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July 14, 2017

picnic, outdoors, and running off to the circus
posted by soe 8:40 am

Last night was one of those times when I dozed off on the couch with audiobook and cat and knitting before writing my blog post. So you get my three beautiful things from this past week, which also counts for Carole & Kat’s Think Write Thursday, this morning instead:

Summer Evening

1. A group of us gathered for a Friday evening picnic. The band was doing ’80s covers, there was a breeze (which admittedly turned into a bit of a less beautiful wind strong enough to throw Sarah’s beer at her), and we could see fireworks in the distance.

2. We’re now fully into outdoor movie season where you can catch a flick nearly any night if you’re willing to travel a bit, so Rudi and I tempered hot days of a heat wave spent indoors with nights spent in parks. We watched A League of Their Own on the riverbank in Georgetown and Raiders of the Lost Ark in the park by our house. Living in a city, anytime you can find a grassy area, the temperature is at least five degrees cooler and proximity to a river will drop it another five.

3. Every year, the Smithsonian puts on a FolkLife Festival in the two weeks on either side of July 4th. This year marked its 50th anniversary, so they did it up big by taking us to the circus, giving us trapeze artists, aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, tightrope walkers, and even one of the 70 remaining sword swallowers left in the United States:

Circus Arts -- Puppetry

Circus Arts -- Trapeze Artists

Circus Arts -- Trapeze Artists

Circus Arts -- Acrobatic Dancers

Circus Arts -- Tightrope Walkers

Circus Arts -- Aerialist

Circus Arts -- Sword Swallower

Circus Arts -- Sword Swallower

Circus Arts -- After the Show

(All those indoor shots are of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.)

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world recently?

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