August 09, 2007

...Of Starry Skies...

She walks in beauty...France has among the best "starry skies", millions and billions of stars light up the midnight sky, just home from our "France Versus the World Billiard Tournament". Not sure who the winner was, as it is after 1 a.m. - and the tourney has not yet ended. Zarahn and Sam were still in the running as we wandered home in the dark. Streetlights (and I mean every light) are out at midnight, so no distractions to view the stars.

I will let you know who won at billiards - and the Monster Clock contest later today.
Weather will probably be foggy again at sunrise, and so will I.

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

-Lord Byron


Kim G said...

Okay. I will put a vote in for Adolph. I also like Pink Floyd, though. Can't wait to hear the winning name.
Kim G

K said...

So what was the local interest/reaction to the Tour de France?

M said...

-Kim, you silly! You were the one who elected "Adolf", of course you like the name. Oh and may I introduce you to K? She and I go waaaay back (1800's, if you know what I mean) - K, Kim and I worked together at Trinity.
-K, as for Tour de France -The race passed by the proximity of this region (about 45 minute drive from here in late July), lots of constant coverage on the big screen TV at Tabac when we wandered in there...also constant (usually front page) coverage in newspapers and magazines. But since we do not buy too many printed news sources, and not in the Tabac very often - not sure who won - was it France? (I do remember something about several doping scandals whittling the number of teams down pretty severely though... M

Anonymous said...

Spain won. I made gazpacho to celebrate. And yes, the leader had to drop out due to a big ol' scandal. LL

l/elle said...

And that's always been one of my favorite poems. Now it has a whole new meaning. Thanks for the beautiful shots and thoughts. LL