The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday October 28th, 2015
Episode 327
Previous episode: 2015-10-26
Next episode: 2015-10-30


Toady we celebrate the showing of a painting by the great artist Diego Esteban. It is nearly All Hallow’s Eve, when Corvus-Wrax last appeared, and in the garden, there are juncos.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is October 28th, 2015.

It was on this day in 1881 that the artist Diego Esteban showed his great painting, “Scene From The Tale of Guadalupe And The Angels,” a painting nearly eighteen feet long and eight feet high. Seven angels were present, each one represented with feathers from a different species of bird, with their hands extended toward the figure of Guadalupe.

Strangely, however, critics disagreed on the number of angels. Those who visited the gallery after dark claimed that there were eight angels, not seven, and that the eighth, which had wings made of Argus pheasant feathers, appeared over the figure of Guadalupe, apparently shielding her from attacks by the other seven, who had clenched fists instead of open hands.

When the artist was consulted, he said “Well, it does that.”

In a few days, it will be All Hallow’s Eve. Last year, this involved the summoning of the dread god Corvus-Wrax. This is why Pastor Drom is building a bunker in the studio basement. I have convinced her to stop hammering during recording, but I doubt that I have long before it begins again.

I attempted to suggest that a hotel far away from the site of the last incursion may be safer, but she maintains that this is the only bunker that she owns and also that I will be between her and the unspeakable Crow God, and something about how I am the only one who finds eldritch corvid horrors adorable. Then there was swearing. It is probably best to leave Drom in the basement.

In the garden, the leaves have turned, and the juncos have returned. Juncos are small, round birds, black above and white below, with beaks like small pink seeds. They are a harbinger of winter in our area, and will form vast flocks beneath the feeders. They are a small cheerful bird that does no harm, and should be encouraged whenever possible.

The hickories are gold tinged with orange and the oaks are gold tinged with green, according to their tendencies. The wild grape has turned clear, pale yellow. Fall color is often about appreciating what you have, rather than trying to grow Paintbrush Maples and other such rarities.

Meanwhile, the Season of Mold continues, in its moldy way.

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for October 28th, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.

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