Saturday, May 27, 2023

Month of May 2023- Flower, Birds, Butterflies!


Hello there! My last post was about the Coronation of King Charles. That was ages ago, wasn't it? What have I been doing? Oh my goodness, I have been working on a book. Oh, didn't you know that I have THREE books? They are as follows:

Book 1:  The Things that Kay Knows
Book 2:  The Things that Kay DOES NOT Know
Book 3: The Things that Kay Knew but Has Forgotten

That first book is a slim one, very slim indeed.
The second one is so big that it can hardly be lifted.
The third book is rapidly getting bigger every day!

What recent additions to that first book of Kay Knowledge?

Cotyledons- The first two leaves that come out on a seedling.

Blue eyed grass - not really a grass but an iris that grows wild. 
Sisyrinchium atlanticum, botanical name. (Beside a trail at Panola State Park.)

A small green butterfly- Juniper hairstreak. (On a daisy, it was.)

A grey bird with bright white feathers at its front- at the edge of Alexander Lake. (Even though I was so happy to ID it but now I can't remember the name of it so looks like it might be in that 3rd book. It is one that I have never seen before, only seen here in migration.)

Plains coreopsis-  A beautiful yellow flower growing wild beside the road in East Atlanta.  It had a dark center in the middle of the flower. We have lots of coreopsis growing wild beside the road but that particular one, I had never seen it before.

A green anole (a lizard) was on my front steps on a Dusty Miller plant- it was very straight on the stem and as I watched, it ate its own skin! I looked this up and sure enough, that is what I was seeing!

If you look back at my blog, you will see that I did a post in October and I told asked you all to read "Dracula".  I hope some of you did so!  Guess what! There will be a film coming out in August that focuses on just ONE chapter from that excellent written book! 
The film title is "The Last Voyage of the Demeter". It is about the ship that carried 50 wooden crates from Carpathia to London.  Isn't that something? To have a movie made from just one chapter? I told you that it was a great book! "Dracula" by Bram Stoker was first published on May 26, 1897.  If my math skills are correct, that was 126 years ago! Now, will I see the movie? Probably not, I don't like scary stuff! It cannot improve on the book anyway!

"Jennifer Juniper" by Donovan (I sang this when I learned the name of the little green butterfly.)

It has been a lovely cool breezy kind of month, this month of May in Georgia which is rather unusual, but I am not complaining! Flowers are blooming but my tomato, pepper and cucumber plants are wondering what happened to the Georgia heat. (Don't worry, it will be here soon enough!)

Hope you are all doing well where you are and always adding to your book of knowledge. And if you are like me and keep adding to that third book, at least we have our blogs where we can look back and refresh our memories.  Take care!

Close up of the blue eyed grass.  Isn't it beautiful? See how those little bits go out from the edge of the petals? Amazing, it is so tiny.

Monday, May 8, 2023

All the King's Horses and All the King's Men


Did all of you watch the Coronation?  No matter how you feel about the Monarchy you must admit that the Brits really know how to do great ceremonial pageantry.  I do wish I could have been there!  London is always wonderful for me but to have seen it in all the splendor associated with the Coronation of a king?  Yes indeed, it would have been amazing, I am sure! The procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Cathedral was magnificently done, don't you think so too? 

The Admiralty Arch was built as a memorial to Queen Victoria from her son, Edward VII.  Designed by Sir Aston Webb it was completed in 1912. You can find it at the end of the Mall (which is the large road which leads to Buckingham Palace.)

I took a photo of this from my TV screen! The banners spell out "Happy & Glorious" which is from the national anthem of course! 

At the top, the letters carved in the stone are in Latin and reflect what I told you above.  "In the tenth year of King Edward VII, to Queen Victoria, from most grateful citizens, 1910." That is, I think that is what it says... my Latin is not all it's cracked up to be, folks!

What else do you notice?  See how on one side, there are two sets of windows and yet, on the other side, you can count three? Three stories on one side and two stories on the other! Isn't it interesting that the architect chose to build this asymmetrically? I wonder why this is so?  Those on the left side have higher ceilings? I just wish I could go inside!

Did you notice the great precision of those marching in the parade? How they were able to march in formation through the arches?  (That is my meaning behind my title "All the King's Horses and All the King's Men".)  And so many! Just perfectly done.  One must admire it!

When we were in England in 2012 during the Queen's Jubilee, we had a lovely spread at the home of my in-laws. We even had quiche then! Marks & Spencer makes a very good gluten free one too!

Steve Winwood performed at the Coronation Concert.  He didn't do this song but I really like it...."Now The Green Blade Riseth".