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Poem for Wednesday and France en Lumieres


Moonlit Apples
By John Drinkwater

At the top of the house the apples are laid in rows,
And the skylight lets the moonlight in, and those
Apples are deep-sea apples of green. There goes
A cloud on the moon in the autumn night.

A mouse in the wainscot scratches, and scratches, and then
There is no sound at the top of the house of men
Or mice; and the cloud is blown, and the moon again
Dapples the apples with deep-sea light.

They are lying in rows there, under the gloomy beams;
On the sagging floor; they gather the silver streams
Out of the moon, those moonlit apples of dreams,
And quiet is the steep stair under.

In the corridors under there is nothing but sleep.
And stiller than ever on orchard boughs they keep
Tryst with the moon, and deep is the silence, deep
On moon-washed apples of wonder.

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As expected, I did not have a vehicle all day on Tuesday, though as it turns out I won't have one on Wednesday either because whatever is wrong with the van air conditioning is going to take more than one day to fix, which does not bode well for the expense as well as my need to get out of the house. That was not a problem at lunch, at least, because I had plans with my neighbor Carole, who drove us to Bethesda so that we could have Korean food and compare notes on our recent European trips (hers was to Scandinavia). We barely saw each other this summer because our lives were so crazy so we had a lot to catch up!

Paul needed to stop at the library when he came home from work, and it turned out the Pokestop there had the new Spinda quest, so I ended up having a good Pokemon day: in addition to catching two Spindas, I also hatched a Kangaskhan and finally finished the Celebi quest, plus made Paul drive me to an Articuno raid at the mall. We had leftovers for dinner, watched some baseball, then since I was in the mood and he'd only seen it once we watched Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Here are photos from the light shows we saw in France on cathedrals, in castles, and projected around the buildings of cities:

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This crown projected onto Rouen Cathedral...

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...is part of a free nightly show about the history of the Vikings in the region.

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The nightly show at the Chateau de Blois shows off the castle's famous staircase...

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...and focuses on the castle's famous history, including plots and assassinations.

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The Round Table in light at the Chateau de Comper Arthurian Center...

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...and the Sword in the Stone in light.

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"Luna" at the Musée des Beaux-Arts as part of Chartres en lumières...

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...and the spectacular history of Notre Dame de Chartres.
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