Sunday, 5 June 2016

Ornithogalum dubium

"Ornithogalum dubium -- Sun Star", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2016

This is not the first time I have done a drawing of Ornithogalum dubium although my previous efforts were done a number of years ago now.

Below is an example of one of those earlier drawings which was featured in an 2011 posting.

"Ornithogalum dubium", drawing by Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2011

If you are interested, here is further information about this very lovely plant with its orange blossoms.

Ornithogalum dubium, commonly known as Sun Star or Star of Bethlehem, is a species of flowering plant which is native to South Africa (Cape Province). There it can be found blooming from early spring until mid-summer (August to December) on mountain slopes and flats, in stony clay soil. 

This long-blooming, showy plant has beautiful large star-shaped or cup-shaped orange flowers. Originally, it was assigned to the family Liliaceae. Now you will find it assigned to either Asparagaceae or Hyacinthaceae. There continues to be controversy about the Family to which it rightly belongs.

The bulbs of all Ornithogalum are considered to be poisonous as they contain cholestane glycosides and calcium oxalate

Ornithogalum is derived from the Greek words 'ornis' meaning bird and 'gala' meaning milk. The Greeks referred to something that seemed fantastical and rare as being “bird’s milk”. 

The species name. dubium, is derived from the Latin word dubiosus, meaning doubtful. The story is told that the author of this species, the Dutch naturalist Martinus Houttuyn, may have been doubtful about certain aspects of the plant when he described it – wondering if it should be placed under a different classification.

As usual, I am still not satisfied with the results of this latest drawing which means that I will probably be trying to "get it right" once again in the months ahead!

Portions of the above text were taken from various Internet sources.


You may recall my telling you about the CF Walkathon that was scheduled for May 29th.  Braden's and Ro's father was one of the walkers as part of a group called "Rònàn's Warriors" -- they were walking to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research to help Rònàn and all the others out there whose lives are touched by CF.  

Here are a few photos I just received of the boys who also participated in the walkathon.  Enjoy!

The boys do their warm-up exercises before the walk begins!

The Walkathon is underway!  Ro holds the hand of one of 
"Rònàn's Warriors" as Braden takes the lead.

The Walkathon is over!  Well done, young men.



Suki wondering when the pain is going
to go away!
Suki, I think, is beginning to realize that the pain in her hips and back legs is not going to go away.  So, like any creature, she is learning how to live with it as best she can.

Suki has been taking the pain medication long enough so that a therapeutic level is now being maintained by her body.  In evidence, she can once again jump onto her favourite chairs without my assistance -- thank goodness -- she has returned to her normal practice of being my feline alarm clock and I am once again referring to her frequently (but lovingly) as being a "pest and a nuisance". 

The most recent reason for calling her a "pest and a nuisance" has to do with her refusal to eat the food I have for her.  I mean, the food situation was looking good before she started taking all this medication.  

However, within a few days of starting on the drugs, Suki was refusing to eat what had been her absolutely favourite food -- turkey bits swimming in gravy.  At first, I tried going back to one of her earlier favourites consisting of chicken and turkey with a bit of gravy and that seemed to work for a few days.  Then, just as suddenly, she refused to eat that food as well.  

Frantically, I began to search for other foods to try and stumbled upon Friskies Turkey and gravy. She wolfed this stuff down for about a week and then, suddenly, she began to refuse to eat any of it as well.

So, last night, in desperation, I opened a can of the food she had been happily eating prior to starting on all these drugs.  With much trepidation, I set a bowl of this food down in front of Suki and waited for the usual rejection. Amazingly, she gobbled up the entire dish! 

Even though she quite happily ate another dish of the same food this morning for breakfast, I am not yet counting on this as a permanent solution. I mean, over the past weeks, Suki has been given three different foods which she has appeared to enjoy very much for three to seven days before completely going off of each one. So, let me just say that if she is still eating this same food by next Sunday's blog posting, then maybe, just maybe, I might begin to feel that some sort of victory has been won!

Otherwise, life continues as usual.

I did have one medical appointment this past week along with several business and banking appointments.  As you can imagine, all this activity has left me feeling really tired and very aware of the pain.  

So, my plan is to "lose" myself in a new drawing.  Thus far, art work remains the one thing in which I can still "lose" myself sufficiently so that the constant pain seems to fade into the background for a while.  

No doubt, you will be seeing the results of my "art-work-distraction-technique" sometime in the near future! 



"Icon -- Christ the Healer", by the hand of Sarah "Sallie" Thayer, 2009

Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, crying out “A great prophet has arisen in our midst, “ and “God has visited his people.” This report about him spread through the whole of Judea and in all the surrounding region.            Luke 7:11-17

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