Some Sabine views and news

At the Sabine Farm some things are going on.

First, I got bags of lemons and avocados on sale.  They make an interesting still.

It is very much winter here.

Off to the mail box in the evening.

In the mail some interesting things arrived today.

First, my new copy of the Ordo for the Vatican Basilica.  Sometimes useful.

Then, Mr. UPS came with a box full of some Say the Black Do the Red items I will give as Christmas presents.

I got some coffee mugs, little buttons, and a T-shirt for myself to see the quality and use it for workouts.

Here is how they are packaged.

And unfurled.

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  1. Joaquín says:

    uh, I want one of those t-shirts!

  2. Flambeaux says:


    What is your opinion of the quality of the t-shirts?

  3. Kazimer says:

    Excellent Sabine post ~ great stuff!

  4. TTM says:

    “Father, Father, some of those lemons at the front look a little past it…”

  5. Roland de Chanson says:

    You are an excellent photographer.

  6. JL says:

    Does this mean there will be guacamole in your near future?

  7. pelerin says:

    Love the name ‘Roland de Chanson’ – always makes me smile. There are so many very clever names on these blogs. (Apologies if it is your real name but I do doubt it!) And yes Fr Z seems to be a very giftd photographer – the snowy scenes are magnificent.

  8. michiganseminarian says:

    I don’t know why but it just looks like Michigan. It could be anywhere, but it looks like Michigan.

  9. Roland de Chanson says:


    My name really is Roland but the “de Chanson” is just a whimsical take on the “Chanson de Roland.” I like your nom de combox as well – “Pilgrim.”

    I like the wintry scenes Fr. Z. has photographed — they would make great background images for the desktop or Christmas cards. I especially liked the one of the chapel at dusk he had a couple of days ago.

    It’s a pity that our Horace didn’t have a machina photographica digitalis at his Sabine farm.`

  10. Lori Ehrman says:

    Father, I might want a handful of those buttons. Do they have taser abilities with remote access? [How I wish….] One might be able to “shock” obedience into a priest or two… My mind must still be a bit warped. Yesterday I reread Franz Kafka’s Penal Colony. I can see “Say the Black, Do the Red” as a commandment being etched upon someone.

  11. Flambeaux: I got the heavier of the two choices of T-shirt and it is pretty good. I don’t know what the lighter one is like. What surprised me a little is that on the mug there is a black outline around the red letters, just as I desired. That is not the case on the T-shirt. Maybe I need to double-check the graphic I uploaded for that. Anyone have any opinions?

    I like the black outline.

    All in all, I am very pleased with the quality of the mugs. The bold and bright letters against the white, and their size, make an impression.

    The little buttons are fun, too! I haven’t seen larger ones yet.

  12. TTM: “Father, Father, some of those lemons at the front look a little past it…”

    Well… I am a couple thousand miles from where they are grown, and it is winter, and they were on sale.

    But I can assure you they are juicy and useful.

    I used a couple for my roast chicken last night and I squeezed a bit into my sauce for the pasta just the brighten it up a little rather than using salt.

    The nice lemony chicken with the rosemary turned out fairly well.  I also sauteed some mushrooms.  The potatoes were done in the Roman manner in the oven with olive oil and rosemary.  I have a huge bush of the stuff wintering in the house, you see.  I use it a lot.

  13. Flambeaux says:

    I like the outlined red lettering.

    Thanks for the review of the t-shirt, Father.

    This is on my list of things to buy when I next replace tshirts.

    And that chicken and pasta looks wonderful.

  14. mbd says:

    Perhaps TTM does not know what an avocado looks like.

  15. mbd: Didn’t think of that.

  16. padre says:

    Where can I get a copy of the Ordo for the Vatican Basilica? (Could not find on Vatican Bookstore, only the general ordo.)

  17. Mike B. says:

    Winter is a beautiful time indeed.

    Gee, Father, if you had the time I hire you as a chef!



  18. Connie says:

    Fr. Z, would you please let us know the name of the diocese into which you are incardinated and also what your canonical assignment is? Just wondering! Happy Advent!

  19. TTM says:

    > “Perhaps TTM does not know what an avocado looks like.

    Or at least it’s what I would’ve said (minus quotation) if I didn’t ;-))

    Father, you have the best Catholic food ‘blog I know. Mmmm…

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