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Nocte Relucens, or Magic Mushrooms

Galliarum glandiferae maxime arbores agaricum ferunt. est autem fungus candidus, odoratus, antidotis efficax, in summis arboribus nascens, nocte relucens. signum hoc eius, quo in tenebris decerpitur. e glandiferis sola quae vocatur aegilops fert pannos arentes, muscoso villo canos, non in cortice modo, verum et e ramis dependentes cubitali magnitudine, odoratos, uti diximus inter unguenta.

http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/L/Roman/Texts/Pliny_the_Elder/16*.html See also https://archive.org/stream/naturalhistory04plinuoft#page/408/mode/2up  (Translation below) (My husband observed that, for a blog entitled My Latin Notebook, there had been precious little Latin of late. So this post is for him).


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The photo, as per usual does not do justice to the variety of  fungal colors on this stump including the ‘relucens’  or glowing, phosphorescent  ones. This post was started a couple of months ago when these were all glowing. This month, though, we have a glowing moon to compensate. The year’s biggest supermoon (close to the earth), occuring on 19 February,  is one of three this year (January, March are the others). Interestingly (to me, anyway), there was no full moon in February last year.   (for more info  https://earthsky.org/?p=299494)

January’s supermoon was the Super Blood Wolf Moon (with lunar eclipse).  February’s the Snow Moon, not that we know any of snow in the southern part of England. The March supermoon will closely coincide with the equinox. Pretty good going for the Worm moon, or the Full Sap moon.


Like everyone in the UK for the past week, I have been seeing bees this week, and quite a few of them are even mine! Both hives have been quite active. But I cannot be fooled. The appearance of robust health can so easily presage tragedy, so will be laying on the fondant post-haste.

I got an intriguing Christmas present:  beeswax wrap for food


Apparently, an effort to wean us off plastic. A friend was considering making some of these, and was wondering about spare beeswax from my rather messy honey-making exploits. However, I wonder if there are any sanitation issues? Must the wax be treated? I might have to ask the BBKA forum…

The bees have not been the only Buzzies around the yard (be prepared for a very bad photo indeed which you will definitely need to enlarge):

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I am hoping you can see the buzzard in the left-hand window.  It has been an occasional visitor to the yard for the past few months. Of course, putting the odd chicken carcus outside might have done the trick…

Bird Women

Anyone whose best friends are magpies (even Australian ones) is a friend of mine (https://www.youtube.com/user/themagpiewhisperer).

And, I think I have included clips from Canadian Lesley the Bird Nerd.  I learned something new from one of her latest clips: corvids love kitty kibble. Duly noted and implemented: my magpies love it, as do their cousins, the crows.



And, it seems my mother has become something of a bird woman: a week or so ago, she had 21 turkeys in her backyard (much to the chagrin of her near neighbors). They come from miles around when she shakes a bucket of seed (no, that is not a euphemism).





Pliny’s Natural History Book 16.13. In the Gallic provinces chiefly the acorn-bearing trees produce agaric, which is a white fungus with a strong odour, and which makes a powerful antidote; it grows on the tops of trees, and is phosphorescent at night; this is its distinguishing mark, by which it can be gathered in the dark. Of the acorn-bearing tree the one called the aegilops alone carries strips of dry cloth covered with white mossy tufts; this substance not only grows on the bark but hangs down from the branches in streamers eighteen inches long, and it has a strong scent, as we miss. said when dealing with perfumes.

http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/L/Roman/Texts/Pliny_the_Elder/16*.html See also https://archive.org/stream/naturalhistory04plinuoft#page/408/mode/2up  (Translation below)



6 thoughts on “Nocte Relucens, or Magic Mushrooms

  1. I have been using the beeswax cloths instead of cling film since last September to cover pots of leftovers or cheese in the fridge. I rinse them in warmish water with a spot of washing up liquid and prop them up to dry. No sanitation issues to date. Only problem — you can’t see what’s in the pot!

    Posted by hilarycustancegreen | February 16, 2019, 7:01 pm
  2. I did not know about bioluminescent fungi so that was very interesting and I enjoyed the bit of Pliny (in translation).

    Posted by philipstrange | February 27, 2019, 5:01 pm

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