Piano Tricks, Just So Science and Beyond the Agapanthus (Weekly Photo Challenge)

18 Jan

1   I loved my piano lesson today! Between us, my teacher and I have come up with a trick that is really helping me to learn. G started me on some simple duets and they were fun in the lessons but hard to practise as my part sounded odd on its own so I started to record her part and to play along to it. Hey presto! My timing improved and things sounded good!  So, now I record G playing each new piece three times, firstly at the right speed so I know what I’m aiming for, then each hand at a learning speed so I can pick it up, getting the timing and the notes right.    Then I can play each hand, with the recording playing the other hand, then I can move to both hands together and then play along with the right speed and, finally, I hope, play the whole thing independently! They are all simple tunes but I am having such fun learning!

2   BBC Radio 4 has all week had a fabulous series running called Just So Science. It is excerpts from Rudyard Kipling’s delightful ‘Just So Stories’ interspersed with scientific information about the animal in question. Today it was ‘The Cat Who Walked By Himself’, one of my many favourites. Just read this and feel the beautiful language, the alliteration, the rhythm, the repetition and the humour. I just love it. My Dad used to read all these stories to me so I hear his voice when I read the words. Now that is truly beautiful.

“One evening Bat said, ‘There is a Baby in the Cave. He is new and pink and fat and small, and the Woman is very fond of him.’

‘Ah,’ said the Cat, listening, ‘but what is the Baby fond of?’

‘He is fond of things that are soft and tickle,’ said the Bat. ‘He is fond of warm things to hold in his arms when he goes to sleep. He is fond of being played with. He is fond of all those things.’

‘Ah,’ said the Cat, listening, ‘then my time has come.’

Next night Cat walked through the Wet Wild Woods and hid very near the Cave till morning-time, and Man and Dog and Horse went hunting. The Woman was busy cooking that morning, and the Baby cried and interrupted. So she carried him outside the Cave and gave him a handful of pebbles to play with. But still the Baby cried.

Then the Cat put out his paddy paw and patted the Baby on the cheek, and it cooed; and the Cat rubbed against its fat knees and tickled it under its fat chin with his tail. And the Baby laughed; and the Woman heard him and smiled.”

The Cat Who Walked By Himself

The Cat Who Walked By Himself

Do click on the link and give yourself a treat!

3     Don wrote about Agapanthus recently and reminded me of this beautiful picture taken in St Mawes last July when we had our brilliant family reunion. Look beyond the Agapanthus to see the St Mawes Regatta on the water and beyond that to St Anthony Head which is on our favourite coastal walk.

Look Beyond the Agapanthus  from St Mawesand beyond again  across the water to St Anthony's Head and The St Anthony Lighthouse

Look beyond the Agapanthus from St Mawesand beyond again across the water to St Anthony’s Head


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12 responses to “Piano Tricks, Just So Science and Beyond the Agapanthus (Weekly Photo Challenge)

  1. piano lessons

    April 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm

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    • mybeautfulthings

      April 9, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Thank you so much! That is really lovely of you. 🙂

  2. pennycoho

    January 29, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Just wonderful post. Especially liked your own story of “G” at the beginning, I am familiar with the cat story and it is a wonderful one! 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      I love all the Just So Stories and the series on the radio was brilliant for marrying the science with the stories. Do have a listen if you can. I think you’d like them 🙂

  3. Alex Autin

    January 20, 2013 at 2:09 am

    I completely enjoyed listening to the Just So Science broadcast. 😀

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 20, 2013 at 8:43 am

      I’m delighted that you listened to the programme and loved it! There are four more 15 minute episodes too if you have the time. They are all delightful! 🙂

  4. Don

    January 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Admire you for taking piano lessons. I think its marvellous. My favourite musical instrument. I just loved the cat story. Felt everything you said about it – “Wet Wild Woods” reminds me of the “Forests Ferny Floor.” Thanks to for the pingback. Appreciate it.

  5. tartanpants

    January 19, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Thanks for sharing the cat story – it’s lovely. And the agapanthus picture is great, there is so much to look at x

  6. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    January 19, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Truly loved the cat story…Never had heard…mkg

  7. Choc Chip Uru

    January 19, 2013 at 4:01 am

    What a lovely photo my friend and cutesy story 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. El Guapo

    January 19, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Love the regatta pic, and the cat story was great. I’d never heard it before.

  9. mixedupmeme

    January 18, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I took plenty of piano lessons and can’t play a thing today. Of course I don’t have a piano. lol

    We or at least I look at things so differently as I am older. I would be on that piano about as much as I am on the computer. I might have trouble with my trifocals looking up and down at the music. But GEEEEE it would be fun. Enjoy the G.


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