Monday, April 13, 2020
Evanston: desert spring; sea miles; two poems by Thomas Hardy
I thank Jim for the above lovely photo taken with his iPhone of what I believe to be his yard in Phoenix, Arizona. If you look carefully you will find two goldfinches and a Gambrel quail.
Jim advises that the barrel cactuses are ‘chubby’ hoarding water after unusual March rain.
I believe I have mentioned the sea distances site before. I find it quite useful when considering passages. For Hilton Head I use Savannah, Georgia, which is about 30 miles away. Yesterday I used it to determine that the distance to Freeport, Bermuda is 863 miles. Halifax, Canada is 1156. Reykjavik, Iceland 3230. Aberdeen, Scotland 3702. Horta, Azores. 2575. Among others.
Yesterday was my day off. I did no exercise. I climbed no stairs except to empty the trash. I read, listened to music, and watched an entertaining movie, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, which had an unexpected ending.
I came across two poems by Thomas Hardy. ‘Channel Firing’ I knew. Presciently it is dated April 1914. The other, written when Hardy was at least in his fifties and not published until he was 74, is charmingly unexpected.
A Thunderstorm In Town