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I think we need a little bee zen right now

  A repost from April 2013. This was serendipity as we had not intended this discarded plant pot to water anyone… Our bees have weathered the winter. But we have noted a switch: our garage bees are usually the real powerhouse-large colony, lots of honey. But they seem to have emerged from winter a bit … Continue reading

Still Catching Up, Distracted by the Worm Moon

…or if you prefer the chaste moon, death moon, crust moon, and sap moon. Whichever, it is considered the last full moon of winter. This is last year’s Worm Moon, taken by, at Virginia State Parks, a very different moon, orange because low on the horizon (attribution: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vastateparksstaff/26458503316/) This brings to mind a non-birthday birthday … Continue reading

Turkeys and Honey: sorry, couldn’t come up with anything better for a title…

I have been remiss, yet again, with this blog. I could say real life has intruded, but have you seen this video?   If that isn’t real life, I don’t know what is. Is it called irony watching live turkey boys having a family squabble right before my family sat down for its Thanksgiving dinner … Continue reading

Goodbye to the Boss

I have put off writing this post since the end of May. But I finally have to admit defeat:  Boss, my blackbird pal for the last six years is gone. I don’t know exactly why, could be death, could have gone off with a mate, as it would seem that this yard must be stuffed … Continue reading

Birthday Hog

    Part of my catch-up regime, this from a May birthday. My friend, Jo, made me this buttercream hog. Yes, there was delicious cake in there as well,  and little pecan feet. Speaking of hogs and eating, we are up to 10 eating dishes (just leftover aluminum tins) for the hogs, and one for … Continue reading

Hogs Gone Wild!

Ok, so remember this? The manky bone the squirrels were sharpening their teeth on? Well, it disappeared after the post, probably because they thought it would attract a crowd. A week or so afterwards, I was standing on the opposite side of the yard and heard the familiar sound: eek,eek,eek. I couldn’t locate it, but … Continue reading

Caca de Luna

(attribution: Marshman at English Wikipedia / Eric Guinther [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)%5D) Not magic mushrooms, but a continuation on an old theme for me: moon poo or slime mold or false puffball or enteridium lycoperdon. Why, God why, you ask? It’s not me this time. Someone posted a photo of this on the British and … Continue reading

Ex luna, scientia

  Yes, looking back over the last few posts, it is clear I have become a bit moon mad. But in the best possible way, I hope.  I do think that I can be excused for my excessive interest (although this article doesn’t), as this was the third and final super moon for 2019, a … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

When a calling bird isn’t just a calling bird*…

(Photo Attribution: Xavier Romero-Frias [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons) When it is a symbol, apparently.  The Twelve Days of Christmas is an 18thc English Christmas Carol, counting down from 25 December Christmas the birth of Christ to the Feast of the Epiphany the visit of the three Magi on 6 January, with gifts … Continue reading

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