You’ll have to excuse my absence. I have been suffering from ‘not enough news’ syndrome and then it has been followed by ‘too much news’ syndrome. I shall gloss over the writers’ block period and rush straight to the ‘Oh my God, I love my life’ bit.
I had a week in Zurich staying with my friends who live in Schindellegi. I visited them in February when everything was covered in a thick layer of snow and Lake Zurich was covered in a thick layer of mist. What a difference 4 months makes. The sun shone, the lake re-appeared and the beautiful mountain scenery was revealed – gorgeous. Heidi country. Think cows with jangling bells around their necks, mountain chalets and impossibly green fields, pine forests and wild flowers, Julie Andrews spinning on a mountain top. Here are some winter/summer images, taken in Rapperswill.
This weekend, I have been at the Glastonbury Festival. My muddy adventures at the usual rain-sodden festival are well documented here. This year was the 40th anniversary of the first festival back in 1970 and for once the weather fairy had waved her magic wand and the sun shone. It was fabulous. The best ever. Lolling about (or dancing away) under clear blue, cloudless skies, glass of wine in hand, singing along to as diverse a set of performers as you will ever come across, people watching, chatting to complete strangers and re-uniting with old friends who I mostly only see once a year at Glastonbury, made for an amazing weekend.
There is something about live music that means you can listen to music you wouldn’t dream of playing at home yet it provokes a response that has you singing and dancing along with complete joy. (Thank you Seasick Steve and even more bizarrely, Slash, from Guns n Roses). Highlights of the weekend are many. Jackson Browne, Scissor Sisters, Shakira, Pet Shop Boys, Ray Davies, Jack Johnson, Faithless and the inimitable Stevie Wonder, who closed the festival last night. The only downside is the number of people who were performing I didn’t get to see. (Click to enlarge!)
To make a change from the muddy Glastonbury photographs, here are a few sunny ones.
I recently heard the phrase an ‘ear worm’ (from the German ‘Ohrwurm’) used to describe a song that gets embedded in your head and replays on a loop constantly in your unconsciousness. This has happened to me with this song to the extent I wake up with it running through my head. It’s by a band called Primary 1 who were performing at Glastonbury but I sadly missed them. This is their new single released on July 5th. Be warned it is SO catchy, you might get ear wormed….
As for the rest of the weekend, Formula 1 -yay for Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, less said about the football the better. At least I can concentrate on Wimbledon now, last week’s epic 11 hour match between Isner and Mahut was astonishing and a tribute to their mental toughness and physical strength. England football team, watch and learn and stop feeling hard done by for having to run about for 90 minutes while being paid a ridiculous amount of money. Dismal showing.
“There is something about live music that means you can listen to music you wouldn’t dream of playing at home yet it provokes a response that has you singing and dancing along with complete joy.”
That is so true.
I was extremely disappointed in England’s showing at the World Cup. I was really pulling for them, especially since the US was eliminated. Four years is such a long time to wait for another chance.
At least the USA gave us one brief moment of brilliance (the extra time goal by Donovan).
Your pictures are great and it looks like it was a wonderful time.
The US played with so much more heart and enthusiasm than England seemed to. Glad you supported us and sorry we let you down! At least we have the Euro competition in 2012 to look forward to. Although judging by how badly England, France and Italy played, all my favourite teams may not even qualify :-(
Love football and hoped for England! BUT outplayed by Germany all the way.
I feel sorry about the wrong call but, frankly it would not have made a difference.
Glad you have had a good time at Festivals: more rain here than ever recorded and the mosquitoes sometimes feel like B52 bombers when they come to get you!
Thanks for the glimpses, and so glad that you are still alive and well!
I really think they need to introduce video cameras and instant playback to help with tight decisions. There were far too many dodgy refereeing decisions for such an important tournament. I didn’t see the match as I preferred to watch the music but I was getting results on my phone. We were SO disappointed :-(
And yes, I’m alive, kicking and having fun! Hope you are too -despite the rain and the mozzies. We actually seem to be having summer weather for a change. Woo hoo :-)
Love the piccies taken at different times …. I must try and do that …… and as for all your cavorting around ……. well, you know what I think! ….. *tries not to look tooooo green*
‘Cavorting’. Never thought of myself as a cavorter, more of a gallivanter, I do like gallivanting :-)
Like the vid BTW – Mad Max meets Magritte ………
Perfect description! I LOVE IT! I want to bash hell out of an oil drum of water and I love the rainbow suits. I just wonder how their hats stay on….
We watched sooo much FIFA World Cup when we were in Vancouver…and yes, Britain should have done better, but be glad you aren’t Italian! ;)
Switzerland looks pretty lovely this time of year…was Zurich having a heat wave when you were there?
Yes, there was a heatwave for the first part of the week but then it became very gloomy and wet for the last few days. The weather here in the UK has been amazing – a completely dry Wimbledon for once. Long may it continue!
Wow. Switzerland looks incredible at this time of year. Your description of it was very picturesque, made us all very jealous here!
We were in Switzerland last summer and it was absolutely beautiful. The live festival sounds like fun, I have been to a lot of them and I agree you get introduced to a lot of new music that you might not hear otherwise. (sometimes might not hear willingly hehehe but most of it is good).
By the way I haven’t heard from you, will we be seeing you in August??? Its coming up soon!
such fab photos …. I have so much envy about you seeing Slash, Stevie W and Jack Johnson ;)
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