The Garden Journal

When I was a kid, I was raised to love the land. My family would go on walks whenever we could, and mum and dad would point out all the plants you can use: cleavers, comfrey, gorse…plants that are often mislabelled as weeds, pests and useless are actually remarkably good for us. Meanwhile, plants liveContinue reading “The Garden Journal”

Difficult Times

My other half left for basic training a week and a half ago. Today he was sent into isolation for what he thinks is just a cold…in a shared living area with people who have shown coronavirus symptoms. Worldwide people have lost their jobs, companies have closed down, and many have died. So all inContinue reading “Difficult Times”

‘This Thing Grinds You Like a Mortar’: How Jessica Lustig is Fighting Coronavirus — Longreads

‘“You shouldn’t stay here,” he says, but he gets more frightened as night comes, dreading the long hours of fever and soaking sweats and shivering and terrible aches.’ ‘This Thing Grinds You Like a Mortar’: How Jessica Lustig is Fighting Coronavirus — Longreads

Cultural Tips: Dating in China

Extract from The Way We Communicate, Volume 2, by Xu Zhenya Find a good excuse before talking with a female stranger, especially with good-looking ones. Most Chinese still think it improper for girls to talk with strangers on the street, though helping a stranger would be acceptable and considered a good deed. One should comeContinue reading “Cultural Tips: Dating in China”

Plant Research

I know this is a little different from what I usually post, but given the panic buying at supermarkets I figured it’d be good to share some info on free food with you guys. When I was a kid, my family loved foraging. This is what I’ve learned from a young age: 1. Stinging NettlesContinue reading “Plant Research”

Freebie Time!

Hey folks, maybe it’s silly but I feel like commemorating my 10th follower! I’m still new to blogging, so small achievements make me feel happy. So I’m doing a giveaway! The first person to respond to this post gets 3 lessons – for free! – in Mandarin. It’s all online, so geography and the coronavirusContinue reading “Freebie Time!”

What Good Is Studying?

This picture was taken in the Red Sea, during a holiday in Egypt. Five years ago, Egypt seemed like a romantic dream, but too dangerous, too poorly understood on my part, for me to even consider going there. The news is often filled with stories of attacks and dangerous happenings going on in the world,Continue reading “What Good Is Studying?”

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