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  • How do you do?
    I'm Jamie; an incurably-curious, hopelessly-idealistic, vegetarian, polyglot-ish plant scientist at Cambridge. I spend too much time listening to music, wandering around the countryside, and eating apples.


    penchants: forest walks, benjamin britten, mediaeval history & literature, eastern philosophy, obscure tea blends, copperplate, twilight by the sea, quantum mechanics, thunderstorms, fruit trees, early music, dragonflies, postcards, underground railways, gardening, vapour trails, tiny art galleries, volcanic islands, moths, Virginia Woolf, gin cocktails, travel journals, mountain air, handwriting, continental cinema, bow ties, Lebanese food, historical linguistics, archery, all things Icelandic, & bitter-sweet lemonade.
    Thank you for stopping by; do say hello.

    After a bizarre ordeal involving a broken wing, a four-hour wait on the runway, a hysterical Vegas pornstar sitting next to me, and a walk across a midnight runway past Air Force One, I’m stuck in LA. Again.

    Aaaaagh.

    I’ll share more photos from the Huntington Gardens and what-not later. For now, my offensive hair, my sunburnt cheeks and I are out of here. Let’s hope this airport experience is less calamitous than the last!

    I’ll share more photos from the Huntington Gardens and what-not later. For now, my offensive hair, my sunburnt cheeks and I are out of here. Let’s hope this airport experience is less calamitous than the last!

    A cute bonsai dwarf pomegranate bearing fruit.

    Japanese Garden.

    The palm collection reminded me of Townsville.

    The palm collection reminded me of Townsville.

    Paradise.

    Lovely Hylocereus bloom.

    Lovely Hylocereus bloom.

    My favourite corner of the Desert Garden.

    The fabulous Huntington Desert Garden.

    Took the Metro to Pasadena this morning to visit the Huntington collections. I decided to stop at a café for a drink, as I managed to arrive long before the Huntington site was due to open to the public. While sipping my espresso I noticed that a lady sitting with her family at the next table was wearing a Magdalen College polo shirt. Naturally, I struck up a conversation with her, and discovered that she had spent some time in Oxford while studying for her PhD in mediaeval English monasticism. It then transpired that she and her husband were readers at the Huntington libraries and were able to let me in early and for free. I had all the stunning gardens to myself for a full hour, and was the first person into the galleries and libraries. What an utterly incredible place, and how lucky I was to have a private viewing! And THEN I met up with the husband- a USC professor- for lunch, and found out that his brother is a well-known palaeobiologist with an extremely interesting research programme. He also offered me the use of a house in LA next time I find myself here. Good job I stopped for that coffee!