Snail, Elephant and Megruli Nana

03 Sep

1   Somehow a snail found his way into our sun room. I love the little white dashes on his neck but was concerned to see that his shell seems to be cracked. I helped him out into the back field.

Visiting snail

2   My beloved wooden elephant got a polish today. I fell for him many years ago in a flea market, paid rather too much for him and had to go home to fetch Mr S to carry him home as he’s far too heavy for me.

My Elephant

3   The school where we normally meet for choir being closed, we met in Treslothnan Church and had a brilliant sing. The acoustics are lovely. The beautiful thing was one piece especially that we are learning, Megruli Nana, a lullaby from Samagreto, West Georgia and it is absolutely stunning. Listen to this version I have found on Youtube…..Megruli nana  It will be brilliant when we’ve finished learning it.


Posted by on September 3, 2012 in music, nature, sculpture, singing


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27 responses to “Snail, Elephant and Megruli Nana

  1. david wheeler

    October 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks for the link to “our” Georgian song, Sally. A bit different to the way we do it, but equally lovely.

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Glad you liked it and hope the Cathedral singing of it was a lovely experience. 🙂 🙂

  2. dhphotosite

    September 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    The snail isa nice treat.I haven’t seen a snail in years! I love the elephant too! I also liked the video…beautiful!

  3. granbee

    September 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    This wooden elephant is absolutely exquisite! I am so heartbroken over what is happening to elephants in their native lands these days!

  4. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    September 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    This is weird. I saw the video in my hotmail when I opened your post, but not on your post. That’s OK, I’ll go back to my hotmail!

    That snail has NO IDEA how many people around the world have viewed it today! Beautiful, as always 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      How strange! I’m happy you liked my things – wasn’t sure if others would find my lovely snail ‘beautiful’!

      Hope your week is going well 🙂

      • WordsFallFromMyEyes

        September 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

        Ha ha – I meant ‘beautiful’ as in the utter weirdness about the fact the snail would be viewed by so many around the world & not know it. That’s beautiful! Quirky wonderful! 🙂

  5. Don

    September 4, 2012 at 8:38 am

    We have a similar elephant, also bought a long time ago.

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      That’s really nice to know! I don’t know where mine came from so you never know, they could be related! 🙂

  6. Hudson Howl

    September 4, 2012 at 3:38 am

    You saved a snail, polished an elephant, then strolled acoustically speaking in higher places, not to shabby of day I’d say.

    The surreal imagery of choir in the Utube vid, caught my fancy.

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Our choir is not quite as surreal as that delightful one on the video but we do love our singing!

      Actually, put the way you did – that was a pretty good day indeed!

      Thanks for calling in 🙂

  7. valeriedavies

    September 4, 2012 at 12:48 am

    With you on the snail… Have you read ” The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating” By Elisabeth Tova Bailey? I think you’d love it… the singing…your choir must be very skilled, and it must have sounded wonderful with the church acoustics…

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Oh good! I don’t know that book but will look for it – thanks for the recommendation.

      Our choir is getting good! Claire was delighted with how quickly we learned the first two lines last night but does say we’ll need six weeks to nail it. We have a performance in Truro Cathedral in October where C’s three choirs will all sing together – a hundred of us. That will be something!

      Hope your week is going well 🙂

  8. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    September 4, 2012 at 12:41 am

    I have a favourite wooden elephant too – in fact I once collected them

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      I have a collection too, from the tiniest glass one to that magnificent one that I showed you. They are such amazing creatures. 🙂

      • on thehomefrontandbeyond

        September 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm

        they are – I too have tiny ones–my wooden one is not as big as yours — but he is still a fair size

  9. observetal

    September 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Loved the music! I’ll have to post something from our choir one of these days. Choir is like yoga with wings!

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you. I’m so glad you listened! I love your phrase ‘Choir is like yoga with wings” Perfect! 🙂

  10. mixedupmeme

    September 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I liked the elephant. I wonder if the pink elephant has seen. lol
    I will pass up the snail.

    I listened to the utube song. I know you will enjoy learning and singing that.
    I never sing with a group but just in front of my computer with the notes and words in front of me. I do have fun that way but am sure group singing would be really rewarding.

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      I’m very glad you listened and you are right, we will enjoy the challenge of learning that. Group singing is brilliant. I heard once that singing in harmony is good for our health and happiness. You have such a lovely voice – any group would welcome you. (You might like to look at this site )
      I can’t speak highly enough of Community choirs like the ones I sing with!

      Haven’t heard from anelephant recently so don’t know if he’s seen my special elephant!

  11. Choc Chip Uru

    September 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    You are so kind my friend to help the snail 🙂
    I’m sure it will be fine now!
    And I love your wooden elephant, it is a beautiful piece of handiwork 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      I have heard that snails have a homing instinct and will return! We shall see! Hope those exams are going well. 🙂


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