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On the Approach of Winter

  Quand je lou tans refroidier voi et geleir et les arbres despoillier et iverneir adonc me voil aaizier et sejorneir a boen feu leiz lou brazier, et a vin cleir en chade mason par lou tans fellon; ja n’ait il perdon ki n’amet sa garison. Although my graduate work had to do with Medieval … Continue reading

Did I Just See What I Think I Saw?

Moaning about the Weather The weather is and has been what anyone in the UK would call ‘pants.’  Not just for the last day or even the last week.  More like the last two weeks with no end in sight.  It’s not just the rain, but the cold, winter cold.  We have had heating on, fires … Continue reading

“…And a mistle thrush in a cherry tree, falalalalalalala”

I am incredibly behind on my birdy posts, not because it’s been quiet around here during winter.  Quite the opposite.  It’s been extremely busy since autumn, losing one gang, gaining two, robin wars etc.  I will try to update my bird log in the next post. But for this one, I did want to take some … Continue reading

Watching Winter

I found out the answer to my monster wasp in winter question by watching WinterWatch 2013 last week.  ‘Season’ + Watch+ year is a BBC nature series, big on live nature cams and pre-recorded video footage of any kind of nature during the particular season it is being aired.** Before revealing the answer, just a few … Continue reading

Thanksgiving: Queen Bees! Pies! Drunk Birds! Autumn Watch Rant!

What’s not to like about that selection?  Something for everyone, I say.  My usual musings around holiday time, ‘for me [primarily] or for you for anyone or of course for no one to make what you or he will of them.’ (Remember Fern Hill?  Then you should like these words about poetry from which the quote is … Continue reading

‘Retained by the Nazis…because of his beekeeping skills’

Not a sentence you expect to see.  It certainly caught my attention in a book I recently read, War on the Margins:  An untold story of secret heroism in wartime Jersey, by Libby Cone.  I picked this up in Heffer’s bargain bin, a location in the bookstore I frequent often because it reminds me of … Continue reading

It May Be Raining, But the Sun Is Still Shining

Thanks to the Hobbit Queen for nominating this blog for a Sunshine Award.  As bloggers (that would be oh, about a billion of us), we send out our messages hoping for someone to show an interest.  And when you are not one of those who are ‘Freshly Pressed’ or have like thousands of site visits daily, … Continue reading

De Consolatione Philosophiae : O Stelliferi Conditor Orbis!

For Good Friday contemplation, a little Boethius: o stelliferi conditor orbis, qui perpetuo nixus solio rapido caelum turbine uersas legemque pati sidera cogis, ut nunc pleno lucida cornu totis fratris obuia flammis condat stellas luna minores, nunc obscuro pallida cornu Phoebo propior lumina perdat et qui primae tempore noctis agit algentes Hesperos ortus solitas iterum mutet … Continue reading

It’s Official: They Are Engaged!

auspex 1. An augur of ancient Rome, especially one who interpreted omens derived from the observation of birds. 2. In ancient Rome, a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy auspicate, auspicating 1. To begin or to inaugurate with a ceremony intended to bring good luck. 2. To give a favorable turn to … Continue reading

You say ‘pizza’, Virgil says ‘placenta’, or where Boris Johnson should have gone during that week of holiday*

In a week where there have been rumors that Bill Clinton is now a vegan, it is good to hear that there are people somewhere on the planet combining the learning of Latin with the ordering of junk food (although I for one think classifying pizza as junk food is a highly debatable point, certain … Continue reading

My Latin Notebook

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