No rain has fallen, in this part of the land, for an unprecedented time & everything is more red-hot & dried-up than in all my long years here I have ever known it…the thermometer that day in London was 97F; but the hot glare of the South Coast, my parched & blighted garden & the … Continue reading
Sometimes, it has to be rats and pigeons… These are photos from May, during a visit from a niece. The first was from our yard, the second from the Luxembourg Gardens. It seems the best way to unnerve the French is to try to feed pigeons. Who knew? We also tried to feed some crows, … Continue reading
Ducklings always get people’s attention. And now that I have that: I have become a Wildlife Casualty Volunteer with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for Animals (RSPCA). We volunteers even have our own acronym/title: WCV. Most know the RSPCA for its work with domestic animals. But, they do a brisk business with … Continue reading
Take Eyroun & blow owt þat ys with-ynne ate oþer ende; þan waysshe þe schulle clene in warme Water; þan take gode mylke of Almaundys, & sette it on þe fyre; þan take a fayre canvas, & pore þe mylke þer-on, & lat renne owt þe water; þen take it owt on þe cloþe, & … Continue reading
Vesper vespere truditur: Sed nunc deterior, nunc melior subit. Anni nubibus insident, Incertis equitant lustra Favoniis, Caeco saecula turbine. Haec, quam Pieria decipimus lyra, Iuncto fulminus essedo, Eheu! Quam celeres hora quatit Notos! Fortunae rerumque humanarum inconstantiam accusat) Matthias Casimir Sarbiewski 1595 Winter 2018 aftermath We’ve had the builders around lately, doing a bit of … Continue reading
The other day I caught a show on the western part of England, fronted by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. Now, I usually avoid programs with celebrity chefs (generally male) looking to expand their CVs by talking about stuff beyond food and cooking. Never mind that their cooking shows display a whiff of desperation to try to … Continue reading
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https://youtu.be/c0caVjDTyZo This 3 January 2018 video is about birds and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA; which thanks its supporters for helping birds in 2017. Related articles Yellow-rumped warblers, three species, not one? Hairy woodpecker in New York state, USA Tufted titmouse in the USA, video…
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On tv in the UK recently, there was a series called Retreat: Meditations from a Monastery. Here is a related, alternative view for the Advent and Christmas season….
It’s around this time of year, freezing cold, nothing on the ground, that the animals having either numbers or muscle on their side dominate whatever food is thrown out. Pigeons Pigeons constitute one such animal. It is not unusual to have a lawn carpeted in pigeons, hogging all the seed. I was told at the … Continue reading