Sunday, May 9, 2021

lady's smock flowers, apple blossom, set?, nothing for it but to go with the year, swifts!, La ciociara


Came across a scattering of lady's smock flowers in a corner of Roy's meadow, just up from the Highmoor Brook. Also know as cuckooflower. The petals were pearled with dew. Lovely to see when I was out late, letting the walk settle the day's work.

A soaking yesterday, which has replenished and freshened the pond. But the downpours and high winds have scattered the apple blossom. Hoping it set. With such abundance of flowers this year, it would disappointing not to have a decent crop, but we can do nothing but go with the year!

J, out walking as I type, has phoned to say she has seen the first two swifts! Hooray! She looks forward to the swallows' arrival, I the swifts'. They are here and I hope soon we will sit at the top of the garden, as they scream round the church steeple.

Watching La ciociara (Two Women) (1960) on iTunes. It stars Sophia Loren (Oscar for Best Actress) and Jean-Paul Belmondo and one of the things I love about it is its re-creation of Italian rural life of the Second World War era. The usually quite reserved Oxford Companion to Film on the shelf above my desk (1970s edition), describes Sophia Loren's performance as 'outstanding'. And it is!

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