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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

And just in time for Halloween…

One of my favorite bird sites. Lesley is both knowledgeable and has a close relationship with the birds she observes. I especially like the honesty in this video.  It is so easy to demonize the wildlife that does not conform to our woefully ignorant views of nature, while blissfully celebrating others because we perceive them … Continue reading

Tales from the Yard

I have pledged that I will stop apologizing for not posting more frequently, because at this rate I would be apologizing constantly. I don’t know whether I don’t post because of work, or because there is just so much going on in the yard that I become overwhelmed by all the subjects and procrastinate. The … Continue reading

Caught on camera

A bit of a forewarning about these videos: they are not very interesting, no narrative arc, no denouement, no crisis. Just animals going about their business eating, some with a little assistance from us, one requiring no assistance from us at all. But these encounters, glimpses are thrilling for me, a way of getting to … Continue reading

Really, I should just give them their own sets of keys…

Another month, another apology for my absence, especially to all those blogs to which I subscribe. I do get some of your posts on my phone and have enjoyed reading them, making a note to self to drop a like or a comment by, but obviously to no avail. I plead a writing commitment, that … Continue reading

Christmas Break

Partly as a prize for those who guessed the Christmas cracker riddle, as well as an opportunity to pause and contemplate: This should give you a number of selections, just in case you need a lot of ‘contemplation’.* And if chanting is not your thing, this is a YouTube Channel I particularly enjoy. This woman … Continue reading

Counting Blessings (2): hogs, hawks, and bees

We’ve had many blessings in the garden this year, and have learned of many more in the world at large. Firstly, closer to home: Hedgehogs We began with one, but numbers on any one evening reached five and of all different sizes. Some were bolder, not ready to relinquish the food even at our approach. … Continue reading

Spring has sprang

  We’ve had the first batch of babies through here: baby Great Tits and Blue Tits (who together form a gang which dominates the airwaves and the feeders); baby starlings (ditto); baby sparrows (babies well-behaved, it’s the adults that are little highway bandits with the bird food, especially worms); baby squirrels; baby magpies; one baby … Continue reading

Non Semper Erit Aestas

or  “It will not always be summer.” (be prepared for hard times) taken from Stone, J. R. (2005). The Routledge Dictionary of Latin Quotations: The Illiterati’s Guide to Latin Maxims, Mottoes, Proverbs and Sayings, Routledge. Yes, the arrival of autumn, the precursor of winter, as well as winter itself signals hard times to come for the … Continue reading

Harry Houdini

…it’s not*. No, this isn’t some kind of weird ornament or Victorian curio. And, yes, it is alive. And oh so compliant because it knows we are its only hope at this point. God only knows how long it had been stuck in this fat ball feeder, surrounded by a circular cage to keep out, … Continue reading

My Latin Notebook

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