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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.

    Just discovered that a house in Hammersmith, London, belonging at the time of the 1911 census to my lowly great-great-grandparents (he from Norfolk, she born in India) is now worth around £1.7 million. Talk about property bubbles.

    Anonymous said: How old r u?


    Anonymous said: You shd come to Singapore...orchid is our national flower n u can study them :)

    I would love to visit- perhaps when I’m next on my way to Australia (hopefully in 2015). There is a distinct possibility that I may one day end up working on orchid evolution as part of a project that would definitely require me to make use of the fabulous herbarium and living collection material available in Singapore, anyway. :)

    Anonymous said: Do you mind if I ask what you're researching? I'm also a budding (lol) plant scientist!

    Hydraulics of the Bromeliaceae in an ecological and evolutionary framework. I’m extremely easily distracted by all sorts of other areas of plant science though. I’ve already decided that if I go on to do a post-doc, I want to work on succulent alpines. Or lichens. Or hornworts. Or Macaronesian biogeography. Or metabolomics. Or forest phenology. Or orchid population dynamics. Or saprotrophy and hemiparasitism. Or Australasian orchids. Or conservation physiology. Or evolutionary modelling of growth form. Or physiological palaeobotany…

    Photoreceptor-mediated kin recognition in plants - Crepy - 2014 - New Phytologist - Wiley Online Library

    I’ve had an inkling that this phenomenon must be real for some time now. Finally, some evidence!

    1 day ago - 6

    On a Dikanda binge.

    (Source: Spotify)

    Spare-room sunset.

    Anonymous said: Wait, you go to Cambridge? You just gained some mad respect, yo!

    Ha, well, thanks.

    Somebody just walked past me in Cambridge and smiled at me as if he really recognised me before turning round to look at me after I’d walked past. His face was very faintly familiar. It wasn’t one of you, was it?!

    As promised, here’s a list of a few dishes we’ve made and enjoyed recently (the first one has a link to the recipe):

    • Sweet potato and wild rice patties with lime salsa
    • Raw courgette noodles with mint and walnut pesto
    • Roasted butternut squash with a spinach and baby leaf salad, houmous, and chia seeds
    • New potatoes roasted in olive oil with sea salt and rosemary and served with green beans and kale
    • Grilled and spiced bell peppers and aubergine on a garlic and bean mash with a good sprinkling of coriander and lemon juice