Monthly Archives: June 2015

A Morther of Crowis

Colbost House (my home in north west Skye), is ruled by a murder of hooded crows. These rare, beautiful, but beastly birds have a system of sentries posted in each of the tall ash trees dotted around the enclosure. Every … Continue reading

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Epergne

Epergne From Wikipedia Epergne (/ɨˈpɜrn/ or /eɪˈpɛərn/) is a type of table centerpiece, usually made of silver, but may be made of any metal or glass or porcelain.

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Sublime moments: canary birds, a lamprey and Jean Francois Lyotard.

When the ebullient Para Handy described a person, scene or object as ‘chust sublime’ he probably wasn’t thinking of Lyotard’s reworking of the Kantian sublime never mind the Critique of Judgement by Immanuel Kant himself. I say ‘probably’ because one … Continue reading

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Pronkstilleven

  Pronkstilleven ‘Pictures appeared to be associated in most peoples’ minds with a vast canvas of a ham, a lobster, a brace of teal, a flask of wine, a cheese with lifelike grubs on it, fresh strawberries with a giant … Continue reading

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Inquiline

A gall is an abnormal growth of plant tissue usually caused by the action of an insect, usually a gall wasp. Each clump of tissue will harbour the larva (0r larvae) of the wasp. However, a whole association of other … Continue reading

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