Category Archives: Plants

An ode to spring

The gods have treated us to this rare phenomenon: a sunny bank holiday. We decided to make the most of it and went To The Beach, to beautiful Rhossili Bay, on the Gower Peninsula. We actually live five minutes from … Continue reading

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Metamorphoses: changes are shifting outside the words

I have just come back from the Classical Association Conference, the biggest classics conference in the UK, which this year was held in Edinburgh. This was a very good ‘vintage’, with among other things, a wonderful panel on crime writing … Continue reading

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A yellow flag for peace

Today my native city – Brussels – was victim of horrific terrorist attacks. People on social media quickly showed their solidarity by using the Belgian flag (black – yellow – red). Less used – because far less known – was … Continue reading

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Flower consumption

Last time I wrote, I presented to you some fabulous twentieth-century representations of classical medicine by Ernest Board. One of his paintings showed Athenian black-figure vases used as flower pots. Now, these vases would never have been put to that … Continue reading

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The birth of roses

Regular readers of this blog will know that my favourite flower is the iris. It stands so proud; its colours are changing; its perfume is subtle. Nothing can beat the iris in my eyes. For some strange reason that I … Continue reading

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Strong as a mountain

Work-wise, the last few months have been hard. And ‘hard’ is the right word: none of the tasks I carried out have been particularly difficult, but they have been hard. The final stages of book writing are taxing – I … Continue reading

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The poor man’s bees

Apparently this is Pollinator Week. As it happens, I have been surrounded by lovely bees for the last couple of weeks.┬áThe Fondation Hardt has several beehives; they are located near the tomb of the Baron Kurd von Hardt. I have … Continue reading

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