This looks like a regular house until you get to the basement and I hope whoever buys it invites us all to the housewarming to try some special Amontillado.
I'm not sure which variation of hydrangea this is, but the colours are gorgeous and look like dyed silk. #florespondence
Dracula Daily, August 4
Forgive me, but I thought the editor's headline for today was a Pagliacci joke at first.
Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed. Says the sea seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels like he is drifting toward terrible doom. Wonders how he is to account for all these horrors when he gets to port. Doctor says, "Treatment is simple. Great Captain is on the Demeter tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up." Man bursts into tears. Says, "But doctor…I am Captain."
Forgot to mention that it's a Pied Butterfly Bat, also sometimes known as the Superb Butterfly Bat or Badger Bat. Since badgers are nocturnal too, that's a fun association.
And it's a member of the family Vespertilionidae, which in itself is a lovely name for nocturnal animals.
Update: Went to get popsicles to help make the heat more tolerable today, and the flowers were still there. The really beautiful thing about them is that the colour is so variable depending on the light. They have a deep purplish wine cast in this picture, but in the shade outdoors they looked violet on the bottom of the petals. #florespondence
I kind of regret not buying the black calla lilies at the grocery store this morning, but they were a bit pricy if it turned out they were only annuals and not perennials and my hands were too full to pull my phone out and look it up. (They're perennials, and I might go back if it cools down tonight.)
The recording and captions of my #SummerSchool talk on Soseono, the Korean queen from 1st century B.C., is available for viewing and download! https://u.pcloud.link/publink/show?code=Vos The captions are auto-generated and will be edited to become an actual transcript.
The document I wrote up for the presentation is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l0DxDckpD_79Kk9BqcbNhtWmCaIcyLmwRX3NUVU6VbI/edit?usp=sharing
I took a picture of this plant so I could run it through a plant identifier app, because my mind just would not access the words cockscomb/celosia/amaranth, and kept going with "Worm on a string plant! Worm on a string plant!" (Brb, buying white sugar button cake decorations that have a black dot on them, because googly eyes aren't biodegradable.) #florespondence
Dracula Daily, July 20 (light spoilers if you don't know who Dracula attacks later)
Seward, the protagonist of a rejected Decemberists song:
- turned down by a beautiful but doomed girl
- throws himself into work at the lunatic asylum
- elements of a folk tale
- tempted to condone murder hoping that the glory of scientific discovery will heal his broken heart
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