Saturday, 25 February 2012


“Great music is in a sense serene; it is certain of the values it asserts.” - Rebecca West
We have had a very hot day today in Melbourne with the temperature just under 40˚C for most of the day. After doing some shopping and chores as early as we could, we ended up at home, which fortunately remained cool through the non-stop operation of the air conditioner. One is thankful on days like this of the technology and the way it can make our life easier. In the half darkness of the curtained off rooms we relaxed, watched a movie, read and listened to music.

Then evening came and even in the approaching darkness, the heat was intense. Tonight’s low will 21˚C and then again, another hot day tomorrow in the high 30s. Summer weather lingers all during February, which tends to be our hottest month. One yearns for autumn on days such as these. We humans are never content, it seems, we long for summer’s heat in winter, in summer we would snow and ice, in autumn’s decline we desire the burgeoning growth of spring and in spring’s flighty weather we yearn for autumn’s mellowness…

For a little Saturday Serenity, here is the gorgeous Lento, the second movement of Antonin Dvořák’s Quartet No 12 in F, the “American”. Music doesn’t get more serene than this. Enjoy it and enjoy the season you are experiencing this very day!

This post is part of the Saturday Sareenity meme.

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