Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Love - two versions

I'm admitting it to the world. I have loved Pat Boone since I was a little girl sitting in the movie theatre watching April Love with my best friend, Anne. The song is one of my all time favorites.




And here is a view of April Love right outside my window. Look at the color of his face! And the wing spread makes him walk oh, so slowly. This tom turkey had a harem of eight hens. After a snack at the bird feeders, they took a walk together up the hill and into the woods.

Check out the back view. The feathers are amazingly beautiful.

26 comments:

  1. Aren't they wonderful! I was reading The Cat Who Talked Turkey last month (Lilian Jackson Braun - have you read it?) and wondering what it would be like to see wild turkeys, and here they are! It's lovely to be able to share these moments - thank you, Nan.

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  2. They didn't used to be around, and now they are everywhere. We are so fond of them. If you type turkeys into the search bar you'll see a few other pics. As for the book, I'm sure I have unless it is a very new one. A series I can't resist even though I'm not so wild about it. :<) Very like the Fethering girls for me.

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  3. Ooooo!! We get these guys in our backyard in the spring, too! The wild turkeys, not Pat Boone. :-) They are so fun to watch!

    Lezlie

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  4. Lezlie, they used to be uncommon, but for the past few years they are around all seasons. The best is when the mums are leading around the little ones. Thanks for your very funny comment!

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  5. Thanks for the Pat Boone clip, Nan. I was madly in love with him as a teenager.

    The turkeys look great. I don't get anything bigger than ring doves in my garden.

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  6. What a handsome, sexy tom--I can see why he's got so many hens following him about.

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  7. Maureen, you know what really shocked me - in this clip he is the same age my son is now! Unbelievable. I think people used to look older than they do now. Handsome fellow, Mr. Boone.

    Margaret, I just love their colors, even that blue, blue face!

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  8. Well I just had to comment on this blog. For quite a while now I have suspected, from reading your blog, that you and I are very alike. It started with Stuart MacLean and then I found out you are married to a husband with the name Tom as am I. I often find myself nodding my head in agreement when I read your blog, and from your comments on my postings I have found we have similar memories from childhood. And now today, I too love Pat Boone, and I can remember going to see April Love with my best friend, who's name was not Anne but Anna. Yes I think we two are very alike.

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  9. Oh how I loved Pat Boone, I was at boarding school and we all used to gather around the old gramophone
    player and swoon. Love Letters in the Sand, wasn't that on the other side? He's a far cry from todays pop stars, that's for sure.

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  10. Anon. was C.B by the way, I was so carried away by Mr Boone, singing along with every note, that I forgot that Google have disenfranchised me again!

    C.B!

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  11. Donna, that was a wonderful comment. I am quite amazed.

    Anon (Carole?) Love Letters in the Sand is a great song, too. I even liked his metal phase.

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  12. I guessed, didn't I, Carole?! I wish April Love was on dvd; I'd buy it in a second.

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  13. OK... I confess. I loved Pat Boone, too. Remember Moody River?

    Those turkey photos are amazing! What a gorgeous bird.

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  14. What a handsome dude. I bet the ladies were just swooning over that blue face.

    Speaking of faces. I love your header photo. Such a curious look.

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  15. I was a freshman in college when April Love came out and people said I looked like Shirley Jones. Still do, a little. Pat Boone was a dreamboat--when I say that word now youngsters don't know what it means!

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  16. What a gorgeous Tom and what a harem he has!! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Oh, I remember watching April Love on television many a Saturday afternoon when I was little. I was especially fond of it because, being born on April 7th, I thought everything that contained the word "april" was somehow significant. And also, I loved the horse in the movie. Remember him? Was his name Tugfire? Or did I dream that?

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  18. Love those turkeys! Looking at your top photo I find it so hard to believe what I hear - that sheep are not very smart. He looks so wise (or is that a she?).

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  19. Nan
    Those turkeys are amazing.
    I loved your 'walk about post'.
    And yes those SF sea lions are amazing and I could watch them for hours.
    How fun you've visited several times.
    Our daughter has been there 5 years and this was my 5th visit. I try to go once a year, and she comes east 3-4 times a year.
    Also thanks for your last several book posts which have added lots of books to my 'want to read' list.

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  20. Kay, we shouldn't feel a bit guilty! Moody River was too sad for me. And those turkeys are so great!

    Lisa, I think last year was the first time we noticed the blue. Quite an amazing color. I love the sheep's expression, too. I think it partly comes from those incredible eyes.

    Mary Lois, I'll have to check with my kids and see if they have ever heard the term. There are some other clips from the movie on you tube with Shirley J. singing. I'd love to see the movie again. I wonder if I'd like it or not.

    Sherri, he is quite the fellow!

    Pamela, I don't think I've seen it ever on tv, only that time at the theatre. I don't remember the horse, but I do remember PB in a flannel shirt (I think). It was the first time I'd seen one. Isn't that amazing?!

    Susan, he is a he (wether). My hackles rise when I hear people say sheep are dumb. They say it about chickens too. I don't believe it. I've never thought it. It's like the myth of cats being aloof. I've not ever had an aloof one in forty years of cats.

    Mim, thank you for your newsy comment. I'm very pleased you are interested in some of the books.

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  21. How lucky are you?! What a wonderful courtship display. :) (At least they're discreet by going to the woods! Hee.)

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  22. Those are wonderful turkeys! Fancy being able to look out of your window on those. It makes the herring gulls which are currently 'courting' on our neighbour's roof look a trifle ordinary!
    I never cared much for Pat Boone. I preferred them a bit more raffish. I adored Robert Mitchum and my friend an I used to practice the Mitchum walk down the corridor at school ... daft or what?
    But I couldn't resist listening to April Love ... I've been sitting here with my husband listening to it. It brings back such vivid memories of the late 1950s ... oh for those wonderful dresses and hairstyles. How much nicer than today's scruffy look when never has so much been spent on fashion and never have so many looked a complete and utter mess.
    Margaret Powling

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  23. Just a PS ...
    I loved the song Love Letters in the Sand. But wasn't this also recorded by someone called Ketty Lester?
    Margaret Powling

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  24. Very funny, Nancy! Actually, the hens were all quite disinterested in him when they were at the feeders. :<)

    Margaret, two different songs: Kitty Lester's -'love letters straight from your heart- keep us so near, while apart' Mr. Boone's - 'on a day like today, we passed the time away, writing love letters in the sand.' I was a little scared of Mitchum. :<)

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  25. How silly of me to muddle the two songs that I know well! Anno domini yet again!
    I think that's why we adored Mitchum. A group of five of us would go to all his films and ooh and ahh! He could do scary stuff, like Night of the Hunter and lovely romantic stuff like Heaven Knows Mr Alison. But he didn't need to act. He just had to stand there. That was sufficient for us to all go weak at the knees!
    Margaret Powling

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