"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)


The Liturgy Of The Hours: Vigils


A full moon lights the way to vigils.

Requiem Introit

Grant them eternal rest, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
A hymn becomes you, O God, in Zion,
and to you shall a vow be repaid in Jerusalem.
Hear my prayer;
to you shall all flesh come.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.

Picture taken on the way to 4:00am Vigils, at Southern Star Abbey, Kopua Monastery. New Zealand

Music Of The Spheres

Walking home yesterday just after sunset, it was difficult to keep my eyes from the intriguing little dance which Jupiter, Venus and our moon are performing:

Evening temperatures are a gentle 28° C. (82° F.)
I didn’t need a coat!


Picture taken from my front yard, around 7 pm.
Music clip features the theme tune of The Sky at Night, a documentary series which has run since 1957 on BBC Television .



Daylight and Moonlight by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


In broad daylight, and at noon,

Yesterday I saw the moon

Sailing high, but faint and white,

As a schoolboy’s paper kite.

In broad daylight, yesterday,

I read a poet’s mystic lay;

And it seemed to me at most

As a phantom, or a ghost.


But at length the feverish day

Like a passion died away,

And the night, serene and still,

Fell on village, vale, and hill.

Then the moon, in all her pride,

Like a spirit glorified,

Filled and overflowed the night

With revelations of her light.

And the Poet’s song again

Passed like music through my brain;

Night interpreted to me

All its grace and mystery.




Harvest Moon

Yesterday gave rise to a harvest moon




Photos from BBC News