Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Cunning little micro

Here's a very small moth in very grand surroundings. We went for Penny's birthday treat to see Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen at Garsington Opera at Wormsley, the Getty family estate in a delectable, hidden valley in the Chilterns. It was a marvelllous evening, topped off by discovering this bright little micro Agapeta hamana on a blade of grass near the island in the lake which has a good contemporary pavilion, just finished, and Jeff Koons' sculpture of a broken blue egg.

I have to admit that P rather marched on towards the delicious picnic I had prepared (by the cunning means of reading in advance the menus for the fancy Jamie Oliver picnics on sale in a marquee and then copying them with the help of Kidlington Co-Op).  I had to interview the cheeky chappie at Ilkley Literature Festival once and did my own version of a school lunchbox meal in his latest book which he was promoting. I remember that it included Parma ham, figs and other ingredients which only the toughest-minded child would be likely to eat in front of their peers. But times change and his recipes are very yum. Our picnic is somewhere in the fairytale scene below. Or rather the remains of it are.

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