enjoy a cuppa!

    I like your stool, and good to see Tavi liking it too!

    Hope the rest of this week goes well for you.

    All the best Jan

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  6. Dry as a bone around here, but I've heard of the storm there. I love your new bench and I bet Tavi thinks you got it for him.

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  7. My it's been wet hasn't it. Lots of flood water around here, especially down the lanes. Beautiful new stool, I hope those paws are clean! Hope you have a good rest-of-the-week and that you stay dry. CJ xx

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  8. That is a beautiful stool, the dog also like it! :)
    It is November, lots oft wind and also Water.

    Sigrun

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  9. teeehee.....Tavi knows what's GOOD! Oh Sarah, happy winter! We too got a wet start but now there is a beautiful blanket of snow for us!

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  10. Funnily enough I've been listening to Simon and Garfunkel recently - their songs never age, do they? Such beautiful close harmonies. No wonder you remember your music teacher, what an inspired woman to bring modern music to the class! I had a physics teacher who realised that my lot in the bottom division were a lost cause and so always brought jazz records to the class - demonstrating how a needle could reproduce sound waves, I think! My teachers were a spirited lot, back in the day when the state curriculum didn't have to be so closely followed!
    Sweet that Tavi has had such a lovely wet weekend - at the risk of spoiling his fun, I do hope there aren't too many more like that! Caro x

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  11. Tavi is so cute.

    Photo #5 looks so much like one of my views when I watch the sunset from our house rather than the beach. I look at the sky behind a very similar tree.

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    1. That amazing we have similar views from our homes! Sarah x

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  12. Dear Sarah,
    I believe you just lost your stool. Haaaa Someone looks very comfortable there.
    Your beach photos are breathtaking.
    blessings,
    Penny

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  13. My heart will always give a little lurch looking at Tavi, he is so like our last lovely dog, Chocky.
    I hope you have survived all the wild weather we have seen happening in the UK, the angry seas and wind and rain...too much!
    Simon & Garfunkel transports me right back to my College days, I'm going to dig out the my favourite CD today!

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  14. We have had some very wet and windy weather recently. That sea looks very rough, I would want to view the beach from some distance I think!
    I hope Tavi didn't jump on your stool after running about in those wet lanes!

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  15. Great photos again - I especially love the one with the single tree against a beautiful sky. I can't remember a thing about my music teacher except that she always seemed very displeased with me!
    My musical influence came from Radio Luxemburg and Radio Caroline; nowadays the Johnnie Walker "Sounds of the Seventies" radio show brings back all those lovely memories.

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  16. Love your shots of the sea - I can almost smell it. I remember being amazed - with the arrogance and naivety of youth - when our English teacher confessed to liking Bohemian Rhapsody. Apparently, Simon & Garfunkel often fell out - mainly (I gather) because Paul Simon can be 'difficult'. He writes fabulous songs, though!

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  17. Hi Sarah,

    Lovely photos of the sea and how wonderful your new stool is - Tavi looks very cute and comfortable sitting there. Simon and Garfunkle was music we always enjoy. Saw Paul Simon the other night on Jools Holland show and googled it to find his age and he is 75.
    Hope you are enjoying the week and the rain goes away for a bit.
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  18. Surprisingly we are having lots of sunshine, frost, and snow on the mountains - lovely walking weather.

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  19. I love the sight of Tavi perched on your lovely new stool. Dogs do have a habit of claiming furniture for their own. Super photos of the sea and flowing water in your local countryside after the rains. After the late summer/early autumn drought, we've had some heavy rain at last. One woman had to be rescued from her car in a local ford when the weather went from one extreme to the other.

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  20. Ha ha, Tavi! Dogs always find the best spots :-) It's been wild, wet and windy here but thankfully no flooding. I don't remember any of my teachers playing music but the older girls used to play S&G a lot in their common room and hearing Bridge over TW always makes me feel a little unsettled. (I didn't like school...) Sam x

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  21. Music and smells are the two things that most easily transport me directly into my past, sometimes evoking a very specific memories. Your stool is perfect--for Tavi! Keep warm and dry.

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  22. Oh so cute dog :) Lovely lovely pictures, the nature there is just amazing...
    Have a beautiful weekend, take care!
    Titti

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  23. I hope your area did not sustain any damage from all the rain! I've actually seen Simon & Garfunkel in person! In 1967 in a university gymnasium. Tickets were $2. Can you believe it!

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    1. That must have been amazing to see and at such a good price too! Sarah x

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  24. Hi Sarah,

    Tavi makes me laugh. That is so like a Westie to immediately claim a piece of furniture as their own. Things were definitely different in the 70s. Our small town hired a music teacher who, when he showed up, had a live-in girlfriend. I remember how shocked and upset everyone was at the time.

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    1. Yes that is typical westie behaviour! How times and attitudes have changed you don't realise how much until you look back! Sarah x

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  25. Sadly I remember a little old music teacher who was given a very hard time particularly by the rougher boys in the class when she had us sing 'where the bee lurks there lurk I, in a cowslip bell I lie...' I am not sure if she knew The Beatles existed. She always seemed on the verge of a breakdown. (I still like Where the bees lurk.)

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  26. The wet-weather scenes convey the excitement of the elements! I love your stool, too - because maps are also wonderful.

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