The Man From Hippo Said It Best

The Man From Hippo
O Holy Spirit, love of God....descend plentifully into my heart;
Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling,
And scatter there thy cheerful beams!
Dwell in the soul which longs to be thy temple;
Water that barren soil overrun with weeds and briars,
And lost for want of cultivating,
And make it fruitful with thy dew from heaven.......

Come, thou hope of the poor, and refreshment of them that languish and faint.
Come, thou star and guide of them that sail in this tempestuous sea of the world;
Thou only haven of the tossed and shipwrecked.
Come, thou glory and crown of the living,
And only safeguard of the dying.
Come, Holy Spirit, in much mercy,
Come, make me fit to receive thee.

-Augustine of Hippo (Algeria/354-430)


Lucy Corrander said...

Apologies that I'm about to be very mundane after these lovely words of St Augustine but . . .

I’ve used all the allotted space for photos on Pictures Just Pictures and have started a new blog so I can carry on. It’s called

Message in a Milk Bottle

I’ve given it a different look but its purpose is unchanged - a photo a day.

Hope all is well with you.

Are you writing a Christmas play or anything along those lines this year?


rosa said...

Hey Lucy!

I am loving message in a milk bottle-I've been impressed by your photography for many a long while now, and I'm glad you are proliferating your blogs (you do collect quite a few, don't you?!)

No plays on the docket, for Christmas, Easter, Whitsunday or any other date on the Christian calendar. B is ruminating on a screenplay adaptation of Chesterton's 'Man Who Was Thursday', but that's a long way off!

Esther Montgomery said...

I keep meaning to re-read 'The Man Who Was Thursday'. It used to be my favourite book and now I can remember very little about it except it was mysterious and frightening and I didn't quite understand it but was gripped by it. I really must get round to that re-read - I might find it still is! (My favourite!)


Esther Montgomery said...

It's me again. What happened about the other blog you were starting? Did you start and stop, or never start, or ?


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.