Monday, April 02, 2007


So, here we are again. Monday morning, sunny and cool, sky blue but with the gentlest and thinnest haze of high-level clouds. The coming week should be the same, with temperatures in the mid-teens (measured at the airport, which will mean up to 20°C down here in the valley). I saw on my walk downtown on Saturday morning that the chestnuts were leafing out, but didn't have the camera with me. Their young leaves have something of the charming awkwardness of puppies stumbling over their own outsized feet.

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I went for a long walk at the Bärensee with Princess yesterday, enjoying the sunshine and talking about Life etc. as one does. Neither of us had eaten since breakfast so we braved the thronging hordes and had lunch at the Schlössle which was entirely adequate. One doesn't expect gourmet cooking in the middle of a park. We saw turtles sunning themselves on a half-submerged log, and a half-dozen Mandarin ducks (sorry about the poor focus, either my hands were shaking with excitement or reflections from the water confused the camera).

Then to a concert in a church near her house, where Famous Photographer's choir sang Telemann's Lukas-Passion (1744) which I had never heard before. Telemann was something of a specialist, he composed 46 Passions (which is why they tend to be known by name and year). Nice music well sung, but it isn't going to replace Mozart or Bach in my affections.

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Blogger Pacian said...

Oh! I once saw a lone Mandarin duck, among a throng of Mallards. I wondered what on Earth it was. o_O

April 2, 2007 at 11:17:00 a.m. GMT+2  
Blogger zhoen said...

I thought it a wood duck. You are correct, of course, Mandarin, but they do have something of the same exoticism.

April 2, 2007 at 11:40:00 a.m. GMT+2  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

Ooh! Pretty.

Love the pictures and glad to hear you are feeling better.

April 2, 2007 at 6:31:00 p.m. GMT+2  
Blogger brooksba said...

Sounds like a lovely day! I'm happy to hear you're feeling better and getting out and about.

April 3, 2007 at 6:32:00 a.m. GMT+2  

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