Philobiblon: Friday Femmes Fatales No 52

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Friday Femmes Fatales No 52

Late again this week. Sorry. Am I regretting putting a day of the week in the name? Yes. Have I been a journalist so long that I should know better? Yes. Sorry. Will do better.

So, the ten brilliant posts, and ten new (to me) women bloggers worth waiting for...

First up, a huge find, (thanks to the latest History Carnival), The Old Foodie, who has a daily posting about food and history. Friday was - what you didn't know? - St Lidwina’s Day, and her herb is borage. The Foodie not only tells us all about its culinary and medicinal properties (it might, modern science says, be useful against eczema), and a recipe - not any old recipe, but one from the "first English cookbook", from 1390, from Richard II's cooks.

Staying on the food theme, want to know how to make your garden into a feast? On Eat Your History, Deborah offers her practical, spectacular example. (Although the California climate must help.)

And while on gardens, on The Ethel Experience, a wonderful range of pictures from the Chicago Botanical Gardens. No 1, 2, 3 and 4. The swans (No. 2) are in there to make up for the fact that I didn't get to take any pics of the many I saw while cycling the Thames path today. (I was too busy just keeping up with the group.)

Moving into the workplace, Simplicus, on the group effort Blogging the Renaissance, has a post that will have resonances for academic readers (in fact for anyone who socialises professionally). She reports on the social traps and frustrations of the academic conference. On The Hag's Mouth, The Hag reports on staff from failed but cool companies who use them as models at staff meetings. (I've been reading a fictional account of the dotcom crash, so this really resonated.)

Turning to books, on Between an Oxymoron and a Redundancy (what a great name!) Lucyrain starts to read Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and finds a sentences that speaks volumes to her. Then, getting artistic, Lisa on Digital Medievalist (no, not a contradiction), offers thoughts on the National Gallery's attempt to buy a portrait of John Donne.

Turning personal, Caron on Women Creating the World is hoping to create a community of debate. She's looking now for thoughts on dealing with difficult family relationships.

Then OK, The Chronicles of Hermione Granger Reed is a dog blog, but it is a very classy dog blog, not written in the dog's voice, and this post has an hilarious twist in the tail... it involves Harvard Law school and mange.

Finally (and this comes with the warning that it might be upsetting to some), two shattering posts about itinerant thinker's gradual discovery of the extent of health problems of her foetus Annabel, starting with the 19-week ultrasound. Part 1 and Part 2. (The story has not yet been finished.) Those producing hysterical vitriol about "late" abortions should be made to read this. (Not of course that they will - might interfere with some of their comfortable preconceived notions.)


If you missed last week's edition, it is here.


Please: In the next week if you read, or write, a post by a woman blogger and think "that deserves a wider audience" (particularly someone who doesn't yet get many hits), drop a comment here.

It really does make my life easier!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Natalie, the link for Simplicus' post is bad - can you fix it? Thanks!

4/17/2006 04:18:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The correct link is here.

4/17/2006 04:54:00 am  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

Sorry, and thanks for the correction. Now fixed.

4/17/2006 12:52:00 pm  
Blogger clanger said...

For extra oomph, grow the white form of borage, Borago officinalis var. alba (seed from Chiltern Seeds). It will seed itself and come true each year if you leave it long enough, but be warned, it will move. According to your prevailing winds, each year your borage patch will be in a slightly different place.

Oh, and wear your thickest gloves: its spikey stuff and gets spikier as it goes to seed and dries.

4/18/2006 11:49:00 am  
Blogger Ethel said...

Thanks so much for the kind review!

5/01/2006 04:28:00 am  

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