Category Archives: Boboli Personality

Soft Words Butter No Parsnips.

They say soft words butter no parsnips. Nevertheless this gem from Kenny Be, whose work I have raved about before – check him out here   is ‘tender and true”. But back to my own stuff and the never ending tortures. It’s the … Continue reading

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Zebra Crossing

 “ How far beyond zebra you go….” *   I still don’t know how far I can or will go with the Vegetable Tortures. Every time I think I’m finished with them something tickles my fancy. (Oooh Matron!) and I start … Continue reading

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Crambe Repetita (repetita): the return of the cabbage AND the flamingos.

  A couple of years ago I quoted the Roman satirist Juvenal’s aphorism: occidit miseros crambe repetita magistros – literally cabbage repeated is the death of the wretched masters. Looks like I’m guilty myself. This is a piece that I made when I was … Continue reading

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The Man from Monsanto: he say no!

  I don’t much like eating pineapples – they make my mouth hurt, but I do admire their stylish form. In a previous post I briefly mentioned Wedgwood pineapple and cauliflower ware and how  much I have been influenced by … Continue reading

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La Fontana delle Scimmie.*

*warning blog post contains references to Florence (again)   This is the Museo delle Porcellane di Boboli, an exquisitely faded small palazzo in the gardens of the Pitti Palace. It has a superb collection of porcelain and chinaware and delicious … Continue reading

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Egrets: I Have a Few.

Ever since I came back from Florence I’ve been thinking about egrets. In fact, I’ve already written about them here: The Lake of Lettuce The one pictured above is a lesser egret – you can tell by the black beak and … Continue reading

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Lares et Penates II: Knick Knacks

The Oxford dictionary defines a knick knack as a “cheap ornament, trinket, trifle, bauble, bric-a-brac, bagatelle, gimcrack, gewgaw, bibelot or kickshaw.” A sample sentence in the dictionary uses the word thus – “Her flat is overflowing with knick knacks.” But … Continue reading

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Fiat Lux.

It looks like I still have more  to say about Florence. This time I’m thinking about chandeliers. Like these two delicious confections from the Porcelain Museum in the Boboli Gardens. It amuses me that they both have wonky not to … Continue reading

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Plant on Plant Parasitic Action.

This is probably the last (or nearly the last) post about my time in Florence. I think I’ve just about squeezed it till the pips squeak! But I thought I couldn’t let it go without writing about yet another interesting plant … Continue reading

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An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles.

J.B.S. Haldane (a British geneticist and evolutionary biologist) was  asked by a group of theologians what he had learnt  about the Creator from the study of creation. Haldane, an atheist, is alleged to have replied “If one could conclude as to … Continue reading

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