The Open Gyre

Prudentia, mother of all virtues. Nottingham.

Matthew (10:16), “Be wise (prudentes) as serpents.”

Prudentia, mother of all virtues. Nottingham.

Matthew (10:16), “Be wise (prudentes) as serpents.”

Back home from Switzerland: I was suffering from a cold today so instead of going for a walk during my lunch break I just sat on a rock in the middle of Labyrinth Spinney. The air was cool and softly scented with earth and green things. Two wrens flitted back and forth beneath the swags of ivy.

Back home from Switzerland: I was suffering from a cold today so instead of going for a walk during my lunch break I just sat on a rock in the middle of Labyrinth Spinney. The air was cool and softly scented with earth and green things. Two wrens flitted back and forth beneath the swags of ivy.

The saint depicted in my post of 6th September turns out, I think, to be St Clare of Assisi; as can be identified from the fact that she is holding a monstrance and also from the presence of her statue in a Franciscan church.

A monstrance is used for displaying the Eucharistic host and interestingly the receptacle for the host within the monstrance is called the ‘luna’ or ‘lunette’.

This fellow lies in full view beneath a large painting in one of the sub-chapels of the Franziskanerkirche, Luzern but is easy to miss amongst all the baroque decoration.

This fellow lies in full view beneath a large painting in one of the sub-chapels of the Franziskanerkirche, Luzern but is easy to miss amongst all the baroque decoration.

Woke up about 5am and spent half-an-hour watching the stars. Orion was astride the middle of the sky with the Pleiades (Seven Sisters - pictured) high up above. (Photo credit: ESO/S.Brunier)

Woke up about 5am and spent half-an-hour watching the stars. Orion was astride the middle of the sky with the Pleiades (Seven Sisters - pictured) high up above. (Photo credit: ESO/S.Brunier)