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CollectionsYour library (3,687), Wishlist (9), Read but unowned (419), e-books (18), maps (13), All collections (4,145)

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TagsBotany (576), South Africa (489), History (487), England (378), ephemera (299), Tourism (298), guide (281), history (252), Cookery (247), Humour (233) — see all tags

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About meTHE PICTURE: Shows the Bookworm demonstrating the meaning of 'hospitus', from SAPPI What's in a Name. Picture (c) Bernice Porter (member Taliska).

About my libraryBotany books belong to both wife and self. Zoology guides are mostly daughter's. Cookery books belong to the whole family. Lace books are Better Half's. Books tagged Collecting are mine. Art and English language are (mostly) inherited from a deceased aunt.

GroupsCheese!, Cookbookers, Gardening, Hugotontheonbiquiffinarians, Real Ale (& Other Beers), Science!, The Green Dragon


Favorite bookstoresBargain Books, Kloof SPCA, Msasa Books, SANBI Bookshop

Favorite librariesHillcrest Library, Kloof Library, Mary Gunn Library

LocationDurban, South Africa

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Actually, there seemed to be quite a few for sale on Amazon - some for pennies (plus shipping, of course). I wonder if it's the same one you mentioned or just something similar....
Thank you for the help! I appreciate it! ~ L
If only I had a transporter! Those pictures and your comment about ships has made me think of Patrick O'Brian's books, and many other sailing books I've read. Thanks for that.
The book is here! I just had time to glance through it and I'm excited to read it. Great pictures for one thing. Wow, don't the soldiers look young at the beginning. I really appreciate you sending it to me.
Sorry, there's a link to all of the birthday are on the main group page. I'll link it here, too:

Thanks again!
Hah! Good to hear about the McFarlands' connection, Hugh! The clan was located in the Highlands. I bought a clan history at Urquhart Castle, and it had them located near Loch Lomond,which would fit where your Glen ancestor married his McFarland lassie.

By my name (Welch) you can tell the strain ain't pure. The last known whereabouts of my great-grandparents was Pilsdon, England, before they came over to the U.S. I grew up on Glendaloch Road in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which seemed appropriate after learning about this background.

Best wishes - Joe

P.S. We no longer steal cattle, as far as I know.
Hi Hugh,

I have come across one of the sets of booklets I knew I had from the Agencia Geral, but am still missing a book that I know I picked up at the same time in 1966. The set consists of seven booklets being the "Political and Administrative Statute" of each of the following provinces: Macau, Timor, Sao Tome e Principe, Mozambique, Cabo Verde, Guinea and Angola. The introduction of each explains that the Statutes were done under Law No. 2.119 of 24 June 1963 (Organic Law of the Overseas Provinces). The layout of each is the same with the following sections: I. General Provisions; II. Provincial Administration; III. Public Departments of the Province, IV. On Local Administration, V. The Financial System, and VI. General and Temporary Provisions.

The format is much the same for all of them - for example the Legislative Council of each is elected by the same 'organic' model followed in metropolitan Portugal under Salazar which itself followed the fascist model. However, the seat (or seats) reserved to 'be elected by taxpayers, private individuals, who are registered as paying' a certain minimum saw that minimum as 1,000 Escudos in all bar two of the provinces ... in Macao the figure was 2,000 and in Angola 15,000). Incidentally, these particular voters also got to have a vote for the seats reserved for those to 'be elected by direct suffrage'and may also have had other votes in the seats reserved for 'employer associations and associations of economic interests.'

Another standout was the reference in IV. in the booklet for Timor where (as with all the others) there is the listing of the districts of the province but then there is an additional clause: "The Administratiion of the province is empoered to institute the Districts of Liquica and Ainaro when circumstances in the province permit." I have been to Timor Leste and visited both Ainaro Liquica, and can't see why they would have been treated so separately in 1964. It is true that, under Indonesian occupation, these two particular areas were strongholds for Fretilin.

Another standout is in the opening Article of the booklet for Sao Tome and Principe which states: The province of Sao Tome e Principe comprises the islands of Sao Tome and Principe, the neighbouring islands, including Pedras Tinhosas and the former Fort of Sao Joao Baptista de Ajuda." That last mentioned Fort was in fact an enclave on the African mainland that was seized by the then state of Dahomey (now Benin) in 1961; so they obviously had not ceded the territory, much like they refused to do so with Goa, Diu and Damao following India's occupation of those three also in 1961.

All the best for Christmas and New Year.
Congratulations! Yay! :D
I forgot!
Will do it now.
I've been admiring your botany book collection. Is your Botanical Exploration book not yet available? I don't see it on amazon or

Are there other botanical/zoological libraries you can recommend? I'm very interested in botanical art and illustration. Thanks.
Thanks for the berg info. And you have very interesting cook books.

On the topic of travel and history and botany, etc., there's a book called "1421 - The Year China Discovered North America" or something like that that you and your family might be interested in. It goes into great detail about the huge ships China sent out to claim the world for the Emperor, lots of info about how the winds were used and what they took along with them, etc.
Well, I certainly did jump to a conclusion in the wrong direction didn't I? So where did the word "berg" come from? I love this LT thing - we can go around the world so fast and learn a lot (maybe not remember it, but learn it briefly).

I guess the Rockies do get such winds that drop moisture on the ocean side and roll dry down the other side. I think that is what they call the Chinooks - those are warm winds that turn winter into summer several times through the winter months. Two of my sisters and my brother live in Alberta and BC and they tell me about the Chinook melting everything there while I look out my window at 2 feet of snow packed down. However, if Alberta gets really cold stormy weather in winter, we know that we will be getting it a few days later - we in Ontario call that the Alberta Clipper!

It's interesting, isn't it, how the world works.
I got to know about them from YOU, Hugh, and very pleased I am to hear from you. I've never heard of them until I read your post. The closest description of winds here in the middle of the continent of North American is "lake effect winds", or more often "lake effect snow". Those aren't nearly so interesting as "berg winds". I guess berg winds aren't new to you.

Today with the heat and humidity we have, I'd love a bit of berg winds. One time the local paper had a picture of an ice berg in Colpoys Bay - that's the bay near us in the larger Georgian Bay of Lake Huron. However, that ice berg in Colpoys Bay was an April Fool joke. The killer whales they showed in Colpoys Bay were also a joke from another year, as were pictures of wild bears sitting politely in the back of a pickup truck parked on the main street of town. My husband fell for all of them.

I've read books about sailing down in the Roaring 40's, I'll have to look in the atlas to see if you're near those.
I've been feeling so gloomy and homesick for British Columbia, and then I receive this beautiful postcard from South Africa, from a kind friend and it was amazing how much better it made me feel. Thanks Hugh :-)

Got a lovely surprise in the mail yesterday - a postcard from South Africa! Many many thanks!

Wow! That is a slightly scary price! I do have some friends who might be interested, so I'll pass the ordering information along. Happy Reading! (and Writing!) --Emma
That sounds so amazing! Will it be on sale to the general public?
¡Hola! :D

My synesthesia is of the lexical-gustatory variety, meaning I taste the names of words. That sounds really weird, doesn't it? :P~ So pure sound, per se, well, doesn't have a special quality for me, other than being annoying or pleasant. In fact, I've realized that I'm much more annoyed/startled by noise (such as a high-pitched vuvuzela, heh, or a very low drone) than people around me. And I wonder if that has to do with me being a synesthete.

Does this answer your question? :)
Don't know about the cheese book. It hasn't been released yet! It's still only on my wishlist.

Thanks for the info. How can I tell if the pods are ripe? The plants are all still green, but the blossoms have been gone for over a month. Should I snip the pods off now or wait for the plants to wither? They remind me of rose hips! I don't want any animals to come eat them.


My Tulips and my Bluebells both have things that look like they could be seed pods on them! Is that what they are? Can I plant those and get even more Tulips and Bluebells?

Awwww, thanks! Best song all day! :) --Miss W
It happened because there were no spaces at all in there.
You're welcome!
I'm glad I could figure out what was causing it.
I think it's the comment from Taliska posted on Jul 25, 2008 ... Try just archiving that one and see if it works.
Why is your profile so wide?
Thanks Hugh, good luck to Melissa and you and your family too. If you ever come to Ottawa on a conference or anything please let me know. I'd love to meet for a coffee or something. And one of my biggest comforts these days is that even though I'm moving away from my friends here in Courtenay, I'm not moving away from my friends in the Green Dragon/LibraryThing - you're all coming with me (or vise versa) :-)

Take care,
I'm not sure where she is but in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) which is the largest metropolitan area in the state it's been relatively mild temp wise (40's F) and cloudy and will continue to be so for the next week. It's been cloudy and I could really use some sun. There is still snow on the ground. More melts every day though. Minnesota is not for the faint of heart winter-wise.

Thank you! I'm going to look around and see if I can find a copy.
Are you ready to give tours with the "new" 4x4?
Thanks very much! It's good to know us South Africans are also represented- especially in the Fantasy groups :)
Thank you for the warm welcome! I knew the Green Dragon was the place for me the moment I started lurking on... I mean, reading the Welcome thread. Whereabouts in SA are you based? I'm in the fairest Cape :)
Thanx for checkin in :)

I slept on the couch in front of the air con so didnt feel it too badly, but the kittens thought that sleeping in the lounge meant play time so they had to be locked in the other end of the house, i think being locked away from me bothered them more than the heat tho, lol.

I'm hoping this was just annother heat wave & not an indication of what the rest of summer's gonna be like!

Its a much comfier 23C today :)
PS - Oh, I see some second-hand copies of Wild flowers are available here.
Fancy that!
A google search for Wild flowers of the Natal Drakensberg by W.R.Trauseld brought me here (I am a member too!). My grandfather is the author of this book! He worked for the Natal Parks Board, started Tendele Camp at Royal Natal, and was a avid hiker, photographer and amateur botanist (at least, I don't think he had any formal qualifications - will check with my mom). In the last little while, a full twenty years after he passed away, I have discovered a love of walking and a keen interest in flowers! This evening, as I've been putting up wild flower pics up on my blog - - I've been thinking of my grandfather, and they small way I'm taking up his interests. I don't have a copy of this book, so should you ever wish to sell it, please let me know! Kind regards, Helen
Thank you for your birthday greeting yesterday in GD. It was greatly appreciated.

Just calling in to say I haven't forgot about you but the people that I need to ask is still on vacation. But - response is coming, sooner or later!
I just sent you a friend request because when I looked at my "Mexico One Plate at a Time" cookbook it showed you as listing it in your catalogue, but you weren't in my "Friends who have this book" section, and that seemed sad! :) Anyway, I just finished reading it and gave it a high review. It seems to me to have the essence of Mexican cooking, but makes it practical for the home cook. For the most part. I liked it for its techniques and lessons more than anything.
Hi again,

I don't know if you are able to read Dutch, but there are some good sources here (both English and Dutch).
The Cornell tutorial (first link at English sources) is very good, and so are the other links (especially the DCC and DPC have much information available). The LOCKSS program is also good to get to know:

Hope this gets you started,

There are several papers and systems that can help take away the fear of the fleetingness of digital objects. Yes, they will be gone in decades (or more precisely in about 5 years) if you do nothing. But we are doing something, and especially with regards to research publications and journals there are many institutions worldwide who realize the importance of keeping them forever. Will it help if I find you a couple of introductory papers with regards to digital preservation of journals? You are always welcome to ask questions, and I will be happy to help (or try to find someone who can help).
Kind regards,
Hi, I saw your comments about archival strength publishing in the Happy/Unhappy thread. I work in digital preservation, and I might have some tips, or could point you to some institutions that might be able to help (national archives and national libraries are always good). I would also like to point you to PDF/A as a robust format, which when combined with metadata in XML can be good for preservation. I think it even allows for enhanced publications (embedded video etc.) but I'll have to check if you really want to know. My organization also work with several publishers with regards to long term storage, maybe I can get some information there, if needed. Anyway, I hope this helps!

Hi, I see some of our cold and rain is heading your way. Hope its milder for you than it was for us. Am currently freezing. It snowed on the mountains today.
Thank you!

It rained very heavily the whole day. Luckily we live against a hill and the water can flow away, but we went on a drive late this afternoon to look around and everything was flooded in the lower laying areas. Rivers and streams have flooded. Some roads are impassable or under water. It is the worst I've seen it. I won't be surprised if some of the townships here are declared disaster areas.
Thanks, Hugh!

The site all of a sudden dispayed my group topics in alphabetical instead of chronological order. I tried logging out and in again, but that did not help. In the middle of panicing (after I posted my Help-thread), I tried a link again and suddenly everything was back to normal again. Probably a LT bug. Just hope it doesn't happen again, becouse it is near impossible knowing what's going on if you have to wade through hundreds of threads (a lot of them dormant).

I see you've added Janny Wurts's Curse of the Mistwraith. Have you read it yet? I can really recommend it. It's one of my favourite series.

How's the weather in Durban? Are you guys freezing like the rest of the country? Weather in Cape Town was absolutely lovely today.


Hi!!! *waves*

I see you added The Well of Lost Plots. :D I've yet to read it, I've only read the first two in the series but I'm itching to buy all the rest. The Eyre Affair took a little while to grow on me (only because it was kind of complicated, as I'm not very familiar with UK culture as opposed to US culture), but I was hooked by Lost in a Good Book. I was literally lost in a good book! :D I love the series. What's your opinion of it? (Well, seeing as you already have the third book, I'd say it's a good opinion but I had to ask :P)
So, I finally found the de florum cultura, in Latin, and whaddayaknow, it's on googlebooks:

Just thought you might be interested,
Sorry it took me so long to get back to you! Here is the recipe:

Gingerbread and Lemon Curd Trifle with Blackberry Sauce by Bobby Flay

For the gingerbread:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (packed) brown sugar
3 eggs
1 cup molasses
1 cup boiling water
2 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a half-sheet pan or large jellyroll pan. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients in a bowl. Mix in crystallized ginger. In a large bowl, beat the butter until fluffy. Beat in brown sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Gradually beat in molasses, followed by 1 cup boiling water. Mix in grated lemon peel. Gradually mix in dry ingredients. Spread batter in prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool and cut into 1-inch cubes.

For the lemon curd filling:
2 (11-ounce) jars prepared lemon curd
2 cups heavy cream, sweetened with sugar and vanilla, beaten to soft peaks

Place lemon curd in a large bowl. Fold in half of the whipped cream until combined. Reserve remaining whipped cream for the top of the trifle.

For the blackberry sauce:
2 pints fresh blackberries, or 1 bag frozen blackberries, thawed (I use blueberries for this)
1/4 cup sugar
Pinch salt
2 tablespoons framboise (raspberry liqueur)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Place blackberries, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan and cook until the berries are soft and the sugar has melted. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour through a strainer into a bowl. Stir in the framboise and lemon juice.

To assemble the trifle:
In a trifle bowl, start with an even layer of gingerbread cubes, top with 1/3 of the lemon curd mixture, and 1/3 of the blackberry sauce. Repeat 2 more times. Top with remaining whipped cream. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.
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