Well, we had some green in New Mexico, particularly in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The 176 square mile wide (and 500 feet deep) caldera was formed 1.2 million years ago after a volcanic eruption. We saw a herd of elks and quite a few little prairie dogs (sometimes sitting up in squirrel/meerkat style). Then we went on to Jemez Springs through a heavily-wooded narrow valley where the rain absolutely poured down.

Glyndebourne on Tuesday was also green, and we also had a bit of rain there, though we were picnicking under a tree and the rain wasn't a problem. The Yellow Sofa was based on a Portuguese story - a hard-working businessman called Godofredo buys the sofa for his wife, subsequently discovers that she has been canoodling with his business partner on the sofa, abandons her and decides to fight the partner to the death. Nothing comes of this, but in time he runs into his wife outside the opera house, and they are reconciled.

It was rather long (about an hour) and the music was so-so. The energetic cast engaged in too much running around and mugging. The best of the music was the fado-esque narrations by the voluptuous lady (Lauren Easton) who played the role of the sofa. The ten singers were past or present Glyndebourne chorus members, one of whom (Michael Wallace, who sang Godofredo) I'd seen previously as Don Giovanni, understudying an indisposed Gerald Finley at very short notice a couple of years ago (then he went back to playing the 2nd Mate in Billy Budd).

The double-bill was generally enjoyable, with lots of laugh-out-loud moments in L'heure espagnole (and an American - I think - Ramiro, Christopher Bolduc, replacing an indisposed Canadian). L'enfant et les sortilèges started with the very small Child sitting on an enormous chair at an enormous table. Maman was even more enormous, perhaps on roller-skates and/or skis(!) and the sortilèges were well-characterised. While the cup and the teapot were quarrelling, some of the surtitles appeared in Chinese!