The wild roses in our hedgerows seem even more generously and abundantly in blossom this year than usual ... almost as if Boucher or Fragonard were personally responsible for their frothy glory ...
... On June 10, in 1688, our late Sovereign Lord King James II and VII was presented by his wife with a Son and Heir, who was to reign for longer than any other British Monarch de iure.
His Birthday became known as White Rose Day, and those who advocated his rights wore either a white rose or ... out of season ... a white cockade. Oxford was an immensely Jacobite city ... you could tap Geach into the Blog's Search Engine.
To the Glorious Memory of King James III and VIII!
Nunc est bibendum! Nunc pede libero pulsanda tellus!
And Vivat Rex!
And three cheers for the Governing House of Liechtenstein!
You know it makes sense!