Sunday, 15 July 2018

Mi hai sicuramente preso in giro, proprio dall'inizio

A summer visitor - a Hummingbird Hawk Moth on the beautiful Phlox in the extensive gardens here at Dolores Delargo Towers

We love our new home. We love our garden. We love our parties and get-togethers. But, all that aside, there is little we love more here at Dolores Delargo Towers than to stumble across a new Diva!

And, thanks the the eternal meanderings of Madam Arcati across the interwebs, we have another.

Milva (for it is she) - nick-named La Rossa (Italian for "The Redhead") by her adoring public - has had a career spanning seven decades, as an internationally-renowned singer and actress, collaborating with the likes of Ennio Morricone, Mikis Theodorakis and Francis Lai.

She has gained a reputation not only in her native Italy but also in Germany and France for her specialism in chanson, tango, and "songs of the outsider" - including the music of Brecht and Weill, such as this one...

She is simply fantabulosa!

Cento di questi giorni, Signorina Maria Ilva Biolcati (aka Milva, born 17th July 1939)!


  1. She's a bit fierce, isn't she?!

    Your Phlox is gorgeous, and I haven't seen a hummingbird hawkmoth in a couple of years or so.

    1. Milva's fiercer than we could ever hope to be! Maybe I should dye my hair red?

      In all three gardens we've had here in London, there's always been a virtual Attenborough-documentary-worth of bizarre and wonderful wildlife in the undergrowth, including practically every bumblebee on the list, loads of other bees of various sizes, butterflies, moths, ichneumon wasps, beetles, centipedes, worms and flies (hover- and other unusual ones, as well as vile shit-flies); just tonight I was watching two dragonflies zoomin' abaht eating them all. I reckon it's to do with all the unkempt weed-strewn commercial plots, railway lines and lazy bastard non-gardeners in the area. A. Good. Thing. Or so it turns out.

      Just don't mention the slugs, snails or caterpillars.



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