01/27 We’re back in Texas and “I’m in a Lone Star State of mind”*. We’re back on our ranch in the Hill Country. I may not sound much like a Texan, but I’m a Texan by Choice. Afterall, it is here that my North American adventure began. * Lyrics by Koller/Alger/Griffith/Williams Our first morning on […]Read more "Returning to the Lone Star State"
Remember Puriscal? Which we have yet to visit? Those twinkling lights that tease us across the valley every night (see post ‘To Puriscal or not’)? It looks just as tempting in sunlight! But since we have to leave for the US in four day’s time, this shot from our terrace will be the only impressions […]Read more "Carthage – with and without Hannibal"
Lepidoptera – Hesperiidae – Endaminae – Phocides sp., Hübner 1819 ‘Skipper butterfly’ The skipper’s metamorphosis did not succeed. My little misguided butterfly didn’t tolerated the forced move into a new and strange hatchery. Well, I couldn’t very well leave it stuck between door and frame either!Read more "No More Skippers between the Olives"
It arrived today! long awaited and almost given up for lost. In early December I bemoaned and lamented the lack of Dominosteine, Zimtsterne and Contessa Lebkuchen, not to mention my great favorite, Marzipan, to my friend, contemporary and fellow sufferer of a convent education, Patrizia, Italian Mistress of Filologia Tedesca e delle Arti. I just […]Read more "Ho Ho Ho – sólo un poco tarde!"
but I should send out a quick ‘hallo’, since I’ve stopped communicating almost entirely with my near and dear. Not because there’s an emergency or some other awful occurrence, but because there’s just plain too much going on – period. On the other hand it feels somewhat strange to talk to you, as if I […]Read more "Not much to report,"
We’ve been exceedingly busy lately. In an attempt to achieve a lasting balance between all three of my favorite home countries, we’re going to fly back to Austin in a couple of weeks, to allow me to apply for the privilege of a United States Citizenship. While we’re away, we want to rent our home […]Read more "Trying to raise a misguided butterfly in a stuffed olive jar…"