White poppies history

poppyWoke up early at the beach hut on Saturday to find myself a stranger in a strange land To explain: a new bank of umbellifers (I think) has swamped the southern border, with the silver birch and blue cedar almost disappearing under a 5ft wall of white pollen. The rugosa, too, was struggling in lush growth. The woodpile nearly obliterated by a nettle forest. But the biggest shock was along the southern wall, where a few poppy tufts are now a giant hydra-headed hedge!

Scarlet-haired poppy head

All-too easily and predicably I became obsessed with the poppies. You see, my Devon childhood was suffused with cornfields peppered with tiny poppies, too small and too quick to drop their bloodstained petals to pick.poppy e Gorgia O'Keefe poppy porn

These saturated scarlets were a Georgia O'Keefe painting run riot. The heavy, hairy buds hung in the air like so many scrotal sacs. But it was when the buds split that the real awakening happened. Like a monstrous butterfly silkily emerging from its pupa, they sensuously unfold until the black mascara'd centre, like a burlesque singer's midnight make-up, stands surrounded by the reddest papery-est petals I have ever stood and stared at for, oh, hours on end.

Someone please remind me of the name of this flower?

If this all sounds too top-shelf, the cycle trips into town, with swooning crested 'peewit' lapwings, and the sound of the skylarks, the sight of the trembling hour-old foals, riding past the endemic lilac hedges, on through the heady banks of crimson rugosa that line the beach path was a much more wholesome experience.

Sunlit early morning toadstool poppy bloom shroom

Obama Moves to Protect Rich Afghan Minerals

2010-06-14 22:10:34 by 2Tones

Obama Moves to Protect Rich Afghan Mineral Deposits
(2010-06-14) — Vast riches of minerals, perhaps exceeding $1 trillion, lie under the surface of war-torn Afghanistan, Pentagon officials now say, and the White House today announced a plan to protect those subterranean resources from “rapacious capitalists who would rip them from the earth just to make a profit.”
Pentagon sources said the iron, copper, gold, cobalt and lithium could provide the foundation for a thriving economy in a nation that has largely relied on opium trade.
However, the White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the Obama administration would “oppose any attempt to scar the landscape of those majestic mountains in order to feed the public’s craving for lithium batteries, and Glenn Beck’s...


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