Sultry summer evenings…

…are made for singing Gershwin. It’s, like, a rule. Or something.

So the warm weather has returned, and my freckles have started to kick in (I think it’s the Scots blood in me!), probably because yesterday I spent two and a half hours in glorious May sunshine watching my kiddies compete and attempt to qualify for next months sports day. Sorry, that should be ‘Sports Day’. Believe me, it is a huge deal here (as it is at most prep. schools) and the yummy mummies were out in force. Nice afternoon though, then a reasonably chilled boarding duty, then a swift drink with Quirky (she’s been a little blue, so it was good to touch base with her).

And then it was time to go home to grade, mark and moderate 43 Geography exams. By this morning!

The ride home was lovely, it was so balmy and warm, and I timed it exactly at twilight. It’s such fun zipping along the country roads in the half light, with the bats swooping playfully overhead (although I sometimes get worried they may hit me – our local bats are a little dim sometimes!). When I got home I was on dog duty ~ our eldest dog Freddie is blind (as a bat, now I conveniently think of it!) and can’t really hear all that well, so like the elderly gent he is, he must be taken for a turn about the garden.

And it was just lovely, standing there in the moonlight-half-light-twilight, watching as the stars started to pinprick through on the midnight blue canvas of the sky. And the garden looks lovely just now. It was so warm, it reminded me of evenings in Carolina, the humidity hanging like a blanket over everything. And I stood there, making sure Freddie had his exercise, I sang a few standards…I enjoyed ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ particularly, I haven’t sung that in ages! There’s something to be said for singing in the open air when there’s no-one about…the timbre is so different. Lovely.

One day till break…this term has felt pretty long so far, but respite of a sort is just over the hill.

Hope you are all enjoying the last burst of May!



  1. Miss Ash
    24th May 2007 / 2:22 pm

    Yay for lovely weather!!!!

  2. MyUtopia
    24th May 2007 / 2:43 pm

    I love the warm weather. I sat outside last night for over an hour just watching the clouds roll passed. It was awesome!

  3. Scott
    24th May 2007 / 3:09 pm

    I was out riding myself last night as well. very nice stuff weather here… didn’t see any bats though.cheers,scott

  4. JLee
    24th May 2007 / 3:43 pm

    Today is the last day of school for my daughter. I feel like I’m on summer vacation. yeeeaah!

  5. Oh great One
    24th May 2007 / 4:57 pm

    ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ I LOVE that song!My kiddo is out for the summer. I get to sleep in! YEAH!

  6. Sacred Suzie
    24th May 2007 / 5:11 pm

    What an absolutely perfect day and night you had, I loved following this tale with you and your dog sounds like the biggest sweetie pie around.I’m glad you sang, like a happy little songbird.

  7. Wiwille
    24th May 2007 / 5:37 pm

    “yummy mummies”?

  8. Heart Of Darkness
    24th May 2007 / 5:42 pm

    What do you do if you don’t know any Gershwin??? :)Have a great break!

    24th May 2007 / 6:29 pm

    syopin by hey.

  10. whatigotsofar
    24th May 2007 / 7:05 pm

    I got rhythm,I got music,I got my man,Who could ask for anything more?I’ve got daisies in green pasturesI’ve got my manWho could ask for anything more?Really, who could ask for anything more? Well… I would prefer a woman over a man, but that’s just how I roll.

  11. Elizabeth
    24th May 2007 / 8:54 pm

    Haha, I love how you’re talking about bats and then note how your doggie is blind as one – priceless!!

  12. Michael
    25th May 2007 / 1:16 pm

    Thank you for the visit.The weather is fabulous here too.Enjoy your weekend.Take CareMichael

  13. Left-handed Trees...
    28th May 2007 / 1:18 pm

    Your description of the stars was pure poetry to me…hope you’re getting out and enjoying them!Love,D.

  14. Amber
    30th May 2007 / 6:03 pm

    What a lovely post. Almost as if I were there with you and Freddie. But then, you wouldn’t have been singing all alone in the twilight. 🙂

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