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  • Life lessons with chrysanthemums

    Life lessons with chrysanthemums

    Grasshopper: Master Po, I have brought these chrysanthemums to offer as a gift. They are a symbol of autumn and their beauty fills me with wonder. Master Po: Ah, Grasshopper, you have chosen well. These flowers are a favorite among poets and artists for their gentle grace. But did you know that chrysanthemums have a…

  • Tulip Wars

    Tulip Wars

    It was the early 17th century, and the Dutch Republic was at the height of its economic power. The country’s merchants and traders had amassed great wealth through international trade, and their appetite for luxury goods knew no bounds. One of the most coveted of these goods was the tulip, a flower that had recently…

  • Primrose Perfection

    Primrose Perfection

    Primula vulgaris, also known as the Common Primrose, is a charming and delicate plant that has captured the hearts and imaginations of people for centuries. From mythology and folklore to medicinal and biological uses, this flower is a true wonder of nature. Let’s dive in and explore the fascinating world of Primula vulgaris. Let’s start…

  • Nature finds a way

    Nature finds a way

    Driving down a quiet country road in Wales, something caught my attention: an old abandoned house with a tree growing out of the chimney. The sight was so striking that I had to stop and take a photo. As I stood there, marvelling at the sight, I couldn’t help but think about the incredible power…

  • The Ticking Time Bomb

    The Ticking Time Bomb

    As I walked along the deserted pier, the sound of the crying waves echoed in my ears. The sky was overcast and the only light came from the faint glow of a four-faced clock. As I approached it, I noticed that each face displayed a different time – how odd. It left me feeling uneasy,…

  • Subtle Tones

    Subtle Tones

    Within conversation, subtle tones refers to the nuances and variations in the way we speak, including the pitch, volume, and emphasis on certain words or phrases. These tones can convey a range of emotions, attitudes, and intentions, often beyond the literal meaning of the words we use. For example, imagine someone saying “I’m fine” in…

  • Empty Chair Full Of Memories

    Empty Chair Full Of Memories

    As I gaze upon the empty chair with its colourful crocheted blanket draped over the back and a soft cushion on the seat, memories flood my mind. This chair was once occupied by a woman who lived a long and fulfilling life. Born in 1930, she had witnessed the world change in ways unimaginable to…

  • Great Great Grandfather’s Hunting Accident.

    Great Great Grandfather’s Hunting Accident.

    Hey there! I’d love to share a photo with you – it’s of my great great grandfather and his wife (who looks very nice) with their five daughters. My great grandmother is actually the one in the middle at the back (who looks very stern I think.) Interestingly, I came across some information about his…

  • The Art of Finding Stillness

    The Art of Finding Stillness

    When it comes to finding peace of mind, different cultures have developed various practices and traditions to help people achieve this state of inner calmness and tranquillity. Let me share a few with you. Spending time in nature is another way that different cultures find peace of mind. In Japanese culture, for example, they practise…

  • The Sweet Sweet Chestnut

    The Sweet Sweet Chestnut

    In the midst of all the historical events that took place 1000 years ago, a small but significant act occurred: a seed was planted in the ground, the beginning of what would eventually grow into a towering tree that has stood the test of time. This 1000-year-old tree, with its roots firmly planted in the…