Sunday, October 08, 2017

I may never have been to Wichita but...

Playlist
Gidon Kremer - Happy Birthday
David Bowie - Heroes
Avatar - Feathers & Flesh
Take That - Wonderland
Katy Perry - Witness
Sombre Reptiles - Bitter Sweet Covers
Matt Jencik - Weird Times
Ben Frost - The Centre Cannot Hold
The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful (Deluxe Edition)
Inward Oceans - Weather the Storm
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Vietnam War (Original Score)
Ben Frost - Threshold of Faith EP
Depeche Mode - Spirit
The National - Sleep Well Beast
Dream Evil - SIX
Chris Rea - Road Songs For Lovers
Ke$ha - Rainbow
Rivers & Robots - Presents  ... Still Vol. 1
Francesco Tristano - Piano Circle Songs
Steve Roach - Nostalgia for the Future
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Rubinmusik 1977-2017
Lorde - Melodrama
Save Us from the Archon - Melancholia
Coldplay & The Chainsmokers - Kaleidoscope EP
Julien Marchal - Insight III
Neil Young - Hitchhiker
Marilyn Manson - Heaven Upside Down
Lady Antebellum - Heart Break
Macklemore - Gemini
Calvin Harris - Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Mogwai - Every Country's Sun
Luca D'Alberto - Endless
Mastodon - Emperor of Sand
Tony MacAlpine - Death of Roses
Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold
Taylor Swift - 1989 (Deluxe)
Magma Waves - And Who Will Take of You Now

Up and listening to one of the new CDs from yesterday...

It's just OK I suppose...

Then on to some of the recent downloads, which are better - mostly...

To the gym with Anne...

The Killers new one soundtracked...

Of course spending a couple of hours there over the weekend will probably not make up for the various pints of lager and glasses of wine drunk and pasta eaten on Friday; nor yesterday's fine fayre chez Julia; nor the curry and cake intake due to take place later today...

But maybe, just maybe, it'll help...

Re-learned "Wichita Lineman", Anne having mentioned my never having played said classic, while we looked through Julia's big book of cover songs last night...

There is, however, a recording of my rendition, on a Sombre Reptiles CD from 1995 entitled "Bitter Sweet Covers"...

Of course it's currently unavailable to anyone but me...

To my mum's around three - she was bright and breezy and has hired a physio to assist her in strengthening her legs and arms...

Good on her for that...

To Jane and Bobby's for a birthday tea of sorts for Jane and Maureen (in two days' time)...

Olly and Kitty had made this...


...which was, of course, attracting considerably less attention than Slovenia V Scotland in the World Cup on the TV...


Leigh Griffiths scored a cracking opening goal and Scotland were 1-0 up at half time...


Kitty and I headed to the Indian with her list...



We got a little bit money off and Kitty got a free can of Irn Bru...

What a nice man Mr Feast is...


By the time we returned with (far too much) food, it was 1-1 then 2-1 to Slovenia...

A late equaliser and a sending off in injury time only staved off the inevitable glorious failure we've come to know and regret since France 1998...

Oh well...

It's only a game...

The cake was enjoyed by all...


...including the birthday girls...


A look round Bobby's mum's new apartment on the way home as he picked up Rafa the Dog...

And, of course, as we arrived home, Tiger trotted in...



He's quite good at pretending to be sound asleep around midnight when it's time for him to go...

A crafty wee monkey indeed...

Highlight of the Day : Family visits...

Saturday, October 07, 2017

It's all good, literally...

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - 2017 Live Set
Various - Stax o' Soul
Various - Trojan Reggae Rarities Box Set
Iglooghost - Neo Wax Bloom
Lunatic Soul - Fractured
Tangerine Dream - Quantum Gate
Udo Lindenberg - Stärker als die Zeit LIVE
Jacques Brel - Les 100 Plus Belles Chansons

Up early, podcast uploaded and to the gym for some cycling and some leg pressing...

Home for some scrambled eggs on toast...

At 10:30, over to pickup Dr Prog for a few hours of catch up...

We traversed the university campus, where youngsters were being accompanied by their parents to today's open day...

The doc wished them the best of luck...


To the music library - Phil was on the look out for Tchaikovsky while I picked up two 3CD boxes of reggae, a 5CD set of Jacques Brel and the latest from Explosions in the Sky...

Down to the Grassmarket and a couple of completely unnecessary purchases for £3...

Gidon Kremeer and Kremerata Baltica, over which I'd swithered a few weeks back, when here with the Exec Producer...


...and this tasty soul collection...


Lunch at Scooby Doo's...



Phil has acquired yet another new set of headphones for far too much money...


Keeps him happy though...

A walk back towards the car...


...for coffee and cake at what was once the Beanscene - I eschewed the "biggest vanilla slices in Christendom" for a wee raspberry and coconut item - apple slice for the Doc...

World set to rights, we parted, as he took the shoe-leather option home...

Back to the car...


Stax on the sound system...

Home for some ripping and listening and watching the Twitter feed describe Queens struggling to beat lowly Montrose 3-1 in extra time in the Irn Bru cup - having only equalised in the dying minutes of the game...

Win ugly indeed...

In the evening, a drive to Armadale for a visit to chum Julia, ex-mum of much missed Meg the Black Cat...

She is a quite superb cook and much of the evening was spent in the kitchen as she conjured up delight after delight...


..accompanied by a now 5 years old Phoebe the Dog...


Dates with home made sweet nuts and cuts of ham appetized...



...while Julie made a tart tatin from scratch...





With that into the oven, pork balls in a Thai sauce was set about...









Tasty as tasty can be...


The tart emerged...


...and was set to one side as we retired to the living room...

Phoebe likes chasing the output of a laser pen...

It's difficult to capture...





Julia also entertained with her Ukulele...




The tart was tipped successfully...



..and left to cool for 20 minutes as we took Phoebe for her evening stroll, complete with flashing collar...


Then, home for French apple tart...


..and ice cream...


We felt totally spoiled...

Back to the living room and some duets undertaken - "Sweet Jane", "Hallelujah"...


...and some good chat on various topics, family, music, life, etc etc...

And some strange videos watched - Jake Thackary, and Indian ensemble with an excellent rendition of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" and a policeman singing along to Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off"...






Good skies as we left just before eleven...


Almost inevitably, Tiger visited on our arrival home...


A good day...

Highlight of the Day : All of it...