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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

And there were bees…

This spring and summer. You would be forgiven for thinking “what about the bees? wasn’t this blog about the bees?” In the same manner my husband keeps asking “what about the Latin? wasn’t this blog about Latin?” Post, ubi iam thalamis se composuere, siletur in noctem fessosque sopor suus occupat artus. Nec vero a stabulis … 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

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

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

Bumbarrels!

I think this has become my most favorite word, and I owe it to Quercuscommunity who got it from John Clare (quoted on the Quercuscommunity page): And coy bumbarrels, twenty in a drove, Flit down the hedgerows in the frozen plain And hang on little twigs and start again.  John Clare – Emmonsail’s Heath in Winter I may … Continue reading

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