The week that started 4th May 2020

tl;dr: Savouring for happiness, poetry (especially Mary Oliver’s), black speculative fiction and sci-fi, flowers upon flowers, drawing & learning the names of trees in German, being inspired and encouraged to draw by my workmates, tree geekery, short stories (esp. Tove Jansson’s), psychology of happiness (specifically The Science of Wellbeing, it’s amazing, do the free course) […]

The week that started 27th April 2020

Cheap stationery So, The Science of Wellbeing reminding me that stuff is inherently disappointing, despite what our biased intuitions tell us, helped me kick my expensive stationery cravings. So, I switched from Ryman’s and Paperchase to The Works. As a result, I learned about this innovation – paper you can write on underwater, and it […]

The week that started 3rd February 2020

Botany After my first introduction to botany lesson at the weekend, I recapped what I learned. Monocotyledons Dicotyledons alliums, e.g. garliccereals, e.g. rice, quinoa, cornbutcher’s broom pretty much everything else I saw a photo of the widest tree in the UK, a yew in Stafforshire at Shugborough Hall. And I saw that holly bark has […]

The week that started 16th December

Slowly musing on the year that’s ending, and gradually starting to think about the year to come. All I’ve considered for next year is my tree learning plan. And some vague thoughts about collaborating to survive in the hellscape of late capitalism. 2019 life changing events Nature Connectors by Wild in the City in April […]