Friday, 16 May 2008

A question of identity

Possibly Cynoglossum cheirifolium
Our recent visit to Andalucia in April introduced us to lots of plants and animals we had never seen before. Identifying them from the photos we took is proving hard work. I think I've tracked more one down this evening after extensive Google and Wikipedia searches - Cynoglossum cheirifolium [photo above] - but, not being a botanist, I still harbour doubts. Anyway, to this botanical beginner it's a very pretty plant* with furry silver leaves and beautiful deep red flowers.

And it's not just wildflowers... have you tried identifying moths? Very difficult. But I know a man who can.

* Note added on May 27th: 'a very pretty plant' is a gross understatement. What a wonderful and sexy combination of colour and texture! I love this plant and its photo is my aide memoire to a very special place.

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Kopi Luwak

Things I didn't know before today: I received a newsletter from Algerian Coffee Stores this morning. One of the items was about Kopi Luwak coffee.

"Most of you must have heard of Kopi Luwak, Kopi being the Indonesian word for coffee and Luwak the indigenous animal who feasts on ripe coffee cherries.

These animals eat, digest and eventually excrete the cherries. Locals gather the beans, which come through the digestion process fairly intact still wrapped in layers of the coffee cherry mucilage.

Apparently the enzymes in the stomach of the animal add something unique to the coffee's flavour through fermentation. Some people even say it's an aphrodisiac and it is now the world's priciest speciality coffee! We will have some in by the end of May, packed in a 250g bag, multipurpose ground @ £15.99"

Can you imagine the 'foodies' dinner party where this coffee is served up?

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Where have I been all these years?

I can't believe that I've only recently discovered Moondog. He is the springhead for the whole minimalist music movement - Glass, Reich, (who appear on this CBS album) Adams, Tiersen - which I have been devouring for the last ten years. How come I missed Moondog? Better late than never.

PS. Thanks to Dave B for lending the Moondog LP.
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