A kiss of spring…

It’s been an oddly mild winter here and an even more peculiar preamble to spring.  Daytime March temperatures have been regularly exceeding 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees F) and, as I write this, it’s about 27 degrees C.  That’s more in keeping with midsummer… that’s not a complaint- just odd.  Needless to say, early spring flowers (daffodil, tulip, crocus etc.) are in full bloom and the lilacs and fruit trees will be blossoming shortly-  if this weather continues.  We’ll see…

The kiss part in the title… 

Probably many of you have, during your time of employment, been advised to kis (the polite version) or kiss (less polite).  That is, keep it simple.   I know I have been reminded on several occasions.  As I looked at my previous (rather convoluted) post, I thought I’d give myself that admonition (you don’t need to bother now).     Today I’d like to do just two things… first, an update on the piece of music I began to create several posts back… and two final clues in my ongoing puzzle.

Song Update

It began with two brief clips of chord progressions in my January 30th postLater I extended it to “song length”- about three minutes.  This post sees me fleshing out the sound and refining the structure a bit.  There are still a few bugs, especially in the coda, but, at this point, I need to start thinking about lyrics (tentative title, if you recall- So Long) and a defined melody line to fit my progressions.  Here is this month’s installment…

Final Clues

Back in January, I began a puzzle which, over several posts, provided you with a series of clues.  This entry is my final offering.  You are welcome to guess where this is going (ie. solve the puzzle) or… wait a month or three (seriously) and all will be explained.

Clue A

You may already suspect where this is going… if not, a revisitation to this post may help in your investigation.

Clue B

Not only do we celebrate our fortieth anniversary this year, so does the establishment of  UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Two of those sites may be of interest to you in this context… anyway, they are to us…

Strasbourg

Surrounded by two arms of the River Ill, the Grande Ile (Big Island) is the historic centre of the Alsatian capital. It has an outstanding complex of monuments within a fairly small area. The cathedral, the four ancient churches and the Palais Rohan – former residence of the prince-bishops – far from appearing as isolated monuments, form a district that is characteristic of a medieval town and illustrates Strasbourg’s evolution from the 15th to the 18th century.

As significantly (for us), Strasbourg is less than an hour’s train ride from Colmar, home to the Isenheim Altarpiece.

Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites

Stonehenge and Avebury, in Wiltshire, are among the most famous groups of megaliths in the world. The two sanctuaries consist of circles of menhirs arranged in a pattern whose astronomical significance is still being explored. These holy places and the nearby Neolithic sites are an incomparable testimony to prehistoric times.

The proximity of this UNESCO heritage site to the medieval cities of Salisbury and Winchester, each with its own magnificent cathedral, makes the region a prime destination for those interested in Britain’s rich historic, cultural and religious heritage.

International Emblem of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites
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