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summer haiku – a flash of lightning = un seul éclair
 
a flash of lightning
thunder rumbles in the sky
the sweet scent of rain




un seul éclair
le tonnerre gronde dans le ciel
le parfum de la pluie

Régis Auffray

translated into French/ traduit en français par Richard Vallance 

spring haiku – HRH Argentée = SAR Argentée


spring haiku – HRH Argentée = SAR Argentée

HRH Argentée
on her forest path  –
queen of trilliums




SAR Argentée
sur son sentier forestier  –
la reine des trilles

Richard Vallance

HRH Argentée, my gorgeous Maine Coon mix, died on March 14 2019, just one month short of her 16th. birthday. She walked on a leash all over Ottawa and the Gatineaux Hills some 1,200 times in her life. Her ashes box is inscribed, Libre Esprit (Free Spirit). I miss her terribly!

SAR Argentée, ma Maine Coon mixte super belle, est morte le 14 mars 2019, seulement un mois avant son 16ìeme anniversaire. Elle marchait au moins 1.200 fois à la laisse pendant se vie à Ottawa et parmi les Collines du Gatineax. Sa boîte funéraire est inscrite, Libre Esprit. Elle me manque tellement. 


summer haiku – are you flowers = êtes-vous des fleurs

are these flowers
or an alien face?
see with your own eyes 




êtes-vous des fleurs
ou un visage extraterrestre ?
vois avec tes yeux
 
Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – a deer and her fawn = la biche et son faon

a deer and her fawn
on the river heights –
no wolves in sight 




la biche et son faon
sur l’éminence du fleuve –
pas de loups en vue

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – the pigeon’s shadow = l’ombre du pigeon

the pigeon’s shadow
on scorching concrete...
footsies ow ow!

l’ombre du pigeon
sur le béton brûlant ...
ses pieds ouille !




Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – in the cold fog = dans le brouillard froid

who is rowing
in the cold fog?
a revenant? 




qui rame
dans le brouillard froid ?
un revenant ?

Richard Vallance

painting by Anne Packard


Ancientfoods

An international team has analyzed eight prehistoric individuals, including the first genome-wide data from a 15,000-year-old Anatolian hunter-gatherer, and found that the first Anatolian farmers were direct descendants of local hunter-gatherers. These findings provide support for archaeological evidence that farming was adopted and developed by local hunter-gatherers, rather than being introduced by a large movement of people from another area. Interestingly, the study also indicates a pattern of genetic interactions with neighboring groups.

Source: First Anatolian farmers were local hunter-gatherers that adopted agriculture

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Ancientfoods

New scientist.com

By Michael Le Page

Did ancient Egyptian children compete to see who could spit seeds the furthest as they ate watermelons? It seems likely, because thanks to some DNA detective work we now know for sure that the ancient Egyptians ate domesticated watermelons with sweet, red flesh.

The wild watermelons found in parts of Africa are nothing like the domesticated varieties. They are small, round and have white flesh with a very bitter taste due to compounds called cucurbitacins. There’s long been debate about when and where they were domesticated, with some suggesting it took place in south Africa or west Africa.

However, pictures on the walls of at least three ancient Egyptian tombs depict what look like watermelons – including one that looks strikingly like modern varieties (pictured below). And in the 19th century, watermelon leaves were found placed on a mummy in a tomb dating…

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summer haiku d’été – lazy ole’ lynx = lynx paresseux

lazy ole’ lynx
lollin’ in the grass –
it ain’t catnip but...




lynx paresseux
qui se prélasse dans l’herbe  –
l’herbe aux chats ? non, mais ...

Richard Vallance


funny senryu rigolo – keep calm = reste calme

keep calm
and be a lynx  – 
I am




reste calme
et sois un lynx
comme moi

Richard Vallance


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via The Acropolis Museum and the return of the Parthenon Sculptures: Back to the future – The Archaeology News Network

FOR THOSE OF YOU INTERESTED IN THE RETURN OF THE PARTHENON MARBLES PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT ON YOUR THOUGHTS HERE ON MY BLOG. tHANK YOU.

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funny Japanese autumn haiku, not the frog again!  – haiku rigolo japonais d’automne, pas encore la grenouille ! 

in the cold pond
the frog croaks his last – 
and croaks *

* The English pun cannot be replicated in French.




dans l’étang froid
la grenouille coasse... la fin – 
elle est morte *

* Le jeu de mots en anglais ne se reproduit pas en français. De toute façon, ça reste comique !

Richard Vallance  

senryu – rummaging = ils fourragent


senryu – rummaging = ils fourragent

rummaging
through the dump –
starving polar bears




maigres ils fourragent
parmi la décharge –
les ours polaires

Richard Vallance



autumn haiku d’autumn - cold rain = la pluie froide

cold rain
splattered on the window - 
our cosy hearth




la fenêtre
éclaboussée de pluie froide -
le foyer chaud

Richard Vallance

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knossos-throne

With not a few global friends, I share the aim of bringing Minoan ways and values into our living. With a 2000-year record of successful civilization (not to mention their longer positive influences), Minoans should be the starting-point among the ancestral teachers we choose for building the future.

I’d like to suggest how central the Minoans’ sense of time was to their success. So, for thinking forward, here is a survey of recent evidences for the workings of time in Minoan culture, some ideas on what they can do for us, and a short list of sources from the experts.

A Few Basics

The calendar that we build from cycles of the seasons, sun, moon and stars structures and organizes what we do with each day and year. From farming to finance, calendrics is such a powerfully useful tool toward accomplishment that it’s no wonder every ancient society created these…

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summer haiga d’été – in southern France = dans le midi

swirling heat 
in southern France –
so sumac thrives




la chaleur accablante 
dans le midi –
le sumac partout

Richard Vallance


severely damaged Linear A fragment from Gournia:





To the best of my ability, I have attempted to read the syllabograms and ideograms on the severely damaged Linear A fragment from Gournia, but it is so badly damaged that it is hard to tell if I have interpreted all the signs well enough. At any rate, the interpretations I have attempted hang together.





							

haiku d’été - chirping in the grass = elle stridule dans l’herbe

chirping in the grass
the iridescent grasshopper -
a warm day’s rondeau




elle stridule dans l’herbe,
la sauterelles iridescente  -
rondeau d’un jour chaud

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – my Tuxedo cat = mon chat Tuxedo

my Tuxedo cat,
fur fluttering in the wind –
easy breezy boy

Tuxedo colours

mon chat Tuxedo,
son poil flottant au vent –
garçon débonnaire

Richard Vallance


Fabulous cat blog, KATZENWORLD! You have to check it out! Click on the logo to visit:


Katzenworld

Oliver & Nubia

Gwennie

The last two photos below are of my own Tuxedo cat, Silhouette and my stuffed Tuxedo cat, Alouette, who as you can see are the girlfriends of Oliver and Nubia!

Silhouette

Alouette

Enjoy!

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