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This from the Woodland Trust: how to identify trees by their knobbly bits in Winter. I love these ID charts. I had all of this info printed on a neat small card I used to take hiking with me. To be honest, though, I’m not sure I identified a single tree that way.

It all looks so much clearer in an illustration. Which is why, even now, they use illustration rather than photography in botany and medicine. Here’s the big color version; may it be of some use to you.

The things that come across my Twitter feed while I’m obsessively refreshing for news of THE PLAGUE. The woman who’s cat we stole gave us a call to check on him earlier tonight.

Her granddaughter is in one of the Sussex elementary schools that have been shut because students went on a field trip to Italy last week. I reassured her that, as far as we know, not one person under the age of nine has caught the bug.

Did you know that? Quite unusual for a flu. This one appears to be firmly a boomer bug.

Nemesis creeps closer.


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 26, 2020, 9:24 pm

I was actually in Northern Italy myself for two weeks, ending 10 days ago. I was actually there to see the unveiling of the 2020 Ferrari Formula 1 car just outside Maranello, but that’s a story for another day. We traveled about 3,000 kilometers during our 2 weeks including visiting Milan, Venice and the Republic of San Mariano. The number of Chinese tourists was (apparently) vastly down but they were there in every place we visited. One large shopping mall complex we visited was specifically aimed at Chinese tourists. They are a major force in the tourist industry these days.

Not helping matters on the Corona virus prevention front is the Italian custom of right cheek, left cheek, hug.

I feel fine but I’m pretty much self quarantining for about another week just out of courtesy.

Comment from Drew458
Time: February 26, 2020, 10:08 pm

I think you are right about the extended quarantine time. After being locked on board that Diamond Princess ship for 2 weeks, and then evacuated 10 days ago to further quarantine on land, another 2 Americans have now come down with it. 30 days may be a minimum effective quarantine. As the world numbers rise, we will learn just how much is really needed.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 26, 2020, 10:26 pm

Thank you, @Some Vegetable, for your courtesy! Now, if only everyone in similar circumstances would do the same perhaps the ChiCom KillFlu will die out and leave us alone.

Comment from BJM
Time: February 26, 2020, 10:40 pm


Welp, there goes the rest of the week.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: February 27, 2020, 1:10 am

Is Nemesis bringing her Nemetoads?

Mrs D thinks I’m a nutjob, but I layed in more rice, flour and steel cut oats, oh an olive oil. Can’t be running out of olive oil for cooking in Survival Hovel.

Comment from Drew458
Time: February 27, 2020, 4:27 pm

Latest research report out of China shows that WuFlu, while nearly identical to BatFlu-13, has a genetic mutation similar to HIV that makes it 1000 times more infectious as SARS. The invasive vector is something called a “furin-like cleavage site”.

This may be why some people who have had it and recovered get sick again, like the lady in Japan in today’s news.

The likelihood that this thing is natural gets smaller every day.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: February 27, 2020, 7:59 pm

I have to agree, Drew. This looks like another of those stories that has made made its way from Conspiracy Theory Corner to centre stage.

Sorry, bats. It appears I did you an injustice.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: February 27, 2020, 9:16 pm

Reading in other places – here’s a thought for you weasel that might brighten the horizon. There’s “conspiracy” suspicion that the Coronavirus has been with us for a while.

That lingering lurgie thing you had? Remember? We’ve had similar issues here – feeling crappy, then coughs and crappy feeling that doesn’t go away as they normally do.

Just a thought.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: February 27, 2020, 9:57 pm

You know, I’d had exactly the same thought, DurnedYankee but dismissed it as paranoid thinking. What really made me wonder was that I either caught it again, or had a relapse. Sounds awfully like the bug, doesn’t it?

Comment from weasel again
Time: February 27, 2020, 10:07 pm

We had actually discussed that possibility, Durned. More along the lines of “most of the country has come down with a nasty bug with clearly delineated symptoms, how come it doesn’t have a name?” It wouldn’t surprise me if some oldies died of it; it was deeply horrible.

In terms of symptoms, the main difference I can see with coronavirus is that it starts with a 3 or 4 day fever.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: February 27, 2020, 10:17 pm

Weasy – you mean you notice it when you get a 3 or 4 day fever 🙂 . I haven’t followed the details of the current outbreak, but being asymptomatic is a “symptom” until it hits you, right?

Been a couple of go rounds locally and we’ve had it, and others have had it. As you said, they never seem to have a name for it just “something that’s going around”. But everybody notices you just can’t seem to shake it once it’s got you, and that’s very unlike the colds and flu everyone seems to have gotten in the past.

The conspiracy part is that the CDC knows danged well what it is and that it’s here, but isn’t talking about it. But there’s me, feeding the conspiracy ranting. I can’t think that NOW they’d talk about it. Unless you go really deep and it’s to “get Trump!” 🙂

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