Impregnated by the wind

Birch pollen   In To the River, Olivia Laing tell us about birch pollen being carried by the wind all the way from Jutland to Yorkshire. When doing a small-scale investigation into birches and pollination I came across this very intriguing information: When the German botanist and physician Rudolf Jakob Camerarius (1665-1721) first published the evidences of…

it is a great art to saunter

If I were to describe Olivia Laing’s To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface in one word, I would call it slentrende, which is a Norwegia word for saunting: A verb of unconfirmed origin, saunter means to “walk with a leisurely gait.” As a noun, saunter describes that leisurely gait. Henry David Thoreau once said “it is a great…