Since it was the Labour Day weekend here, I figured it would be fun to have a party last night. What a blast it was. My son and I were surrounded by friends and music. My new back garden sitting area was just large enough to contain us all. The weather was fine and the music was out of this world. By the time I thought to take photographs, it was dark. I also just wanted to savour these moments.
We were all feeling a bit nostalgic since our fiddle teacher, Shamma Sabir, is returning to British Columbia tomorrow after many weeks teaching at various fiddle camps and finishing off research here for her Master’s thesis.
In the afternoon, we had a fiddle group lesson which was just like our old Saturday afternoon group lessons. Shamma is as skilled a teacher as she is a fiddle player and that is truly saying something. Her good friend, Ray Bell, is incredibly talented on the guitar. To hear Shamma and Ray play together is a sublime experience. I wish they could have played on and on. Alas, our evening came to an end with much laughter and a host of new memories.
We had wonderful food, wine and conversation in abundance. Erin, my friend Jan’s young daughter, was so sweet when she came and asked if she could have a rock from my garden. When she first saw my garden, she said, “It’s just like a jungle”. Ian and Brigid, my friend Mary’s children, were amazing as Brigid played the fiddle along with Shamma and Ian accompanied many tunes on guitar. Ian played his ukelele along with his kazoo and it was just hilarious. My son thought about taking out his flute, but decided he was too out of practice after not having picked it up during the summer months.
Roseanne made some delicious chocolate tamari almonds and I have been nibbling on them for much of this day. I was most impressed when Roseanne identified my Turkestan Burning Bush (see picture above) – for the longest time I thought this was some sort of Willow until I saw a picture in a gardening book and realised what I had. It had been tagged as a Willow at the nursery.
I also took a picture of another Gentian which I think might be a Gentiana dahurica.