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So Long and Thanks for all the Grapes
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***Also in the - 'Cracked Canvi: Off The Vine' series.***

'So Long and Thanks for all the Grapes...'  the back story...

Are you a fan of Monty Python?

Have you seen 'Monty Python and The Holy Grail'?

If you have answered yes to these questions, then you will appreciate this piece, a parody on a parody.

'So Long and Thanks for all the Grapes' is a new twist on the discussion between King Arthur and the guards atop the castle battlements in the opening scenes of the movie.

Arthur and his trusty servant Patsy are miming horse riding and banging coconuts together to mimic the sound of horse hooves.  Arthur attempts to seek shelter for the night at the castle, but the discussion never gets past the coconuts and where they came from.

The guards inquiry leads to a lengthy discussion about the migration tendencies and the weights of coconuts.  Further, the laden capacity of a Swallow (both African & European varieties) are called into question vis-a-vis their weight ratios and normal air speed velocities.

Not to mention things being held under the dorsal guiding feathers and so forth.  Arthur never gets to spend the night at the castle and the intellectual discussion between the guards continues on into the evening.  This piece is a take on that singular discussion....

Gentle slopes, home to 90 year old vineyards, gentle slopes protected behind re-enforced fences...

Newly installed, gold-flecked, red mylar strips keep the birds away and hold the deer at bay...

The grapes were safe..., or so they thought.

No one thought of the butterflies...what would could they possibly do?

Ah indeed, what could they really do?


The African-Swallow, the world's second largest butterfly with a 12 inch wingspan...

Silent power charging on wings larger than most birds found in the wine country....

Where they came from and where they went, no one knows.

But with no strands of creeper available, they seized on a new idea, the high-tech mylar, if secured under the dorsal guiding wing section, could facilitate grape transport...


The African Swallow Butterflies rise up into the sky and strands of mylar in tow, carrying their unusual cargo,...grapes.

To what end?  

Why would butterflies even want grapes?  

Who knows, but there they go off into the skies above, mylar and grapes in tow.

"...So Long and Thanks For all The Grapes..."
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