‘Tis the Season

Grades are in and I am safely come to Dundee. There were happy family greetings, gifts, and packages waiting — and even a bit of sun. And much silliness, of course. Now #tea and the opportunity to idle and write. There’s time to let much of the madness of a harsh year slip away, if only to return to the resistance later strengthened.

At passport control, the fellow asked ‘Purpose of your visit?’

‘To avoid having to hear about that orange idiot twenty-four hours a day.’

‘Fair enough.’

Lammas

From Leechdom, Wortcunning and Starcraft of Early England, a compendium of wonderful folk knowledge of early Anglo-Saxon England, a charm using bread [hláf] hallowed on August 1st [hláfmæsse-dæg] the traditional grain harvest day:

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Summer’s last hurrah this month: in sunny Dundee the flowers still bloom:

But the rowan berries have come too, and they spell my doom:

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Secret Garden


The rain came but I chased it away so I could visit one of my favourite hidden places in London. Beautiful.

Dundee Spring

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Indulge me: here are some lovely things of spring.

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This girl: ‘Let me be in the picture!’

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I did manage to turn Elsa into a rock chick briefly…

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…which did not go over well.

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So I had to be a princess, too.

Earth Day Tulips

Happy Earth Day: here are the benefits of the last few flights  going by way of Amsterdam.

Away

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In Brigadoon

The heat finally broke

The heat finally broke

tomatoes

There was just time enough to pick some tomatoes before the heavens opened up

My office for the present

My office for the present

My neighbours (too hard to get pix of the ravens and the crows)

My neighbours (too hard to get pix of the ravens and the crows)

The guinea fowl who showed up one day and has never left; he likes the truck

The guinea fowl who showed up one day and has never left; he likes the truck

The tenant downstairs plays music late at night

The tenant downstairs plays music late at night

It's apple season

It’s apple season

The woods are lovely, dark and deep...

The woods are lovely, dark and deep…