Thursday, September 30, 2021

Outstanding October

 October is United Nations Month. 

With 193 member states the UN is Earth's largest intergovernmental organization.

Opal is October's gem. Lore says it's a protective stone representative of harmony and justice. Seductive precious opals flash with iridescent seams.

Calendula is October's flower.
October is time for thanksgiving, a national holiday celebrated with harvest meals and family gatherings. My dinner table includes bush meat, root vegetables and an array of plant based offerings. Taste, tradition, memory.
Hallowe'en, SamhainDía de los Muertos

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Superb September

识字  ליטעראַטור  ਸਾਖਰਤਾ  સાક્ષરતા  Műveltség साक्षरता  

リテラシー  Грамотность  문맹 퇴치  Γνώση γραφής  

Llenyddiaeth  អក្ខរកម្ម  Ukufunda nokubhala

September 8th is UNESCO International Literacy Day.  

A relationship between sound and letters 

needed for reading, writing and vocabulary, 

literacy is a foundation for development.

One in five of Earth's adult population is illiterate.

The delicate looking but hardy aster is September's flower.

Sapphire, Earth's third hardest mineral is this month's gem.  
Most sapphires of note have been mined in Sri Lanka.

Try to remember when life was so tender
That no one wept except the willow.
Try to remember when life was so tender
That dreams were kept beside your pillow.
Try to remember when life was so tender
That love was an ember about to billow.
Try to remember and if you remember then follow.

September 30

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Auspicious August

This month got its name in 8 BC in honour of Rome's first emperor, Augustus Caesar
Sardonyxan agate associated with strength, courage and protection, 
is August's traditional gemstone. Peridot and spinel are others.
Hot wax doesn't adhere to sardonyx, used for centuries to make seals and signet rings.
August 20 is World Mosquito Day. 
There's much to learn about this mean vector of deadly, deforming disease — dengue, chickungunya and yellow fevers; filariasis; zika; West Nile. 
Mosquito born illnesses kill about 700,000 humans annually.

Where I live, at 51.0447° N, 114.0719° W August skies are turbulent with storm clouds between hours of sunny tranqulity.

August's flower is tall and majestic. Some of these spikes of funnel flowers grow to over 1.5 meters. 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Joyful July

July is named in honour of Roman author, historian and 

dictator Julius Caesar who was assassinated in 44 BC, 

a decade after leading an invasion of Britain.

British warriors 44-45 BC

In Canada July 28 commemorates the "Great Upheaval" 

a 1755 decision to deport Acadians from Nova Scotia. 

Ruby, gemstone of this joyful month is found around our planet — Montana to Macedonia, Mozambique to Myanmar. 

Three billion is the estimated age of Greenland rubies.

and joy, 

Eagle is one of
July's birds.
Click here to see an eagle in a tree behind my home.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Jolly June

June is named in honour of goddess Juno, 
mythological wife of Jupiter, mother of Mars.
Moonstone, (bottom left) and pearl are June's traditional birthstones. 
So is alexandrite (bottom right), a rare gem named after Russian tzar 
Aleksandr II Nikolayevich. Birthstone is a fairly recent designation 
for this stone renowned for its pleochroism. 

Unlike June's birthstones, roseJune's flower isn't rare. There are over 13,000 species of these beautiful prickly blooms that have been around for millennium. A rose fossil found in Colorado USA was dated at about 35 million years.

The petit-point above, created by my mother, was stitched on silk with silk threads. There's more about roses here.
Doves, June's designated birds bring luck in love to those who embrace such lore. Doves in flight are signs of innocence and grace. If one arrives at your home, it's a reminder that peace will come regardless of current circumstances. This gentle dove came to rest in a planter on my balcony. 

All in all June's a jolly month to enjoy, and it's popular for weddings, too.                      

Friday, April 30, 2021

Magnificent May

May's birthstone, is a rare green gemstone 
indicative of love and rebirth.

May Day in some nations is Workers' Day —
celebrated with picnics and parades of picketers.

May is International Lyme Disease Awareness Month. 
2021 marks 45 years since I was bitten by a tick.
Click the Lyme link.

The majestic snowy egret 

renowned for its stillness 

and tranquility is May's bird 

while lily-of-the-valley 

is this month's designated flower. 

The links will take you to photos of both.

Where I live, 51°N 114°W, outdoor gardening season starts on  Victoria Day weekend, a holiday to celebrate the birth of Queen Victoria, May 24th 1819.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Awesome April

The fourth month of the year brings us an awesome array of colourjoy and the transparency

of April's gemstone

 winged messengers,
           new life…

 delightful daisies

and Easter wishes.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Marvellous March


March is about

Sparrows and daffodils

poetry and myth,

Pi day and equinox.

 photo from internet

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Fabulous February

 A short, awesome month, 

February is about primroses and violets

indigo buntings and Valentines

about celebrating multilingualism 

UNESCO photo from internet

and seeing hearts among us. 

NASA photo via Pinterest

Tuesday, December 29, 2020


Tock mouth reappears

amongst young clover

(shamrocks, seamrøga)

in Taipei.


Monday, December 21, 2020


A Solstice gift for 2020

Learn more from NASA

Monday, February 10, 2020

7 Things About February

1. Until 450 BC February was the last month of the Roman calendar.

2. The name Februarius comes from februum, Latin for purification. 

3. February has extra day quadrennially, known as leap year. 2020's a leap year.

4. The Anglo-Saxon name for February was Solmonath. Sol refers to both cake and mud. Cake month. Mud month. Mud cake month?

CAdams Photo©
5. February's full moon is a snow moon.
 Emma Magrath photo

6. February's an excellent month to visit Antarctica.

7. Like brewery, February has two "r"s, neither of which is silent. [feb-rew-ary]

February's flowers are violet and primrose. Indigo bunting is February's bird. Learn more by clicking the labels below.