Mormon Hermaphrodite

Just hatched at the puparium in the Natural History Museum, London: a gynandromorph Papilio Memnon (great mormon) has been born who is, literally, half male and half female. The Museum states that: Insects can become gynandromorphs if the sex chromosomes do not properly separate during the first division of a … Continue reading

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Mount Tibrogargan

Took an afternoon yesterday, in the crisp, clear winter air, to walk the Trachyte Circuit at Mount Tibrogargan. A warming two-hours strolling through eucalypt and melaleuca forest, casuarina groves, woodland and heathland. The path is flat and largely flat, compacted clay and sandy soil. A pleasure to walk. Unfortunately, the … Continue reading

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Avoir un coeur d’artichaut

One at a time, prepare the artichokes as follows: Remove the stem by bending it at the base of the artichoke until it snaps off, thus detaching with the stem any tough filaments which may have pushed up into the heart. Break off the small leaves at the base of … Continue reading

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April Means … Porridge

This morning, it was cool enough – after a weekend of drizzling rain, including a blissful Sunday afternoon by the fire – to break out the oats. There’s something wonderfully satisfying about the first bowl of porridge for the year. The winter veges are planted, the grass has stopped growing … Continue reading

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