La Villa di Livia

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The very kind and very, very patient alicelucie of mellifluous name and the blog “All I Love” —which encompasses a good deal of the things I lovenominated  TSG months ago for something called the Liebster Award. I can’t excuse or explain why it’s something I wasn’t up to dealing with at the time, but —

Some Really Great Blogs I recommend in turn:

History, Arts, and Stuff

rhythm / pattern / texture / surface /  line / shape / process / revision / decay / becoming

Next stop: Science
The perks of being a PhD student

Religion – Philosophy – C.G. Jung and Cultures

Origins of Science as a Visual Pursuit

Critical Environmentalism
Social Studies of Environmentalism

Teenage Conservationist

The ROYAL SOCIETY has a blog!

Discover Smithsonian Gardens

To advance the understanding of nature & to engage people of all ages in learning about birds & protecting the planet.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe – John Muir

“In My Orchard”
 Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857–1941), English architect, and furniture & textile designer

Bees Are The Batteries of Orchards


Illumination from Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta
Joris Hoefnagel (1542 – 1600)


Virgil’s Bees

Bless air’s gift of sweetness, honey
from the bees, inspired by clover,
marigold, eucalyptus, thyme,
the hundred perfumes of the wind.
Bless the beekeeper

who chooses for her hives
a site near water, violet beds, no yew,
no echo. Let the light lilt, leak, green
or gold, pigment for queens,
and joy be inexplicable but there
in harmony of willowherb and stream,
of summer heat and breeze,
each bee’s body
at its brilliant flower, lover-stunned,
strumming on fragrance, smitten.

For this,
let gardens grow, where beelines end,
sighing in roses, saffron blooms, buddleia;
where bees pray on their knees, sing, praise
in pear trees, plum trees; bees
are the batteries of orchards, gardens, guard them.

Carol Ann Duffy

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