9.19.2008

Little Whinging


There's so much going on these days, and it just feels like there's little time for writing, actually it's more like little room in my head for extra words and ideas. Last night for the first time in a long time I found myself in an utterly favorable place: G in bed, tea at hand, along with Dorothy Sayers' Busman's Honeymoon and Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto on the record player, with a comfortably scratchy rendering of Girl From Iponema. It was beautiful. And it lasted perhaps half an hour, and then I had to get up because something else needed doing. I don't like how autumn denotes change and therefore some sort of industry, back to school (i.e. work) and all the while the turn of the weather is calling me indoors to soups, slippers & sloth. I'm whinging, I know I am, and there's nothing for it except to immediately go and lie in bed and read. RX! Book! Bed! I go!

7 comments:

Heather said...

An excellent choice of companions. I think BH is one of her finest novels - especially when she shows the reaction Lord Peter has to sending a man to the gallows. I love Golden Age whodunits, but I forget it was a time of capital punishment :(

And no one does Ipanema like Getz and Gilberto :)))

Heather

rosa said...

Yes, I forgot how singular this is in a mystery novel, the conscience of 'the great detective', you're right, its one of her finest. Although I think Gaudy Night is pretty incredible. I'm working on 'Mind of the Maker', she writes so academically that as a 'lay person' I have had a hard time working through it. So far she is talking about some of the same themes that Lewis touches on in 'Mere Christianity', but his style was much more suited to the 'common man', I think. Although I never thought about it until trying to muddle through this Sayers book! Have you read it?

Lucy Corrander said...

Oh dear, I was going to be very prosaic and say I like autumn!

Lucy

P.S. Thanks for being a 'follower' of PICTURES JUST PICTURES , Rosa.

P.P.S. I wish Google could have thought of a more appropriate description!

Lucy said...

Just to let you know LOOSE AND LEAFY is up and running again.

Also to say, I haven't forgotten that I owe you the rest of an email.

Things are getting down in a very bitty and totally random way.

(!)

Lucy

P.S. Esther will be in hot pursuit.

franny said...

i'm so glad you're whinging. my coworker and i whinge a lot. about once a week, we have "whinging time". it's helpful.

Lucy Corrander said...

Isn't 'once a week' a little abstemious?

Lucy said...

Sorry, it's me again.

I've mentioned you on today's post for LOOSE AND LEAFY (24th September). Hope that's ok. If not, let me know and I'll change it.

Lucy

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.