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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

Welcomed Interlopers

I’ve been away for a while, doing too much writing for work and not enough of my own here and elsewhere. In the mean time, we have had a few  new faces around the yard. (Photo attribution: Aviceda [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons.) I looked out an upstairs window one day and saw … Continue reading

Scorched Earth and Yellow Jackets

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

Well, It Can’t Be All Ducklings

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

Venturing Outside the Biosphere

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

Eyroun in lentyn

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

Bee Couture

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

“Was it a magpie?”

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

From the Menagerie

animal, insect, bird, and human members!                

Public Enemies?

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

My Latin Notebook

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