Plant Care MasterPost
nothing makes me more upset than the thought of plants not being taken care of so here are some helpful links!!
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Cumbria August 2013
Went on a mother’s day walk
Vita Sackville-West as Virginia Woolf’s Orlando in 1928. Forgot to mention that I saw the original manuscript of Orlando at Knole the other day. :)
I do support the Green Party (though with dubiousness - there are so many different elements in there and some of them are Not Good) and am considering voting for them in the European Election next month as it’s a proportional system. But in terms of the General Election next year, I will definitely be voting Labour.
My relationship with Labour is kind of like being a fan of a football club that used to be really good and could be good again but right now it keeps fucking up (aka mostly exasperation but with occasional twinges of hope). I definitely don’t agree with everything Labour does and says, and most of the time I want to shake Ed Miliband and tell him to get his act together (I totally think Owen Smith would make a better leader). But they are the largest left-wing party and they are neither homogeneous nor unchangeable. There are some amazing people in Labour, as MPs, AMs, Councillors and campaigners - proper socialist people with fire in their guts who really, truly believe in creating a better society. Those are the ones I’m rooting for. And I think if more of those people became active in Labour it could shift the direction of the party (and I think the shift is happening right now, if you look at some of their policies for the next term). That’s why I joined, anyway. And I know it’s very difficult when a lot of the party is made up of old careerist politicians who don’t have that passion, but they don’t make up the whole party.
At the end of the day, Labour is the only way we’re going to get the Tories out. They are a mass party, formed for working class people and vastly made up of working class people, and if people work with Labour rather than against it I think we could see really great things coming from it.
(I could say a lot more about this w/r/t specific policies but really need to do actual work. I’m a big fan of all-women shortlists, 50p tax, getting rid of the bedroom tax, tax breaks for living wage employers, etc. They could be doing WAY more, but generally I approve.)
I went to Manchester library for the first time since it reopened and I kinda ran around like an over excited kid holding about ten books at once. I got out:
Condition of the Working Class in England - Engels
Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida
Conversations with Stalin - Milovan Djilas
The Wretched of the Earth - Fanon
The Bird’s Nest - Shirley Jackson
At the library cafe there was some older women sitting at my table, and one of them whispered to the others “The staff (two of whom had Eastern European? accents) are foreigners”. It was so weird, they were almost scandalized.
And then I went to Manchester Museum and drew picture of dead birds!
Blood Moon eclipse. Next time I’m going to rent a longer lens.
Polylepis- my favourite genus of trees at the moment. There are 28 species, all in the tropical Andes. Some can be found in considerable numbers above 5,000 m, making them the highest-growing arborescent angiosperms in the world.