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Wonderful concert last night by the Welsh pianist Llyr Williams who hails from the North and has the voice to prove it. Playing with the Nidum Ensemble a Mozart piano concerto. No 17, I think. (He wrote so many) very beautiful anyway and we were in the front row just a few feet away and so in an excellent position to observe his hands and fingering. All quite amazing and even better when the church was full of so many people we have come to know in the years of living here.

Afterwards Llyr mingled with the crowds but, poor man, people say he is 'somewhere on the autism spectrum' and indeed he is tremendously celebral and I am not sure he understands people. I shook his hand and thanked him. He smiled vaguely and wandered off. I should have addressed him in Welsh, he being a Welsh speaker but it went completely out of my head to do so, but I should at least have said 'Diolch yn fawr iawn,' which is thanks very much in Welsh, and kicked myself afterwards for not having done so.

A middling sort of morning here, neither one thing or another and a quiet day (as yet) for us. The house is to clean and the Enchantlings are coming for lunch tomorrow. Maybe a walk on the Hill this afternoon or perhaps this morning as J will want to go to Marks or Waitrose for a shop this afternoon.

Hope Resident Owl's tooth is a little better and that she is sleeping late and that the dolphins are chilling as opposed to chilled, in their warm blanket of blubber watching the salmon speed past - a flash of silver in the water. Can a dolphin swim faster than a salmon? I would have doubted it, so how do they catch so many? And why haven't animals evolved a third eye in the back of the head? Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 16th Sep 2017 - 08:29AM   Posted by Fennie   Concert Lark Comments: 6

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Glad to hear you found a concert you enjoyed Fennie and full marks for paying attention to his fingers.
It's the Harp Village next weekend so I'm getting rather excited about the prospect of another 16 hours of harping with Corrina Hewat and Cheyenne Brown this time as well as meeting up with some harpy friends again.

Our Dolphins are extremely intelligent Fennie, they don't need to chase the salmon, they sit in the narrows at Chanonry and Kessock and wait for the rising tide to bring the salmon to them then use their echolocation to pick them off as they pass by.
They can also give a short bust of acceleration of about 25 mph to catch it if needed and swim long distances in a relatively short time. One of our local males was photographed in Aberdeen harbour one day then at Inverness only 36 hours later.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 16th Sep 2017 at 10:50AM

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Fennie's Avatar Gosh, that's the Cetacean equivalent of Dick Turpin's ride from London to York. Did the dolphin have a purpose in this (or even a porpoise - with whom I supposed he might have been in love - 'and I will come again my love tho twere ten thousand mile.'). But why? Do male dolphins on a Saturday say to each other, 'Race you to Inverness. The salmon is excellent and you get extra chips before eight o'clock?' The mind truly boggles. And I am sure that Inverness won't be their only destination. 'Hey let's check out the Norfolk coast - Winterton's a good place, though we'd have to eat herring, but hey, can't have everything and the water's warmer. All this I suppose would need to be translated into clicks and whistles. 'Be sure to be back by Monday morning as we're teaching the pod to fish; and in the afternoon the photographer's coming - clickkkkkkkkkkkk, wheeeeeeee, clickkkkkkkkkkkk. Tell you what, bro. Let's have a proper blowout! Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 16th Sep 2017 at 02:06PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar They often do those distances over three or four days, I don't know why he was in such a hurry that time. Very Happy
Winterton is not such a stretch of the imagination, some of our Moray Firth lot are moving down the coast in search of food, they are regulars off of Farne now!

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 16th Sep 2017 at 04:14PM

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Fennie's Avatar I wonder has anyone written a children's book about a pod of dolphins and their exploits? The secret life of dolphins?

Posted by: Fennie on 16th Sep 2017 at 06:35PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Several but I've not come across a really good one yet. We may give it a go one day ourselves, I'd like to think between HO and I we should be able to make a better job. Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 16th Sep 2017 at 07:51PM

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Camilla's Avatar Seemed to have missed this post... Pleased you enjoyed the concert Fennie and your Sunday with your lovely grandchildren.

Thank you Fennie tooth a little better think the pain killers help.

Posted by: Camilla on 17th Sep 2017 at 11:22PM

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