Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall Term is (Finally) in Full Swing!

An update is long overdue!  In the midst of harvesting, goat breeding, and barn building, we are forging ahead into our fall term. Last week, we took a field trip to the apple orchard down the road.  They did a great presentation on apple trees and how the press works, all while satiating our seasonal cravings for cider and donuts.  Well, perhaps my cravings are more perpetual than that.

For each term, we study a different composer and artist, as well as three folk songs and three hymns.  Our folk song this month is "On Ilkla Moor Baht 'At," which happens to mean "On Ilkley Moor Without a Hat" in Yorkshire English.  I never would have guessed that one.  It's subject?  A man goes courting in the cold without a hat.  He dies from catching cold, gets eaten by worms, which are eaten by ducks, which are eaten by humans.  In that way it all goes around.  (Wait, what??)  In searching for a YouTube video to use as a pronunciation guide, I stumbled across this rather untraditional version.  You're welcome.