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A little squirrely joy for a winter’s day …

Clearing out the basement, well, truthfully, a corner of the basement a few days ago I uncovered a three hole pipe which, for those readers who are not into folk music, is the blown half of a pipe and tabor – the original “one man band”. Once upon a time I learned to play a single tune on this fine instrument but I’m blowed (a fine bit of word-play there, don’t you think?) if I can remember what it was after 25+ years. Suffice it to say that you can play surprisingly good music on a pipe that only has three holes – as will be demonstrated.

And so – I wandered down a deep rabbit hole on the internet, as one does, and surfaced some time later to find this band playing. It’s a pandemic Zoom performance between members of The Pipe and Tabor Society of Japan and The Taborers Society of England. The tune is from Playford’s collection of dance music published in 1651 and goes under the title of Hunt the Squirrel. If you follow my Facebook posts you may already have seen this briefly appear there but I wanted the link preserved for posterity. Be warned, the tune is a real ear-worm.

Pay particular attention to the Japanese musician’s squirrel. I rather suspect that performer is a professional who is slumming it with the rest of them for fun.

As I said three minutes of joy for a cold afternoon.

Friday, February 19, 2021|Categories: music squirrels|Tags: , |0 Comments
211, 2020

Recipe – Stuffed Focaccia

Monday, November 2, 2020|Categories: bread, Recipe|Tags: , |2 Comments

I have to give 100% credit to my friend Emily, the “Baking Queen” for this idea. Recently she posted about stuffed focaccia and her rolled creations looked so appealing I had to try. Especially I had to try as half the inhabitants here have to avoid gluten and my GF regular focaccia is the outstanding winner of [...]

2510, 2020

Early winter community jollity

Sunday, October 25, 2020|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe|Tags: , |1 Comment

Looking to the future - When I was a kid over a half century ago Hallowe’en (it had an apostrophe in it back then) was an indoor party with "exciting" games such as apple bobbing. Nobody actually had these parties but we read about them in children’s story books, probably written pre-war. Sometime during the eighties before we [...]

2510, 2020

On the Street Where You Live – an Idea

Sunday, October 25, 2020|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, Landscape, photography, streets|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

A Project Perhaps? We were walking near home recently, as we do every day to keep things working as they should be, and went along a short stretch of a road separated from the Autoroute 20 (that's the very busy and noisy road to Toronto) by a dense but narrow stretch of trees on undeveloped land. It's the [...]

2310, 2020

Forest Walking

Friday, October 23, 2020|Categories: arboretum|Tags: , |0 Comments

The End of Autumn We had thought that our last visit to the forest a couple of weeks ago would be the high spot of the tree colour this year but somehow the leaves have hung on and this morning's exercise found us walking under some more glorious golden trees. That and we saw the Red-bellied Woodpecker. [...]

510, 2020

Communicating the Value of Things

Monday, October 5, 2020|Categories: commentary, environment|Tags: , , |0 Comments

I’m just getting into a collection of essays ("Vesper Flights" - Helen Macdonald) by a Historian of Science at Cambridge. I was struck by this paragraph from her introduction. "What science does is what I would like more literature to do too: show us that we are living in an exquisitely complicated world that is not all [...]

2409, 2020

West Island Wildlife #1

Thursday, September 24, 2020|Categories: 1000 Species, Magazine|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

West Island Wildlife #1 A new venture ...  A 14 page illustrated "webzine" to introduce readers to the amazing variety of wildlife and plants to be found in the green spaces, parks and gardens of the West Island of Montreal. This is the first of what is hoped to become an occasional series of seasonal publications - [...]

2009, 2020

Wet Day

Sunday, September 20, 2020|Categories: Landscape|Tags: |0 Comments

No particular reason to share this photograph other than that I like it.  This was some 30+ years ago in the middle of Bordeaux ... it was a truly wet day to go sightseeing.

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