Giant Sloth Food

If you did biology at school, you will know how seeds are naturally propagated by wind, water, birds and animals. Thus a tree fruits in a garden, a bird comes along and eats the fruit, seeds and all. Bird flies away, poops out the seed and a new tree grows — far away from the original.

Avocado
Avocado

I love avocado, perfectly ripe, the flesh evenly coloured with no brown, and slightly deeper green close to the skin. But that seed always makes me smile, it is so obba dobba*, for want of a better description. How on earth do they propagate naturally? Well in this day and age they don’t. Avocados are grown by humans, for human consumption. I recently found this video on YouTube:

The giant sloths that ate the avocados, and carried the seed, were something like this but with more flesh:

Megatherium Americanum
Giant Ground Sloth – Megatherium Americanum

Apparently along with a few other prehistoric fruits, avocados are an evolutionary anachronism.  This is explained  in the video, and in much more detail in The Ghosts of Evolution by Connie Barlow

Ghosts of Evolution
Ghosts of Evolution

Sadly it is not available on Kindle, but I shall be getting a copy. I love stories like this. As for avocado, I will appreciate it even more. After all, in consuming this delicious fruit I am following in the gigantic footsteps of those hip ground sloths who last walked this earth around 11000 years ago.

*obba dobba is a family word that we use to describe things that are rounded and funky and kind of larger than life… :)

The Card Dealer

Since I first sang the Christmas carol: In the Bleak Midwinter,  I fell in love with the words of Christina Rossetti. Later, while studying art at grammar school, I fell in love with the paintings of her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. I recently discovered a wonderful Rossetti Archive online,  which is dedicated to his work. While browsing through the a book of Rossetti’s poems, I came across a poem by Dante entitled  The Card Dealer. Dante’s poem was inspired by the painting shown below, a work by a 19th century British artist, Theodore Van Holst. The painting is entitled The Wish, but has also become known as The Card Dealer after the title of Dante’s poem.

As I am studying writing, art and the Tarot, I had to share these finds here.  You will be hearing more from me on the Rossetti siblings…

“The Fortune-Teller” (1840) by Theodore von Holst
“The Fortune-Teller” (1840) by Theodore von Holst

Copyright: Browne, Theodor Von Holst, 102

The Card Dealer by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Card Dealer by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Card Dealer by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Card Dealer by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Card Dealer by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Card Dealer by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. Poems: A New Edition. London: Strangeways, 1881

Lesson from My Life #10

There can never be too much love
the best hours are dawn and dusk
learn to love avocado as soon as you can
If you wake, wanting to fly to a strange land
trust yourself and book that flight
before you change your mind
face fear, and laugh
happiness is as close as a smile
short hair is just wrong
age is beautiful
burn candles often
and have bonfires
celebrate morning
plant tree’s
listen to children
they have wisdom we have forgotten
learn that when things go wrong
they are just signposts
pointing you in the right direction
buy at least one set of
Egyptian cotton sheets
have the biggest bed you can
even if you are only 5’2”
take time to sleep alone
play guitar to your pets goats
by moonlight
swim in the sea and the rivers
stand under waterfalls
drink only freshly ground coffee
buy good olive oil
walk on the beach in a storm
never be afraid to be who you are
say I love you as soon as you know
live your passion
for all we have is now…..

Green #9

Perfectly ripe avocado
topped with
red lush tomatoes
and pungent just picked basil

Willows laced with pale leaf
soon to become
alive with autumn flame

Fresh prunings
on the bonfire
drying golden in the sun
ready to blaze

My heart
before we met
and passion
became my master