Mass Extinction Looms as Supercontinent Forms


A new study, led by the University of Bristol and published in *Nature Geoscience*, paints a grim picture of the future: a mass extinction event awaits mammals, including humans, in about 250 million years. The culprit? The formation of a supercontinent, extreme heat, and a potent mix of factors that threaten life on Earth. The study focuses on the emergence of a supercontinent known as Pangea...

Silent Extinction: Human Impact on Genera and the Tree of Life


The world is no stranger to stories of species extinction, from the haunting tales of the passenger pigeon, the Tasmanian tiger, to the tragic loss of the Baiji, the Yangtze river dolphin. These poignant stories capture the dire consequences of human activities leading to the sixth mass extinction. However, a recent study conducted by Stanford University and the National Autonomous University of...

Kabocha Squash (Japanese Pumpkin) Salad Recipe


Made another batch of Kabocha Squash Salad, which is our Fall tradition. I make enough for the week for as a long the pumpkins are available from a local farm. Usually into late October! Our Kabocha Squash Salad recipe: Ingredients: 3 small Kabocha squash (about 2 pounds) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 or 2 spicy red peppers 1 large onion For the dressing: 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise Soya sauce to...

Love My Stuffing Tomatoes ‘Striped Stuffer’ (Solanum lycopersicum)


The “Striped Stuffer,” alternatively known as the “Striped Cavern,” is a heritage beefsteak tomato boasting sizable, hollow fruits perfect for stuffing, grilling, or gratinating. These fruits feature distinct ribs and offer a delightful spicy-sweet flavor, with a unique characteristic being their vibrant yellow stripes. This tomato variety stands as a genuine rarity...

September’s Bounty in the Garden


September, with its gentle embrace, welcomes us into the tranquil phase of autumn. As the weather slowly shifts, the garden takes on a unique character, offering both relaxation and productivity. This month is all about savouring the final harvest while preparing for the cooler months ahead. Let’s explore the delightful tasks and enchanting encounters that make September a captivating time...

August: A Month of Nature’s Bounty


August, a bridge between the height of summer and the approaching autumn, brings a remarkable blend of growth and transformation. This month, we have the privilege to witness nature’s grandeur as it rushes to complete its life cycle. Let’s explore the weather, gardening tasks, wildlife sightings, and the delicious harvest that makes August unforgettable. August’s weather is...

Harvesting Honey from Beehive


This past weekend, I embarked on a sweet and rewarding adventure right in my own backyard – harvesting honey from the beehive. It was the first of two planned harvests for the season, and I am delighted to share my experience with all of you. Not only did I end up with 12 jars of golden goodness, but the journey of tending to the bees and harvesting their honey was filled with hard work...

Farm-Fresh Bliss


Today, I embarked on a farm-fresh adventure, visiting local farms to shop for the juiciest strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, apricots, and crisp cucumbers. Hand-picking each fruit filled me with joy and appreciation for nature’s gifts. It’s truly wonderful to have direct access to such fresh and delicious produce straight from the farms. And I took a few photos along...

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