Everything about this story is so English.
I'm Jamie; a plant-obsessed, vegetarian, polyglot-ish student of natural sciences at Oxford who spends too much time listening to music 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, & my lovely boyfriend.
Thank you for stopping by; do say hello.
I want more Scandinavian friends just so I can listen to them talk in their own languages and in delightfully-accented English.
This evening viewed through Dragonwell tea. Tomorrow, there will be no more Finals, and there will be some good old West Country cyder in place of tea. So excited.
Faint rain, faint rainbow.
Anonymous asked: Are you a fan of Roger Deakin?
Yes!! His writing is magical. Coming from East Anglia and having spent a lot of my childhood on and around the River Waveney, I feel a certain kind of personal affinity with some of his subject matter, too. I read Waterlog a few years ago, and that sparked my interest in wild swimming. I then read Wildwood, which I enjoyed very much (for obvious reasons). I have a copy of Notes from Walnut Tree Farm, but haven’t got round to reading it yet. I shall have to do so this summer. Earlier this year I read Alice Oswald’s poem Dart, which I think very much carried some of his essence.
From the wedding day of my great-grandparents in Cambridge, 1911. Both Edward and Vivian had been born and raised in British India.
My grandfather and great-uncle in 1940s Cambridge. Love the trousers.
My great-great grandfather. I’d forgotten that I have so many wonderful old photographs of various family members.
An interesting watch for anyone with access to iPlayer. My great-grandfather was a NCO in the Royal Engineers at the Battle of the Somme and worked in these tunnels. He survived the first two months of that infamous battle, before losing a limb in a shell attack and being removed from the front-line to convalesce at Abbeville. Terrifying stuff.
Two down. In today’s exam, I wrote a paragraph about Deleuze. They did call it the ‘general’ paper… In other news, I need to shave. In other other news, this photo has just reminded me how much I love Vanessa Bell’s cover illustration for To the Lighthouse.