Monday 1 September 2003
Pix Of The Day: LeBaron Family Show Stopping Hit
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Friday and Saturday in Hurricane, UT, were 'Peach Days'. The city closes off 100 West beside the Fine Arts Center and the Old High School. The street is filled with booths selling food, gifts and novelties. The buildings are used for entertainments and craft competitions, while on the other side of the street the Elementary School playing field is home to a continuous rolling entertainment. The whole thing must be about as close to a medieval fair as modern life allows.
We chose to eat a half portion each of sweet Navajo Fry Bread and Pioneer Scone, both generously coated in butter and honey. We suspect that both items are closely related, being made from a flour, water, sugar and egg batter, which is deep fat fried by the Native Americans, but cooked on a hot griddle by the immigrant descendants. She who must be obeyed had entered a Topsyturvy Peach Decadence Cake in to the bake off, and when we went to collect it we discovered a free for all in progress: nobody had said that traditionally the crowd eats all the entries! We joined in, and on top of the other treats we were in sugar trauma before we left. It seems that on Peach Days the four basic food groups are sugar, fat, salt, and cholesterol.
Bloated by excess, we staggered to the concert in the park to catch the LeBaron Family Choir's gig. The family is eleven strong, boasts a trumpet & cornet duo, mother accompanying solos on piano, and father singing 'Granada' in Spanish! The patriotic and inspirational songs, sung with appropriate gusto or tenderness, pleased the crowd, but the show stopper was the youngest member of the family, Laura, when she belted out her solo. Who says TV has killed amateur entertainment?
From Our 2002 Archive: Cornish Wildlife - Sunday 1 September 2002
Today's feature is pair of detail shots from Charles Winpenny's always excellent CornwallCAM.co.uk with a Peacock Butterfly and a Common Frog. Swing on over to Charles' site today and he has a Small Copper Butterfly, Nine Maidens, and the 5,000 year old Chun Quoit. Charles has exceeded even his usual high standards in the last few days.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)