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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.
    The Valais Blacknose.

    The Valais Blacknose.

    "ONCE YOU GET THIS YOU HAVE TO SHARE 6 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF AND THEN TAG YOUR 10 FAVOURITE FOLLOWERS :)" - A. Loud-Person

    abloggything tagged me; here are some titbits.

    1. I once had lunch with the Prime Minister at Westminster Palace.

    2. When I was little, I carried out an experiment in which I tried eating a range of dead leaves. I don’t think it did me too much long-term harm, but I can still recall the disgusting tastes and the nausea.

    3. My first love was called Cassandra.

    4. A few years ago I got lost in the Maasduinen on the Dutch-German border for 19 hours.

    5. I have been to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch several times. One of my best friends even lived there for a time.

    6. I secretly dream about moving to a hut in a remote corner of the Carpathians and spending all my time walking and writing.

    [Tea-break is over- I’ll tag some blogs later!]

    Just saw this picture from the Cairngorms on the Red Squirrel Survival Trust’s website. 

    Just saw this picture from the Cairngorms on the Red Squirrel Survival Trust’s website. 

    It was slightly bizarre to look out of the window this morning and see a woman sauntering through down the misty street with a Yellow-headed Amazon on her shoulder… Not a common bird in Cambridge. Here’s one in slightly more tropical Belize. 

    It was slightly bizarre to look out of the window this morning and see a woman sauntering through down the misty street with a Yellow-headed Amazon on her shoulder… Not a common bird in Cambridge. Here’s one in slightly more tropical Belize. 

    Jovellana violacea (Calceolariaceæ).
Photo: UBC Botanic Garden.

    Jovellana violacea (Calceolariaceæ).

    Photo: UBC Botanic Garden.

    Looks like I’ll be heading to Porto de Galinhas in Brazil for a conference in a few months. :)

    Looks like I’ll be heading to Porto de Galinhas in Brazil for a conference in a few months. :)

    Some days I feel I would give almost anything to have my own garden now.

    THE GRASS so little has to do,—A sphere of simple green, With only butterflies to brood, And bees to entertain, And stir all day to pretty tunes The breezes fetch along, And hold the sunshine in its lap And bow to everything.

    THE GRASS so little has to do,—
    A sphere of simple green,
    With only butterflies to brood,
    And bees to entertain,
    And stir all day to pretty tunes
    The breezes fetch along,
    And hold the sunshine in its lap
    And bow to everything.

    Caught the beginning of Radio 3’s Early Music Show a little earlier, and am now happily listening to Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in a sunny, lush garden. Everything has grown so much this year; a billowing mass of wisteria is hanging over the patio, the herb border is overflowing with scented foliage, the grape vines have spread over a wall that was previously bare, and a thick carpet of cyclamen has sprung up beneath the viburnums. 

    (Source: Spotify)