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Mazurka time

Back when I played a lot of button accordion, there was a lovely little mazurka I used to like to play. I don’t recall the name of it. It may be that wherever I found it, it was just called Mazurka. If you’re unfamiliar with Mazurkas, they are folk dances. I believe the form originated in Poland, but like some other dances like the polka, they spread far and wide. Mazurkas are normally in triple meter.

I recorded this video 3 or 4 years ago, but I don’t think I did anything with it. When I watched it today, I was reminded what a lovely tune it is and how much I enjoyed playing it. These days I’ve been concentrating on clawhammer banjo and I haven’t been playing very much button accordion at all. One of these days, I’ll have to start reintegrating squeezebox into my music practice.

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A 27th Street photo Album

We take lots more pictures than I feature here at 27th Street, and I wanted to have a place out in the online universe to house some of them. To do so, I created a photo blog called 27th Snaps. In some cases, I’ll feature a single photo here, and link to the others. In other cases, I may keep photos there which are not featured on this blog at all. To start, I’ve just put up a few recent pictures.

I’ve added a menu item on the sidebar here at 27th Street and you’re welcome to pop over there anytime. I don’t plan to cross-post from there to Facebook or anywhere else.

I don’t put copyright symbols and my name on my photos. I’m happy to share them for non-commercial purposes. If you choose to use any of my photos, a photo credit would be appreciated.

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More backyard birdlife

DSC00085There is a broken robin’s egg on the ground underneath this nest. However, this bird continues to sit on the nest, so there must be others.

DSC00089The bird-life has been amazing around our 27th Street home. There is plenty of nest building activity going on. Sitting quietly out on the back deck, more and more birds reveal themselves. Before going outside, I was on the phone with my brother, and as we talked, I watched through the window, and a male Baltimore Oriole landed in the locust tree out front.

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Tuffy P’s Animal Crackers

Tuffy P took these two shots from our back deck…

Mrs. Robin nesting in our giant Norway Spruce.

Mrs. Robin nesting in our giant Norway Spruce.

Goldfinch attracted by the sprinkler, perches on a rose of sharon.

Goldfinch attracted by the sprinkler, perches on a rose of sharon.

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May Gardens

Tuffy P has been working hard on the gardens, cleaning them up, enhancing them and getting them into shape for the season. Here’s a little slide show featuring some of the things happening in the front gardens.

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Free Books

DSC00063As we’re into the nicer weather, the 27th Street Book Box is seeing more action and right now there is an excellent selection of books to choose from. This little library is located in front of our place on lower 27th Street, a few houses north of the lake. Feel free to stop by and take home some books to read, and if you have some books you think others would enjoy, you’re welcome to add to the library as well.

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Plant Sale

DSC08609Tuffy P just got back from the annual plant sale the Roselands Horticultural Society puts on up at Eglinton Flats. DSC08610Many of the plants come from the gardens of members of Roselands. Over the years we’ve purchased many healthy plants at prices much lower than you see at nurseries.

DSC08612That’s our friend Keith Arnott in the picture, helping out at the sale.