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E fructu arbor cognoscitur…..

Or maybe not, in this case. Or, maybe not by me, but perhaps one of my readers?  I have been travelling for work, and came across these little beauties in the parking lot of one of my stops. They look like the most delicate Japanese lanterns with little orange lights within. But from which tree … Continue reading

But Can Honey Be Spoiled? More on Mel Malum

That is a question I and at least one other reader of this blog asked after my last post, Spoiled Honey Made Good, a title taken from a recipe in an ancient Roman cookbook. Before answering it from a modern perspective, it would be interesting to know what the Roman perspective was, because according to Apicius … Continue reading

Spoiled Honey Made Good

No, not by adding tomatoes! But the tomatoes and the quote reflect a bit of an Italian cooking mania that has gripped me recently. And, reading books on Italian cooking has invariably led to some of the earliest known cook books, especially in Latin a some time theme of this blog. And, a popular ingredient … 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

There’s an Air of Expectancy Around Here or Will They or Won’t They? (1)

Hieme conduntur-unde enim firmae puinas nivesque et aquilonum flatus perferre vires? – sane et insect omnia, sed minus diu quae parietibus nostris occultata mature tepefiunt. circa apes aut temporum locorumve ratio mutate est, aut erraverunt priories. conduntur a vergiliarum occasu et latent ultra exortum – adeo non as veris initium, ut dixere, nec quisquam in … 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

How’s this for a Queen Bee, only it’s a bird!

De ramis cadunt folia, nam viror totus periit, iam calor liquit omnia et abiit; nam signa coeli ultima sol petiit. Iam nocet frigus teneris, et avis bruma leditur. (taken from a 13th century ms., and published in Mediaval Latin Lyrics, trans. Helen Waddell.  Norton 1977.  For translation, see below) This is one bird that not … 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

Augustine, a stalker?

Can’t help but get that feeling since I visited the Priory in Suffolk. In this month’s Prospect (http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/), he is mentioned two articles, neither having to do with religion (or Latin for that matter). The first article, Shifting Sands, is about, of all things, Qatar.  Congratulations must be given to Graham Boyce, quoted here by … Continue reading

On Easter and Bees, or as it is Good Friday some thoughts from Augustine for Richard Dawkins…

Carmen Paschale (Sedulius Scottus) Surrexit Christus sol versus vespere noctis, surgit et hinc domini mystica messis agri, nunc vaga puniceis apium plebs laeta labore floribus instrepitans poblite mella legit. nunc variae volucres permulcent aethera cantu, temperat et pernox nunc philomela melos. nunc chorus ecclesiae cantat per cantica Sion, alleluia suis centuplicatque tonis. Tado, pater patriae, … Continue reading

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