Thursday, January 31, 2013

All That Glitters...

In the Broadway musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, on stage in 1949, Carol Channing introduced the song “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”. She presented a glittering unforgettable image throughout her career, diamonds or not.
Likewise, with Valentine’s Day approaching, it may be that more women than not are dreaming of a sweet treat that’s not chocolate!

It seems that there are at least two different ways in which the word “diamond” can be used. The noun, identifying the sought-after crystalline stone of pure carbon that is the hardest natural substance in the world – thusly used for cutting edge technologies and jewellery. An adjective such as “a diamond in the rough”, or “her eyes they shone like diamonds” (from the folk song Black Velvet Band). 

In the depths of Winter here in Bracebridge, we have had temperatures well below freezing – those days when the snow crunches as you walk and it’s important to avoid frostbite! If the sun is shining the rays appear to reflect off the hard snow in blinding beauty. This is what a colleague once described as a “diamond day”. So incredible it nearly takes one’s breath away.

Difficult to discover, and incomparable in its characteristics, you too will recognize it when you see it – a “diamond day” in Winter is all that glitters!

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