Three outcomes of Coronavirus

Everyone's talking about what they're learning through Coronavirus, about themselves, about their families, about the world. How priorities and values are changing, the worth of people in societies are changing. Like postmen and shelf-stackers weren't valuable before? Like people didn't know that downtime was necessary, sleep was glorious and that it's okay to stop for … Continue reading Three outcomes of Coronavirus

My First Kiss

” I am currently writing a memoir and I would love any comments and opinions from this wonderful online community of writers. I will be posting various excerpts, paragraphs and chapters here that I am more or less happy with, or absolutely hate, looking for help and feedback. The memoir is about how I came … Continue reading My First Kiss

Exam Season Advice

Exam seasons are horrific aren't they? Everyone is moody and stressed, over-eating or under-eating, anxious, unfocused and panicking. Overlay this with a sudden desire to get really good grades, a feeling that has stayed dormant throughout term, and people find themselves in a real pickle. Exam season is a bipolar roller coaster of sheer, sleep-deprived determination; … Continue reading Exam Season Advice

A poetic foray into digestion

Her stomach gurgles, her belly quivers, Her eyes dart round, her body shivers, Her blood is pumping, pupils dilating, Her brain firing signals, neurons pulsating.   “I’m hungry” she says, stomping her feet, Her hands curled in fists, her cheeks pink with heat, Her blood sugars low, her brain senses the threat, Hypoglycaemic, she’s getting … Continue reading A poetic foray into digestion

Coach Predator

You sit next to me with other seats spare, On the back of my head I feel your stare. I grit my teeth and peer out the window, The coach starts moving, grumbling, slow.   You spread out your knees, I pull away mine, You’re in my space, I pretend it’s fine, Then your elbow … Continue reading Coach Predator

A peculiar feeling

My mind wanders with nothing to grip, No thoughts that stay, no ideas that stick,  A boredom, a gloom, an absence of will, I look in to my head to find things quite still.   A longing sensation extends in my chest It strangles my lungs and steals my breath, I look down in surprise … Continue reading A peculiar feeling

A snapshot moment

I'll set the scene: Me (purple, floaty trousers, black and green Hawaiian shirt, slightly tanned, curly hair tied back), lying in my hammock in the "porch" of our "mansion". It is HOT today, so hot in fact that I got in the "shower" earlier fully clothed just to cool down a bit. The sun is … Continue reading A snapshot moment

22-02-2018 Menstruation Magic

This morning, a guide, Javier and myself set out into the forest to set up my project. I need 12 transects (straight lines that I use to mark where I will collect my data) in both primary and secondary forest. We found suitable areas with plenty of space and started to set these up, however, … Continue reading 22-02-2018 Menstruation Magic

20-02-2018 Monotony

I want to preface this post with a reality check: We live in the rainforest, in Ecuador, near an Indigenous Community, at a research station, on a river bank, in wooden huts, without a car, without a boat (more importantly), with just each other, in the jungle. Like if you saw our location on a … Continue reading 20-02-2018 Monotony

17-02-2018 The ups and the downs

It's a quiet day at the station today. Only Heather and I are here so we have complete freedom to do what we like when we like. This freedom only really extends to when we eat, usually with more people at the station mealtimes are regular and we take it in turns to cook each … Continue reading 17-02-2018 The ups and the downs