Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Cast Your Vote.

As many of you have noticed I change the picture part of Bastion & Lark's banner a couple of times a year. These changes are either to mark an event, much like the recent image of Churchill Downs to commemorate the latest Kentucky Derby, or simply to show a change in the seasons.

I am going to be putting up a new banner this coming Monday, the 27th, and would like your help to decide what one to use. I've created four new banners to choose from that will represent the thankful arrival of warmer weather (to Chicago anyway). Please vote for the one you like the best and next Monday you can check back in to see if your choice won. As I would love to get a lot of votes on this please share this with your friends, followers, coworkers, fellow cult members...what have you. So without further ado...

Style  #1.
Style #2.
Style #3.
Style #4.
And there are your options, not to hard to see what my inspirations were yes. I look forward to seeing how everyone votes. Also, of you have any general comments about any of the styles I'd love to hear those too of course.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sunday Morning Classics: Habanera.

While this morning has been a bit of a downer for me (don't ask, it involved a baby duck), I wanted to inject some beauty into the day. Finding a great piece for Sunday Morning Classics goes a long way to achieving this goal.

So, to help sooth a saddened heart I have picked Habanera from Bizet's opera Carmen. The version I choose is done by the ever amazing Maria Callas for a performance she did in 1962.

Hope this brightens your day too.


Saturday, May 4, 2013

The 139th running.

As many of you should already know I am a huge fan of horses, horse racing and all things equestrian in general. The absolute height of this passion is of course the running of The Kentucky Derby, the greatest two minutes in sports.

The Derby is a wonderful spectacle of nobility, colour, fashion, excitement and pageantry. Each running holds true to time honoured traditions yet presents all new stories. One of the biggest stories this running is about Rosie Napravnik (riding Mylute) who is poised to potentially be the first female to win a Derby, as Mylute is an odds favourite.

#4 Rosie Napravnik

Of the time honoured traditions one of the most well known, and possibly my favourite, would have to be the Mint Julep. As such here is the recipe used at the Derby.
The Mint Julep:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • Crushed ice
  • Early Times Kentucky Whisky
  • Silver Julep Cups

    • This is the official recipe used at Churchill Downs. Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
     * These are also a great drink any time during the summer, trust me.
    So make sure to find a great place to view a great outfit to wear and have a fabulous time watching the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby.

    See you at the races,

    P.S. Hope everybody like the new header image I did in honour of the Derby.
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