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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

Playa de Ivy

But it’s not ivy. It’s Fatsia Japonica, one of the monster plants we have in our garden (they are either monster plants and trees or dead plants and trees in our garden).   It happens to put out flowers around this time of year that look like ivy flowers. It has become the favorite winter … Continue reading

The Bee du Jour

    Philip Strange led the way, and others just followed in his wake, the latest the Autumn Watch crew.  Yes, Autumn Watch 2014 has jumped on the ivy bee bandwagon. Of course, they didn’t add much to Philip’s informative posts and photos. But, as much as it pains me to admit it, they did … Continue reading

Are ‘eu’ social?

No, not ‘e-u’ but as in ‘yew’  or ‘u’ or….Maybe you should just skip to the middle.  In the mean time, just know that They’re Alive! We, or rather my husband, mustered up the courage last weekend to invade bee space again. I had to do my taxes.  Believe me, bee stings would have been … Continue reading

Georgics Book IV, or since when are we running a spa?

BkIV:8-29 Location and Maintenance of the Apiary at liquidi fontes et stagna virentia musco adsint, et tenuis fugiens per gramina rivus, palmaque vestibulum aut ingens oleaster inumbret, ut, cum prima novi ducent examina reges vere suo, ludetque favis emissa iuventas, vicina invitet decedere ripa calori, obviaque hospitiis teneat frondentibus arbos. in medium, seu stabit iners, … Continue reading

Georgics Book IV Virgil as Beekeeper

“Protinus aerii mellis caelestia dona exsequar.  Hanc etiam, Maecenas, aspice partem. admiranda tibit levium spectacular rerum, magnanimosque duces, totiusque ordine gentis mores, et studia, et populous, et proelia dicam. in tenui labor; at tenuis non Gloria, si quem numina laeva sinunt, auditque vocatus Apollo.” From P. Vergili Maronis, Georgicon Liber IV, T.E. Page editor, MacMillan … Continue reading

My Latin Notebook

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