This week the charming Rosemary of Where Five Valleys Meet, showed beautiful photos of Newark Park, a Grade 1 listed house in the Cotswolds. Among other treasures, a collection of pottery swans were found throughout the house.
The next day New Zealand blogger Shane, of Roses, Lace and Brocante featured a visit to a summer garden at Coatesville, Auckland.
It seemed perfectly natural that there should be a white swan swimming on the lake...
It seems these lovely blogs were harbingers of another Swan event:
Yesterday I was suddenly invited to see the Australian Ballet's new production of Swan Lake:
Starring Amber Scott and Adam Bull, with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky's ravishing score, it is a triumph of the traditional, tweaked just a little towards contemporary taste.
I enjoyed it very much indeed...
Who remembers Dame Margot Fonteyn?
Here she is in a 1953 production of Swan Lake, discussed in the program.
I saw her here in Brisbane twice, the first time in this role.
She was the most exquisite thing I have ever seen, as she fluttered onto the stage, and I have never forgotten it. So sad that she died too soon.
Did you know the black swan is indigenous to Australia?
It was thought to be an impossibility to Europeans, until Willem de Vlamingh sailed up the coast of Western Australia in 1696 and found them in the Swan River.
They have successfully bred in Britain and Europe, and Napoleon and Josephine had black swans in their garden at Malmaison.
And of course, some introduced white swans happily survive, generally in captivity, in Australia.
Hope you swan about in great style this weekend..