Banana trees

20 Jul 2020
Nino /
Banana, or plantain, trees are actually no trees at all, but rather a giant form of grass. Indeed, bananas are the largest of herbaceous flowering plants… Bananas come in two species, Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana, both originating in South-East Asia. The Arabs brought them to Africa in the Middle Ages, and the Spanish and [...]
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A farmhouse in Flanders

19 Sep 2018
Nino /
Some time ago I asked my twin Sons to help me building the scale model of a Flemish farmhouse. I thought it would provide the ideal setting for a skirmish in the War of the Austrian Succession, involving perhaps a foraging party of French Hussars unexpectedly stumbling upon a piquet of British regulars, themselves busy [...]
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Audubon’s Wild Turkey

20 Mar 2017
Nino /
John James Audubon (1785-1851), the famous French-born American painter and naturalist, is the author of The Birds of America, a collection of plates covering virtually all then known species of North American birds. The Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), which Audubon painted in 1825 and choose as the frontispiece plate of the first edition of The Birds of [...]
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A stockade fort in the wilderness

10 Feb 2017
Nino /
Some times back my teenage twin Sons and I built the model of a small stockade fort, or rather a fortified fur-trade post somewhere deep in Indian territory… The base is a rectangular piece of 3-mm thick cardboard, approximately 25 x 35 cm wide. The posts are cut from pieces of the roots of  some (unidentified) shrubs [...]
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