Archive for June 2012

more Roses in June – ‘Crazy for You’

June 21, 2012

 

here’s a link:  Classic Roses Crazy for You

Srange that Peter Beales should say ‘no scent’ when it actually has a very nice one!

more Roses in June — Rambling Rector…

June 16, 2012

 …preparing for takeoff!

more Roses in June – Boule de Neige and Munstead Woods

June 13, 2012

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more Roses in June – Munstead Woods again

June 13, 2012

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more Roses in June – Diana’s anonymous pinky-red one! (any ideas?)

June 13, 2012

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more Roses in June – Love Matters

June 13, 2012

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more Roses in June – Boule de Neige

June 13, 2012

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Hastings humour

June 9, 2012

There’s an extremely silly bus shelter at Warrior Square, St Leonards — Lottie gamely volunteering for the ‘does my bum look big in this?’ treatment!

‘Munstead Wood’

June 8, 2012

Munstead WoodDavid Austin Rose — looked unpromising in the bud but has now blossomed spectacularly! Very large dark red flowers, splendid fragrance. Another David Austin triumph.

‘The foreign gentleman executes an air upon the Grand Piano’

June 4, 2012

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This is a scan of a rather faded print that hangs above my piano – found on a stall at Cambridge Market for 10p (‘Nice picture;  two bob?’) among a pile of Victorian generals, circa 1971.  Having just written an essay on Liszt (for Philip Radcliffe), I knew at once who it was.

The mount is labelled ‘London, Richard Bentley, 1843’.  The print was included in ‘Bentley’s Miscellany’ of 1848, but I suspect it was a Punch cartoon first.

The scrawly signature is not, as I first thought, ‘F Liszt’, but ‘J Leech’ – John Leech, prolific and well-known Punch cartoonist.

So… was Liszt in London in 1843?  Any thoughts on whose salon this might be (if not entirely fictional)?