Spineless valentines

Sunday was Valentine's Day, and this year I managed to visit home to spend some time with my boyfriend, Andrew. We had an earthworm hunt! and then the more classic takeaway and movie. I also enjoyed some of the entomological Valentine posts on Twitter, which I gathered into a Storify: [View the story "Spineless Valentines" …

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Hat wearing PhD supervisors & other Christmas hijinks

Thankfully I managed to avoid being dragged to see the Oxford Street Christmas lights this year but as my Christmas-loving boyfriend was visiting it would be rude to not show him any and he was happy with seeing some of the Regent Street lights during a day out in London. As I described in an …

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Chiswick House and Gardens

I have been experiencing the twin miseries of house hunting and a heavy cold, my mum came down to help with the latter, but to brighten the day we also visited the Camellia show at Chiswick Gardens in west London. Chiswick House is a neo-Palladian villa built by the third Earl of Burlington in 1729. The conservatory was originally built …

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A trip to the Horniman Museum

I took a day off from studying to visit the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill, South East London. The museum has been on my 'places to visit list' for sometime, and I was particularly looking forward to meeting its famous walrus specimen, which even has its own Twitter account. Since rain was forecast we decided …

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