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ostly concerned with preservation of forms and habits. It never seems to have occurred to you that in Nature life is growth, and preservation is an accident…. 39 more words


Jimmy collects facts. His definition of a fact is anything that gets printed in a newspaper — poor fellow. He doesn’t mind a lot what subjects his facts cover as long as they look queer. 30 more words


Daily Flower Candy: Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii

Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii has featured once already in Daily Flower Candy, but I couldn’t resist including a photograph taken this weekend in our local park, where it has formed rolling mounds of acid-green flowers almost as tall as I am. 101 more words


February Books -- a classic, a mapmaker and some gardeners

Firstly, the classic

The Chrysalids ~ John Wyndham

I first read this when I was a teenager. I had always had a longing to be telepathic, so this book resonated with me. 1,463 more words

Books Of The Month

Kill With Kindness

Author: John Wyndham
Date: 1965
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Length: 189 pages
Size: 7-½”x5”

A later novel of Wyndham’s exploring the existential implications of having an alien race, the crystalline “Angels,” descend to Earth for the sole purpose of fulfilling our every physical need. 29 more words


A Trio of Ecological Apocalypses

I must have weak spot for ecological apocalypses.

One of the first SF books I read was Day of the Trifids by John Wyndham. I discovered it through the 1980′s BBC television version.  387 more words


A Flood of Words

And it rained and it rained and it rained. Piglet told himself that never in all his life, and he was goodness knows how old–three, was it, or four?–never had he seen so much rain. 378 more words