The Great Sore Face Incident of Spring 2018; and Skin Care as a Theme on This Site

This post is a sort of an introduction to a (not entirely) new direction for this site: that of skin care (and reviews of such), which I know I have done once or twice before, but which were never a main theme here; and also that of ranting, which I have done repeatedly before, and which is absolutely not a new thing. A little bit … Continue reading The Great Sore Face Incident of Spring 2018; and Skin Care as a Theme on This Site

For The Love Of Coriander: Persicaria odorata

Today is a gloriously sunny winter day, and while I know spring isn’t that far away, there is still a meter of snow on the ground, and I am missing the green. So much so that I have spent yesterday sowing seeds for the coming spring, and repotting a number of plants which have started to wake up from their winter sulk. I’ll post some … Continue reading For The Love Of Coriander: Persicaria odorata

I Am Not Leaving Social Media, But…

Before anyone starts to worry, I am fine. As I sit here and write this, I can see the thin stream of steam rising up from our neighbors’ chimney. It’s nearly evening, and they are sensibly starting up their fireplace. I can smell the faintest hint of wood smoke from the window vent, and it reminds me that I should probably get up and build a fire myself in a not too long while – but I like to do so after the sun has set, and we have another hour or even more of daylight left – the sun stays up in the sky much longer these days. Spring is coming, belied as it is by the thick piles of snow on the ground and the roofs. The snow muffles most of the sounds outside, and the silence is interrupted indoors only by the sleepy low buzz of a humidifier and the occasional melodic dripping noise it makes. We have moved to a gloriously beautiful place. Continue reading I Am Not Leaving Social Media, But…

Waste Not, Want Not (And Yes, A Beautiful Mediterranean Salad)

“Waste not, want not” is a very old proverb, but its moral is as relevant today as it was five hundred years ago. Also, this is a moderately long post, so if you want the salad recipe, just scroll to the bottom – it’s lovely. If you are in the mood for me talking about food waste, how it’s bad (lots of people go hungry), … Continue reading Waste Not, Want Not (And Yes, A Beautiful Mediterranean Salad)