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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

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

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

October Big Day Saturday the 6th

October’s full moon is on the 8th, otherwise known as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Travel Moon, and the Dying Grass Moon. To learn more about this moon, the Old Farmer’s Almanac online has all the info plus a video. All I am saying is that you might want to think twice before bobbing for apples… … 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

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