Sunday, May 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA EUROPEAN TOUR......WE'RE PROUD!

 
We in Philadelphia right now have just a bit to be proud of if not out right complete brag rights too. If you follow classical music, which I love, the Philadelphia Orchestra, which is just phenomenal to hear, being one of the best in the world, is doing us proud currently on their European tour, which has been getting rave reviews!!!! One of my readers Cello Josh is with the orchestra. We have met twice now, once at the orchestra and in New Hope to see the guys of the group Well Strung. I must say he is a talented cellist. I must have him sometime to the Casa for a cocktail recital!!! We have kept in touch over emails. When I hadn't heard anything lately, I had forgotten he must have left for the concerts in Europe. Yesterday I received a email from him. He starts by saying he misses the antics on the blog of ALL things!!!!!!!

 "I have arrived last week, and am getting very nervous for these upcoming concerts. There hasn't been much rest for anyone after our season ended. I can't believe I am still here, and the beauty of the cities here are jaw dropping. Unfortunely we will have very little time for sight seeing or taking in local culture with our schedule. It has been grueling. Most of our stops thus far have been met with much fan fare and standing ovations, and encores lasting as much as 3/4 an hour. " I am really looking forward to Paris and London"

Josh also included a few snaps. The below was from a fellow musician while traveling on rail. He snapped Josh on departure day, looking like a stunning gentleman, and what a cello! Gorgeously subtle, yet stylish attire goes so well with our handsome blond.
 
 
I can't help but wonder if Jon from Delores Delargo Towers and my fellow gin blossom, will be seeing any of their concerts while in London. The letter went on to say we will need to get together so I can hear all about his trip once back. He also stated up there about being very tired already, and for good reason. The orchestra was not resting up before the journey, which they concluded their season with two of their most vibrant programs ever. Nézet-Séguin collaborated with opera director Kevin Newbury for a full re-staging of Leonard Bernstein's MASS that marshaled area singers, musicians, actors and dancers to make it an truly musical ecumenical event, some 250 performers joining forces for the production.
 
Yannick Nézet-Séguin primed the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philly, in preparation for their current European tour, which includes performances in Vienna, Dresden, Paris, Luxembourg, Cologne, London, Berlin, and mind you.....  over three weeks. It is the first European tour the orchestra has been on since Nézet-Séguin became musical director of the Fabulous Philadelphians three years ago.
   
 
The Philadelphia Orchestra is not just one of the most artistically-acclaimed Orchestras in the world, but it is also a vital Cultural Ambassador for our fine city, and one that brings tremendous economic development to the city by making the case for doing business in Philadelphia.  The Orchestra has served in this critical role for decades, dating back to its first transatlantic tour to Great Britain with Music Director Eugene Ormandy in 1949.  On that tour, the Philadelphia Orchestra performed 28 concerts in 27 days, marking the first time an American orchestra had crossed the Atlantic after World War II. The Orchestra’s most recent visit to London was in 2011 with Maestro Charles Dutoit.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has long been one of the best-known brands from Philadelphia and Pennsylvania around the world.

The trip is also another milestone in the longstanding friendship and partnership between Philadelphia and the United Kingdom, as the Orchestra will be coming back to London for two performances with its new music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, former Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic. These two performances on June 5 and 6, 2015, will be the exciting culmination of the Orchestra's 2015 European Tour, and will give London audiences the first chance to hear The Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick, who is only the 8th Music director, mind you in The Philadelphia Orchestra's 114 year history. Good luck Cello Josh and to the rest of you brilliant musicians!!!!!!  We have never been so proud of you and the City of Philadelphia!!!!
 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

SPRING SPRANG AT THE CASA


I must admit, that when my laptop went...it drove me nuts!!!!! I lost all my pictures, but the tech peoples were able to recover them thank goodness! I am always traveling everywhere with one of two cameras handy, so I took lots of pictures while I got a new laptop.  I do believe we are now at the point where here in the northeast, were going from spring right to summer now. This week saw temps in the 90's already!!!! I told the pool boys to get busy and get the pool open damn it!!!!! If your familiar with Greek mythology, there is a story about Persephone, whom Hades fell in love, and wanted to marry her and live in the underworld, but her mother Demeter, Goddess of Nature and Harvest, also loved her and didn't want her to go and live in the underworld. So Zeus settled the quarrel.He stated Persephone would live six months in each world, six on earth, six in the underworld. Hence the seasons. When fall arrives, this is when Demeter starts felling sad because her daughter in leaving, winter,  her deep depression, and spring heralds Persephone's return again, hence all the beauties of spring. Well Demeter must have been extra happy this year, because around the Casa du Borghese, I don't think it ever bloomed so brilliant as it did this year, and I can finally share some snaps from the grounds.
 
I call this a peppermint bush. Looks like peppermints no?
 
I have no idea the tree in the above picture, but at the one entrances to the grounds is where it lives, and the color was fantastic. Here are two types of Magnolia that are on the grounds......
 
And the other....
 
some bluebells, but don't quotes me...
 
A Dogwood petal floats in one of the birdbaths. The stand was from a floral stand, and I went and bought a clay pot water dish for the top, and voila it fit right in. There are several baths around on the grounds.
 
This white bush is sooooo fragrant, and in the upper right, you can see a little beetle.
 
Now this bush also smells lovely. Not sure the name, but it is of Japanese origin I understand.

 
some wild violets at woods edge....
 
and some Wisteria...
 
 the fragrant lilac.....
 
the Dogwoods


 
I thought the and Rhododendrons and Azalea were so beautiful this year...
 
a moth on the screen....how cool and close....
 
 
the stunning Clematis vine....
 
no idea, but so pretty....
 
Some of the bounty, some Lily of the Valley for my abode...
 
 and some peonies and  clippings from a Fire Thorn Bush, I took to our host in Rehoboth Beach.....
 
 
Fire Thorns are used as barriers, this evergreen vine with thorny stems blooms white flowers in spring,  and can be trimmed to any shape. The bushes are covered with fire red berries in the fall attracting hummingbirds. They look great in arrangements...these went to Rehoboth Beach for our hosts home. Just watch those thorns though....their long and sharp! Here on the grounds now blooming are the mini Irises and rose bushes, which are just starting. Of course Bonnie and Clyde are back again with new off spring....
 
 
some of the Yellow finch from this morning....
 
Lately, when my blueberries start to get a bit wilted, I will cut in half and place on the sill in amongst the seeds. It is bringing Robins to the sill.........
 
I read blueberries are a special treat for certain birds and shouldn't be feed them all the time. In addition to all the birds I already attract, I now am getting Warblers!!!! The Lad will JUST LOVE  all the morning racket when he comes next visit.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

OUR NEWEST HOUSEBOY

Needless to say, he got the job..........
 
Go ahead, touch that skin.....touch all of that body darlings!!!!!!!
 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

LET'S DISH......RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE

 
A couple weeks ago Deb from over at She Who Seeks, asked me in a comment what my thoughts were about Drag Race this season. Well, between my work schedule then, and the laptop issue (which I'm still getting used to finding where shit is on this new one), and Logo not being offered on my package anymore, I have to watch online the next day. So Deb....here's my take this season.....
 
1- Overall, I thought it was another pretty entertaining season again with quite a collection of different queens from all kind of genres. I mean, how many more ground breaking styles can we have come season 7, and now 8 has been announced.
 
2-The judges were.....ok. A nice selection of guest judges, but I say the chemistry was much better with Santino, Ru and Michelle.
 
3-As far as the challenges, I was happy to see some new ones, and with some of the old favorites still in tact.
 
 4- As far as the queens go, they started to leave in the order I had predicted they would, till about the middle. I never saw Tempest being first, I thought Miss Fame would make top 4, and why in hell was Jasmine even ever on the show???  Kandy Ho also shocked me by being so weak, and kept as long as she was. This year I also watch the Untucked show, which I have to say, almost enjoyed more than the show itself. I found it very interesting, for the most part, that the queens did really get along, and it was nice to see how supportive they were of each other for the most part. It really captures I think, what the feeling is like, if you ever wondered, in the dressing rooms at drag shows.
 
5-Some of my other thoughts and guesses........
 
 
I pretty much knew Ginger would do very well. Since Miss Fame is now gone, I really think this may be the year for the big queen, and about damn time. I enjoyed Ginger as much as Lattrice Royale. Ginger looks fabulous, has great make-up skills, is funny, has enough cattiness, a great lip syncher, and holds a great commanding stage presence. During a show, I do believe I would like to see her over and over again.  I love that she will talk about you right behind your back then to your face... I am really hoping the win goes to her.
 
 
From the beginning I said Pearl would be top 3. I absolutely love this queen and her cool, collect demeanor, much like mine. Her looks are very modern, flawless and creative which I can respect. But .....I do see shades of edginess from Sharon Needles, and I'm not sure she has a presence I'd want to see all night long, for example, like mc-ing or hosting a drag show. The humor is not quite there, which I don't think she has all the time. But I do really love her, and she has quite a rare attitude which is very refreshing.
 
Violet Chachki I hadn't known too much about, except for the attitude, which most times didn't disappoint. I must admit, I hadn't placed her high on my list to stay. She made it much further than I ever suspected. Does she deserve to be there? Yes. She was consistently flawless, never had to lip snych, and always had nice tight looks. Girlfriend can work the looks and the attitude which only adds to her alter ego. But that is where it ends to me. While I think she would put on a hellva performance, I don't pick up on a great stage presence as far as carrying a whole show, or hosting a show. And I have yet too see any humor. But I do respect her still being in the race, with her not being in the drag world long, and for being so well painted in her short time.

 
Kennedy Davenport I  didn't think would win, but went further into the race than I though pageant girl would. I was MOST surprised by her more than anyone how she grew on me. She was a class act, has incredible drag etiquette, was fair and personable to all, and how could you not love her entertaining accent? She was old school pageant drag with just the right mix of updated style.

 
My girl Kasha ended her run just about where I thought she would. And was very happy she went as far as she did. Kasha has long been a favorite of mine and one of the sweetest queens you'll meet, but I didn't think we would have two back to back comedy queens win. Plus, she's alright in my book, as we have a lot in common....."There's always time for a cocktail!"

 
And finally Max Malanaphy.....another who I really enjoyed watching more than I thought. I really enjoyed her shtick she was selling....and I was buying. I loved her looks, and the whole character she was creating. I do think she may have went down the race further had she done Marlene Dietrich or Greta Garbo for the Snatch Game. Why do another drag queens act??? I think they should have to do actors or other notable personalities. I mean were watching drag queens...why do one? But over all did love her style and creativity.
 
So....if you watched, what did you think of the season and who do you think will take the crown??? Tootles!

Monday, May 25, 2015

PRIDE. COURAGE.CELEBRATION.

Hope your all having a lovely, and relaxing day. HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!!
XOXO!!!!
 
scene from the lovely Dame Courtney's townhouse!

Friday, May 22, 2015

MEMORIAL WEEKEND IS UPON US

For those of us in the states, it is Memorial Weekend, and the beginning of my 6 day weekend! And we are thankful to those who sacrificed so much courage for this country! What is everybody up too??? I'm going out of town later tonight to Virginia to visit family for a picnic, and a pit stop in Rehoboth Beach on my way back, to get my dance on with a friend . It's already been a relaxing day. Spring is now entering summer mode......scenes from my 5 mile hike up at the lake this morn......only minutes from my flat...........
 
 



The lake is a huge one, its always so peaceful up there. I took a canoe out after my walk , and then enjoyed the wildlife preserve at the one end of the lake. Once back I made my morning coffee and a light breakfast while enjoying a fury of activity on the finch socks!!!!!!!!
 
As you can see their bright yellow has returned!!!!!!

And in other news Foxy has been sited with two new pups. And Stanley and Helen, the two nesting mallards are trying to defend there own. Yikes. I must have a conversation with fox , and tell her to mind herself, it jus ain't fittin, I tell you.
 
I'll return next week, so you all have a nice Memorial Weekend.How are you feeling summer coming in your zip code? Have a good one!
*XOXOX*
 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

RESTFUL EVENING?

Yeah right. Ms Moorecock tells me there are 9 guys at the door. I says, I'm exhausted......send one home.

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