The sage is out of control; that's it just above the path in the center.

And while I love it all, the marjoram two varieties) on the top left, have flowered and the colour is amazing - purple tending toward pink.

I do love it all, though.

I hopped off the train one stop early today to extend my cycle ride in to the office. This time I avoided my mistake of Monday, so rather than pedalling through a Tescos car-park and such, I stuck to bike paths along the river, until cutting through some of the older bits of town to get to the site.

It might not be fun to ride the extra few miles in the rain or the dark of winter, but it was quite pleasant today.

Sorry I have to add one just for the Germans.

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Dogs are allowed in the bed.
(Please boost, I want to see if my perception is correct or not)

In pleasant news ... I wrote a Compleat Anachronist for the on cookery, and the print run has already sold out.

That's pretty cool.

For any trans people who need to hear this:

Your body is beautiful. You're worthy of being desired, if that's something you want.

Whether you choose to transition (and in whatever direction you want), and wherever you are in that process -- you're seen, you are believed, and I'm proud to be your sibling.

When you look in the mirror, you deserve to hear, "Hey, Beautiful." If you don't hear it in your voice, hear it in mine.

Your strength is incredible. You come from a long tradition of transgender people, stretching back to the earliest days of humanity.

Let the haters shout into the void. You don't need to. The Void already loves you. ✨​

(cis people please boost)

I didn’t manage to import my followers list before the lights went out at rad town, so it would be really helpful if people could boost this to know I am over here now. 💜💖🖤☺️

I delivered a paper at the Leeds IMC on Monday (Medieval Food Porn, for those what care ...) (IMC = International Congress)

I was, I confess, a bit nervous. It's been a while since I gave a presentation at an academic conference. It was ... alright. It rekindled a bit of love for the medieval.

As someone pointed out, I essentially celebrated the 4th of July, by securing the ability to stay in a different country.

So ... Leave to Remain approved. I can stay in the UK.

Which is good.

Things I didn't expect to do on my morning cycle:

Spend half an hour trying to explain systematic and structural racism to the guy who came outside while I was talking to his cat.

Yes, I stop and talk to all the cats I see when I am out cycling. It's only polite.

food 

It is still Sparglezeit, right? Local asparagus with Hollandaise. The leftover eggwhites went into cocotte with marjoram from the garden. Not pictured are the sweet potato chips.

trans Romans talk 

Genucius: 77BCE court case - denying them a legacy because they were a gallus and therefore “neither man nor woman”. (Technically, recognition for non-binary gender in Roman law.)

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important PSA for cat owners in the UK 

All dry cat food from AVA, Applaws and Sainsbury's is being recalled for contamination very likely to kill your cat.

When you receive a commission asking: 'Please could you paint a Friday night at pub kicking out time, with all the fights, kebabs, and throwing up in gutters, but in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry?'

A fine example of what I can only describe as avant-Romanesque by Jim'll Paint It.

jimll.co.uk/

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Medievalists and Medieval-adjacent. Sort-of.