Harmonia axyridis et alia

Harmonia axyridis is bugging me.

Synchronistically, I was exploring the concept of geocaching bugs and notice, much to my annoyance, harmonia axyridis making its way onto my screen and not as a software sort of "bug" either. They are disturbing the harmony of the Sabine Farm today, though not in a gravely serious way, I must admit. The Sabine Farm house is pretty much sarta et tecta, though one room upstair continues to be a slight problem. Still, many thousands of the pesky things are out in force today, since the day is nearly perfect, bright, sunny and warm.

The apples on the chapel apple tree are among the most delicious I have ever tasted and in huge abundance. Does it get better than that?

They are nearly in all respects like the magnificent Haralson.

A pie was produced in the Sabine kitchen a couple days ago when preparing a supper for a couple guests. After our Bombay Sapphire martinis on the deck, the first course was ravioli in butter with sage with a little white truffle. I chose my last bottle *sigh* of 1998 Chateaux Carbonnieux for that. The main consisted of filet migon wrapped and skewered with prosciutto and grilled with lemon and olive oil. We had some broccoli with a hybrid sauce similar to hollandaise into which I blended a bit of horseradish. I hauled out a magnum of 1999 Barnwood Zinfandel which was, frankly, amazing. Dessert was the abovementioned apple pie onto which topcrust I carmelized sugar. Darkly roasted Sumatra coffee came afterward and some Chambord. Nobody wanted a cigar. The conversation: mostly the interesting topic of whether or not people who are ignorant of things having to do with the Faith have an easier time getting to heaven, as opposed to the well-informed Catholic.

I am now off to the library to return my interlibrary loan volumes of St. Ambrose’s Exposition of the Gospel of Luke which was lacking to my Sabine library. They have me served well.

And no, I don’t know what axyridis means. It might come from the Greek for "blunt".

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5 Responses to Harmonia axyridis et alia

  1. JPSonnen says:

    Sounds like it was a nice meal! Reminds me of the “old days” at Agnes. P.S. A week ago on Saturday I was in Velletri for a Tridentine Rite Nuptial Mass at the parish of the Padri Cappuccini. It was really nice (an Italian family). I remembered that you had rebuilt a church there that had been destroyed during the last great war. I would have loved to have seen it. Where is it exactly?

  2. JPSonnen: It was the Church of S. Pietro e Bartolomeo, about half way up the hill on the way to the Comune.

  3. Father: Expect to see more of the Asian Ladybug Beetles.
    There are a lot of them
    this year. Rejoice! You may have found a connection to Our Lady in this month
    of the Holy Rosary. Ladybug Beetles are a member of the Coccinellidae family
    of beetles. Some scientists believe the “lady” in the name is a reference
    to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    Bombay Sapphire Gin is also my gasoline of choice.

  4. Rob says:

    “… and when you plant your Mary Garden, let’s hope some of “Our Lady’s Birds” — ladybugs, named for Mary
    when, according to medieval legend, they miraculously came to save crops from aphids — come to protect your
    plants! The red color of the “Lady Beetle’s” body is symbolic of her red cloak, and the 7 black spots found
    on some species in Europe represent her 7 Sorrows. Lady Bugs are almost universally considered symbols of
    “good luck” because of the benefits they bring to man. 2 You might want to pray to St. Fiacre, patron of
    gardeners, for God to send some of these critters your way…”

    from the FishEaters website, http://www.fisheaters.com/marygardens.html

  5. Rob: I don’t think you get this. I don’t have a problem with Lady Bugs. I have a problem with Harmonia axyridis .