What wond’rous life in this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;
The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons as I pass,
Ensnar’d with flow’rs, I fall on grass.It’s not quite like that in my garden. The Black Homburg vine produced few luscious clusters, for one thing. Otherwise it’s all good. Apart from ever-reliable staples such as lettuce, beetroot, rhubarb etc, currently most productive are chillies(a dead heat – geddit? – between the serrano, jalapeno and cayenne), raspberries and passionfruit. Try as I might I can’t think of a way of combining the three in one dish.
So here is Prince with “Raspberry Beret” from his 1985 album Around the World in a Day. Prince won’t let his real videos appear on YouTube so this is the Pop Up one with annoying visual pop-ups, but even so it is always a pleasure to see him, and also Lisa Coleman on keyboards and especially Wendy Melvoin on guitar: