Apr 23, 2009

Taste of Iceland, England and Virginia

Our state tree, the dogwood, dresses with blossoms ranging from pale green to pale pink to bright pink to white. Today was a real spring day, with bare legs, sandals, and dinner on the deck.

We dined late, which meant I finally got a picture of our robin on her nest. Usually she flies away as soon as I open the door to the deck, camera in hand. But tonight she was sleeping.

Earlier this week we were fortunate to host a couple who were traveling with the Choir of Canterbury Cathedral. It was delightful getting to know Kim and Julian, and hearing about life in Canterbury, England. The choir performed at St. James's Church on Monday night:

The Choir of Canterbury Cathedral, led by organist and Master of the Choristers Dr. David Flood. The Canterbury choir consists of 12 lay clerks, men who are professional singers, and 30 choristers comprised of 8-13-year-old boys. They sing at services on six days a week, as well as at special events which occur in the Cathedral, Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury in Canterbury, England. The Canterbury Choir continues a musical tradition which has continued for more than 1,400 years – one of the longest-established musical foundations in the world.

It was an absolutely stellar performance. My favorite song from a really remarkable program was Jesus Walking on the Waves, by American composer Anthony Piccolo.

Why would I choose to make scones for British guests, you might ask? Good question. To show what a silly idea it was, my lemon scones, while delicious, turned out to resemble Icelandic landforms or possibly glaciers:

A more appropriate choice would have been cheese grits.

No comments: