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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

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

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

October is Nature’s Funeral Month

…Nature glories in death more than life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming – October than May. Every green thing loves to die in bright colors. -Henry Ward Beecher  Proverbs from the Plymouth Pulpit *** The weather of late around here is the very essence of funereal: grey, cold, with … 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

Lente currite, lente currite, noctis equi

My excuse for the title of this post is the tenuous link that we have had everything except horses in our garden so far this summer (although we have horses regularly clip clop past our house as someone in the neighborhood owns them). Although, do I need an excuse? It is an evocative, almost mystical … Continue reading

Maybe they have a future at Oktoberfest?

What do this Multiple stein wielder from Germany and this New dad …have in common? Answer provided here (a lot of territorial action in this video, but the worm carrying champ appears towards the end): Yes, it’s that time of year again* Spring 2015: they have carved out their territory, paired off, mated, and are … Continue reading

It’s a bird, and it has ‘honey’ in its name….

It’s got to be the honey buzzard!  Nope, me neither, never heard of one. Heard of buzzards, but not the honey buzzard or Pernis apivorus or the pern or common pern. I have made its acquaintance during my travels for work at a farm, where it sits patiently on a phone wire, examining the fields … Continue reading

My Latin Notebook

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