Under Milk Wood, Bird Visitors and Wild Winds

26 Jan

1   Another duvet day but with the special treat this morning of hearing some of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood on the radio. That is my favourite piece of literature even above Romeo and Juliet! Just listen to Richard Burton reading the opening lines by clicking here. It’s 60 years since UMW was first broadcast. Mum and Dad bought the recording on two 78rpm records and played it often and so I grew up hearing the best radio play ever.

2   It’s the Big Garden Bird Watch today (where people all over the country count the birds in their garden or park for one hour over the weekend) and, feeling better, I took my duvet downstairs to watch for the birds. The weather is still so wild that there were few but in the odd moments between showers and gusts of wind, one or two of our regulars called in.

2    The wind has been every-which-way today. The weather vane hasn’t known which way to go!

Blowing West?

Blowing West?

...or East?

…or East?


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14 responses to “Under Milk Wood, Bird Visitors and Wild Winds

  1. lesleycarter

    January 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I love the weathervane photos. They give me travel inspiration 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 27, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      That’s some compliment coming from you! I love following your adventures all over the world! 🙂

  2. Flowerpot

    January 27, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I jjust love Under Milkwood too! Do hope you feel better today Sally xxx

  3. Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    January 27, 2014 at 5:32 am

    You did a wonderful job of capturing the character of your guests.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 31, 2014 at 8:20 am

      They are all so different aren’t they? 🙂

  4. Hudson Howl

    January 27, 2014 at 12:39 am

    It would seem your day was a day of windows. Through a window pining back in time, A window alive with nature. An a window to the wind caught at the crossroads, something we all face from time to time.

    I know of Milk Wood, but that is all. I can understand just how much it meant to hear it once again.

    CBC radio here, still produces series in the theatrical sense that is pure art, but it has only a core of listeners. There is something about the auditory that provokes as many memories if not more than the visuals. In grade 4, a teacher, Mrs. Wallace read everyday after lunch, from novels not the usual children stories. The changer for me was W.O. Mitchel’s , ‘Who Has Seen The Wind’. It is these little seeds from our youth that creates the garden we look through the window at now.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 31, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Sorry to have been so long replying. You are right, my life this week has been through the window but today I have woken up feeling well for the first time in a week, so, if the hoolies don’t come too soon today I may even get out for a walk!
      You should try to listen to Under Milk Wood. It is so beautifully written, lyrical and funny and full of delightful characters. I really think you would love it.
      Seeds from our youth – yes, I too was read to as a child, in school and out and am sure that formed my deep love of words.
      By the way. I did see Elvira the other day and will comment on your blog, but just want to say she is the most beautiful dog I’ve ever seen. Her picture has been in my head for days – those beautiful liquid eyes…..
      All the best to you 🙂

  5. Choc Chip Uru

    January 26, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I love all the gorgeous birds you have visiting 😀


  6. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    January 26, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Birds are so cute. They really are. They’re beautiful creatures, and these photos are sweet.

  7. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    January 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    The birds were busy here today…checking out our little red birdhouse…
    love the weather vane…Need to get one!…on my list!

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 31, 2014 at 8:12 am

      I had it made to my design. It’s of a typical Cornish fishing boat. 🙂


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