Wednesday 22 April 2015


plum blossoms.

I counted five.  Quality not quantity?

Thursday 9 April 2015


All of a sudden everywhere is green. 

New lavender shoots.

Delicate cow parsley fronds.

The heavenly fragrance of lemon balm.

Vibrant parsley.

Silvery green thyme.

Purple tinged green fennel.

Lush dark kale.

Alien like rhubarb emerging wrinkled from tight buds.

 Fresh green mint.

If I had to think of a colour to describe Spring it would be green x

Monday 6 April 2015

just for the record

The academic recently went through the Universities promotion review.

A personal chair is awarded specifically to an individual in recognition of their high levels of achievements and standing in their particular area or discipline.

The concept of an academic chair originated with the medieval church. 
Teaching was said to take place ex cathedra (from the chair), because each bishop had a throne (cathedra) in his principal church. 

Appropriate celebrations include cake.

to J - the newly appointed Professor of Cancer Genetics.
I am immensely proud of you.

with thanks to Alice for the use of the blog title, and the inspiration for the style of this post.

Wednesday 1 April 2015

what will April shower us with?

In April we must have a "spot shapes in clouds day",  and a "practise your evil laugh day" - I don't need to practise, I am an expert already,  there is a "leave a penny for someone to find day" and a "plant something and watch it grow day" - I hope to do lots of these days!

But mostly I hope to "be spontaneous and inspiring and happy and generally nice to be around".
So that's my plan for April, what's yours?