Back to my lockdown list:
Play cards and board games with the kids.
Hasn’t happened at all. I envisaged grey, damp days, the family gathered around the table, a few salty snacks, and a game of Catan or Ticket to Ride underway. But we haven’t had grey days hardly at all. And all of us have been rather busier with school work than I realised we would be.
That being said, we have played a great deal of Mölkky, especially the DBs and I. Essentially, you take it in turns to throw a stick, demonstrated here by S…
And by A…
…who somewhat heatedly claimed that me taking photos was putting her off, or to quote “stressing her out”. I think she may even have accused me of cheating. Perish the thought. Gamesmanship, however…
Anyway, you chuck said stick at some smaller numbered sticks…
If you knock down just one, you score the number it has written on it, if you knock down several you score the number that have fallen and are lying flat on the ground.
The sticks are stood back up in the places they have landed. They can get quite dispersed.
You win by scoring exactly 50. If you score too many, then your score goes back to 25. Each turn is a single throw, so the minimum number of turns before you win is five. Gallingly, only B has won in five throws.
Unlike at Christmas, for my birthday I didn’t buy my own presents; I sent TBH a list of suggestions. Since she bought them all, and the boys bought me socks too, this is clearly the way to go in the future. Mölkky was one of my suggestions. The game is Finnish apparently. We like it! We first played this with a homemade set in my aunt’s garden in Germany last summer. You could probably turn out your own set from a couple of broom handles, but I have a strong feeling that if I attempted that I’d find myself with a wonky set which was one piece short.
Granary Bread – I’ve decided that I prefer loaves which are at least partly made from malted flour.
After our game, I wandered over to Gait Barrows.
A pair of Goldfinches.
Bluebells had appeared!
Gait Barrows has a lot of primroses.
The drifts of primroses at Gait Barrows probably constitute successful management, since, I believe, primroses are an important food source for the caterpillars of Duke of Burgundy butterfly which is in decline nationally but is present at Gait Barrows. Not that I’ve ever seen one, sadly.
A mass of Herb Paris right beside the main track. I can only conclude that I’ve been blinkered for the last twenty odd years.
Just coming into leaf.
I cut across Coldwell Parrock, through the ‘new’ meadows the Landscape Trust have bought and through a little gate at the back of those meadows which brings you down a small path to the RSPB owned land around Silverdale Moss.
Somebody has done a lot of tidying up at Coldwell Limeworks.
Middlebarrow, Silverdale Moss and Arnside Knott.
The remnants of the Cloven Ash.
I think that this is cherry blossom.
Whatever it is, this honeybee appreciated it.
As did this bee fly.
These small flowers had me confused. It’s coralroot – the bulbils on the stems helped me to identify it. It’s not something I see very often and it has only appeared on the blog once before in fact. It only flowers briefly apparently, so there’s not much point in my going back to have another look a month on, but it grows from a rhizome so I will go and take a peek at the other place where I’ve seen it which is closer to home.
Lower leaves pinnate, upper leaves three lobed or simple.
Toothwort again, this time in Eaves Wood by Inman’s Road. There was quite an extensive patch. I like the way it has pushed its way through the moss.
‘The force that through the green fuse drives the flower’.
Yes We Can
Another Allen Toussaint song, originally recorded by Lee Dorsey in 1970. Again, there are loads of versions, but probably the best known is the Pointer Sisters 1973 version…
…which is pretty faithful to the original, but with a complex vocal arrangement and a new title ‘Yes We Can Can”.
My first encounter with this song was on Sly and Robbie’s album ‘Rhythm Killers’, an album which I really love. I’m not going to include that version because from that album I prefer their own song ‘Boops’ and their cover of the Ohio Players ‘Fire’.
I did come across this rap version by the Treacherous Three from 1982 which I rather like:
And, I was reading about Allen Toussaint and noticed that his first band included a guitar player called Roy Montrell which reminded me about this brilliant tune:
And now that I’ve remembered, I can’t think how I let this slip my mind! I also can’t remember how I know it. I must have it on a compilation somewhere I think. Apparently Roy Montrell and his band only released one other single. I wonder if it’s as good as this?