Monthly Archives: August 2008

Greater Spotted Woodpecker; Dendrocopos major; Större hackspett

Picus and Circe

Last times post about woodpeckers got me thinking about the story of Picus and Circe. It’s part of The Metamorphoses the great work of the Roman poet Ovid. In fifteen volumes it is one of the great works of classical mythology. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was obviously inspired by it’s tale of Pyramus and Thisbe. The same Pyramus and Thisbe performed by the troupe of guildsmen for the Duke of Athens in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Here is my take on the story of Picus and Circe. The tale is told by one of Odysseus’s men


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Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica, ladusvala

August at Alledal

After so long an absence, almost a month, there’s so much to mention I don’t know where to begin. Actually that’s not true, being English I always begin with the weather, which has been gloriously hot. For the last fortnight we’ve had temperatures in the low thirties [degrees centigrade]. It’s been so hot that in an afternoon it’s been necessary to retire to the shade with copious amounts of cold drinks. The gelato machine has never done so much work but who can complain about such weather.


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