Winter Cycling

  • Noah Czerny: *smiles and is happy*
  • Me: my skin is clear, my crops are flourishing, the sun is shining, I have 20/20 vision, I have straight A's, I'm properly hydrated-
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York, UK (by Sam Fryers)

“Y/N, pass me that book please.” 

“Which one?”

 “The Harry Potter one darling, you know how much I love it.”

 “I know you do. That’s why I love you.”

 “I love you more Y/N/N ”


*Y/N/N (Your nickname) 

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FAQ

I just got a succulent and I don’t know how to take care of it, any tips? 

Succulents (and all plants) need 3 things: sun, water, and nutrients

Sun:

Most succulents prefer bright sun, and will show their best colours under full sun (at least 8 hours of direct sun a day). However they need to be acclimatized to full sun slowly! And of course, there are others that do okay with less sun and might even burn in harsh direct sun. Generally a few hours of direct sun a day will be enough to keep most succulents alive. 

Water:

Most succulents don’t like too much water. You can water them whenever their leaves start to wrinkle, which could take a couple days to a couple months. Some have winter growing cycles and some have summer growing cycles - they need more water when they’re growing.

Nutrients: 

Most succulents live in nutrient-poor soil with very little organic matter. It’s possible to raise happy plants in pure pumice, or pure water culture. They don’t really need much fertilising and can take care of themselves as long as they have enough sunlight. 

The key is to balance all three so that your plants are happy! Plants use sun, water, and nutrients in proportional amounts. So if your plant gets loads and loads of sun, it may need watering more often, and will be happy in a richer soil. If your plant doesn’t get much sun, then too much water will quickly kill it, while rich soil will cause it to grow a lot, but upwards and with floppy green leaves etiolating). One common issue is plants which get very little light but are planted in very rich soil and overwatered. They etiolate quickly and flop over or fall prey to mealybugs/rot. So it’s important to balance all the conditions according to your climate. 

For me, there’s definitely very hot direct sun for hours a day, but it’s also generally humid and rains everyday. So I pot most succulents in 50%-100% pumice, which helps prevent rot. In a dry sunny climate, they would do better in a richer soil. There isn’t one definite soil mix or watering schedule to suit all plants/gardeners, so do experiment with conditions and see what your plant responds to well :) 

HELP, there are bugs on my plant!!

White fuzz (usually at the joint between leaf and stem, OR on roots): Mealybugs. BAD. Sometimes accompanied/carried over by ants. 

White/yellow/brown/reddish round spots on leafs that can be scraped off: Scale insects. BAD. 

8 Legs, cute face: Spider. GOOD. (Will eat other bugs) 

IF you’ve never changed the soil since you bought it, now might be a good time to do so. Bugs generally have certain preferred conditions (temperature, humidity), so if it suddenly happened, maybe it’s caused by the weather or a sudden change in environment. If it’s scale insects or other insects that attack the plant, definitely get rid of them and change the soil. You can wash them off with water or try white oil (recipe here: https://cactusandrain.tumblr.com/post/158558685870/white-oil-aka-mealybug-death-spray-also-works ). Good luck!

How do I propagate my succulent? 

My propagation guides are here: https://cactusandrain.tumblr.com/tagged/propagation-tutorial 

I always dreamt about what she’d taste like
Imagined the warm press of her mouth on mine
Sudden and unexpected, but a welcome heat against my lips
My cold hands would wrap around her warm ones and she would sigh
Thawing all the frozen parts of me
And even when the chill had left the air she would keep me close
Whispering promises in my ear
Of warmer days to come.
But these dreams froze with the approach of winter
And stayed buried underground in the damp spring
Until flowers grew in the frozen earth
Their roots tangled with these forgotten dreams.
With the flora, our love bloomed from the aftermath of our darkest days
And there was no need to kiss our frozen hands warm again.
We loved like the summer breeze, and never had to endure the cold again.
—  “Find me, my lover/ and at the return of spring/ we will wake flowers.”
(m.b, a bluesey poem.)
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The thing about summer romance is that when the weather is warm, you feel different; you are different. You feel more free, more beautiful, more of who you want to be; more of everything good.
The thing about summer romance is that you never quite see it coming. It just sort of happens, serendipitously, unexpectedly, unassumingly.
The thing about summer romance is that even if you didn’t plan for it, it can be exactly what you needed, and you didn’t even know it.
The thing about summer romance is that the kisses are always better. The taste of somebody’s lips in the hot summer air stings your mouth in a way that makes you feel refreshed yet aflame.
The thing about summer romance is that it can change from subtle to intense in the blink of an eye. Your usual careful nature is transformed to a carefree person who only wants to exist in the present.
The thing about summer romance is that you learn that affection doesn’t need to have the promise of forever for it to be real and true and timeless.
The thing about summer romance is that it can be your wake up call. It can be the reminder that you are worthy and deserving and wanted.
The thing about summer romance is that it makes you feel alive. It makes you feel like you’re not just passing through the motions. You’re enjoying every breath in every moment.
The thing about summer romance is that it gives you the heat of summer sunshine, and you bask in the ecstasy of that heat.
The thing about summer romance is that it leaves you wanting more from life, knowing that the coolness of fall and the harshness of winter don’t need to consume who you are.
The thing about summer romance is that it lets you know that life doesn’t always have to be a beautiful struggle; life can just be beautiful.
The thing about summer romance is that it feels like a wonderful secret that you want to tell the whole world. But at the same time, it feels like no one needs to know.
The thing about summer romance is that it’s a fallen piece of paradise that you stumbled on and you always want to keep it with you.
The thing about summer romance is that it’ll teach you about yourself. Who you become when you have no worries, when the earth feels a little bit lighter; and you’ll always want to be this person.
The thing about summer romance is that more often than not, it is finite. And before you start dreaming dreams or making plans or breaking hearts, you accept that it likely has a definite ending even if you’ll always hope for more.
The thing about summer romance is that even though it likely ends, and you might not have endured a great love, and it might not be there to keep you warm in the fall; you know that that is not its purpose.
The thing about summer romance is that it always has sweet beginnings and mostly bitter-sweet endings. But you cherish it; you’ll cherish it all the same.
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Fabulous Friday : Sorry Saturday
18 -19 August 2017

Friday fun: Obviously I needed something special to get my butt back on the bike (again) and it came in the form of the gorgeous Insta-star @shaecycle visiting Perth for work. I borrowed my little old Cannondale back from my SIL for Shae and we enjoyed a brilliant coastal coffee ride talking non-stop. My Girl thinks I need to work on my pout lol, but let’s just call it my insouciant look 😉, and you know, at my age, wrinkles. 😂 Laughter lines are better! 😁 #smiling #striving

Fab Friday: After a haloumi-sweet potato-poached egg stack for breakfast with Shae, I kicked back with a cappuccino at my hairdressing appointment, before a night out with a group of former school mums. I think only a couple of them train regularly at anything so the tone of the evening was rather more carefree than it is with cycling or running friends.

Sorry Saturday: I am not looking or feeling so fab this morning. I missed run training! The shame! 😔 This is what happens when you willingly let people top up the buckets that pass for glasses these days and don’t keep track. Today’s exercise will be ‘modified’, i.e., walking 7km-odd to collect my abandoned car. 😣 At least breakfast was healthy, the sun is shining and the Panadol is taking effect.