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Like a Rock


1分快三玩法If you regularly visit plant stores, you may have seen some strange-looking stones in the planting pots. Big or small, and in a variety of textures and colours – they’re actually plants

Like a Rock


If you regularly visit plant stores, you may have seen some strange-looking stones in the planting pots. Big or small, and in a variety of textures and colours – they’re actually plants

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Like a Rock

April 6, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

Lithops – also known as flowering stones, pebble plants, living stones or butts (for visually obvious reasons) – is a genus of succulents in the Aizoaceae ice plant family. Native to southern Africa, there are numerous species, with various colours, patterns, textures and even different flowers.

1分快三玩法Lithops doesn’t have a true stem; it usually has two leaves that regrow once a year. These taper down in a conical fashion directly to a tap root, which makes it look like a stone, split down the middle with only its immediate surface visible. Due to this, Lithops can avoid being eaten by hiding in the crevices of rocks. 

Nowadays, Lithops is one of the more popular house plants and many specialist succulent growers maintain collections, so they’re easy to buy in plant stores and on the internet. They’re also relatively easy to grow if given sufficient sun and suitable soil.

Planting tips:

  • The most important part of Lithops care is watering. They don’t need water in summer as they’re dormant at that time. 
  • In autumn, Lithops resumes growth, so full watering is required once every two weeks, though there may be a different timeframe due to the species and the environment; observation is critical. 
  • In winter, the new pair of leaves absorb water from the old ones. Once the old leaves’ water is absorbed fully, you can finally remove them and resume watering. Water slightly to encourage the new leaves to grow and then gradually increase to full waterings. 
  • A suitable temperature range is 15-25°C. Lithops starts to become dormant above 30°C or below 12°C.
  • The soil they like is mineral, with very little organic matter. It can be heavy with perlite, coarse sand, gravel, pumice and lava rocks; around one-fifth of the medium should be organic matter (soil) and the rest should be mineral. 
  • Lithops loves the sun, especially direct sunlight; a south-facing window is ideal for them. If your plant begins to grow elongated, that means there’s a lack of light or too much water.
  • It doesn’t need fertiliser unless in a soil-less medium. If that’s the case, use a very small amount once a year. 
  • Lithops usually starts blooming after three years, then you can start breeding them – another story for another time.
  • Plant them solo or with other Lithops due to the specific watering cycle.  
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The Tastemakers


Food, people, stories: the magic of BrunchWith

The Tastemakers


1分快三玩法Food, people, stories: the magic of BrunchWith

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The Tastemakers

April 6, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

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For many, the magical meal between breakfast and lunch serves as a relaxing session to ease into or out of a rush-free weekend. BrunchWith is a website where conversations are initiated over – what else? – brunch. 

On the site, you’ll find a collection of intriguing interviews set in different global metropolises – from San Francisco and New York to Hong Kong and Shanghai – with a wide-ranging variety of creative minds such as independent artists, chefs, fashion editors and entrepreneurs. Inevitably, food is a key subject. As BrunchWith’s founders believe, “We are naturally connected through food.” 

1分快三玩法“If New York were to be a food, what would that be?” The city’s premier truffle dealer, Ian Purkayastha, describes it as “$1 pizza slices”. However, for musician and native New Yorker Lenny Kaye, the answer is very specific: “A corned sandwich on rye bread, Russian dressing and coleslaw from Hudson Street, with chocolate and cream to drink.” 

1分快三玩法During a brief stay in New York City, Chinese artist Song Dong recalled his food experience – in 1986 as a student, he went to sketch in the countryside of Shaanxi Province, where he was treated to the only steamed buns in a farmer’s family because he was a guest from Beijing. It’s not about the food, but the experience, he thinks. Speaking of what kind of food Beijing would be, he replies: “Hotpot; you can put anything you want in it, make your own dipping sauce.” The help-yourself type of dining reminds him of the early 1990s, when artists had to rely on themselves as support was rarely given by friends, family or the government. 

A good meal certainly helps open the dialogue. So if you could choose anyone, who would you want to have brunch with?

Images: © 2017 BrunchWith

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Feeling Hygge


The Danish word that equates to quality of cosiness has become a global definition for well-being

Feeling Hygge


The Danish word that equates to quality of cosiness has become a global definition for well-being

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Feeling Hygge

December 1, 2017 / by Ruiqi Jiang

1分快三玩法Hygge (pronounced “hue-guh”), shortlisted for the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year in 2016, is a term that means “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being, regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture”. In essence, it’s the art of creating a warm atmosphere while enjoying life with good things and good people.

The idea of embracing the good life is certainly universal. But spreading from the Scandinavian countries to the rest of the world, hygge is now everywhere. There are more than 2.3 million posts using the hashtag on Instagram, sharing warm-hearted stories from various corners of the globe.

Though such a broad definition grants a great deal of liberty in terms of how to put this into practice, there are some key elements. For the wintry months, our checklist that follows should give you some inspiration. Remember – hygge is not meant to be translated, but felt.

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Hygge: A Winter Checklist

  • 1分快三玩法Make a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine (see our recipe).

  • 1分快三玩法Learn how to knit a sweater – or pick one from our selection (pictured).

  • Cook dinner with family and friends.

  • 1分快三玩法Fabricate a scented lavender sachet.

  • 1分快三玩法Read a biography of a person you admire.

  • 1分快三玩法Meditate in the solitude of home.

  • 1分快三玩法Unwind next to a wood-burning fireplace.


 

Vin Chaud (French-style Mulled Wine)

  • 750ml red wine

  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar

  • 1分快三玩法4 cinnamon sticks

  • 1分快三玩法2 cardamom pods

  • 1分快三玩法5 whole cloves

  • ½ orange and ½ lemon, cut into slices with white pith removed

  • 1分快三玩法⅓ cup cognac, brandy or rum

Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then turn off the heat and let stand for 15 minutes. Add cognac, brandy or rum to a glass, and ladle the wine-and-spices mixture over it.

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Love to Fear


Halloween is just around the corner – care for a scary story?

Love to Fear


Halloween is just around the corner – care for a scary story?

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Love to Fear

September 29, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

“Fear is a wonderful thing, in small doses,” said the English author Neil Gaiman in a discussion at the TED 2014 conference in Vancouver. After the prolific writer recited a ghost story, he read a short essay titled “Ghosts in the Machine”, in which he affectionately contemplated the psychology of why we love ghost stories: 

1分快三玩法“You ride the ghost train into the darkness, knowing that eventually the doors will open and you will step out into the daylight once again. It’s always reassuring to know that you’re still here, still safe. That nothing strange has happened, not really. It’s good to be a child again, for a little while, and to fear…”

The art of scary storytelling has been ritualised in many festive traditions during Halloween. From its ancient origins as the “dead-returning night” before the Celtic festival of Samhain some 2,000 years ago to All Hallows’ Eve in Christianity (formalised on October 31 by Pope Gregory IV in the 9th century), Halloween has evolved into a full-on party in the modern age, incorporating the nostalgia of ghost stories – and perhaps inspiring a little dread. 

This thrill of fear isn’t only something to be enjoyed during Halloween, of course. Once upon a time, we were all eager children, excitedly begging the adults in our families for a cracking story, be it a never-before-heard one or a true classic. Sometimes it’s not even about the story as much as it is sharing a memory of the storyteller’s vivid performance – and the harmless fear that’s often overcome by the overwhelming feelings of being together. 

1分快三玩法As Gaiman concludes in his essay, fear taps into the baseless, ignoring the scariest things in our midst. “…Not governments, not regulations, not infidelities or accountants or distant wars, but ghosts and such things that don’t exist, and even if they do, can do nothing to hurt us.” Thrills, chills and a bit of harmless escapism – who could argue with that?

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1分快三玩法So it’s about that time of the year to dust off some of those classic Halloween stories. Here’s a long-beloved one:

Long ago, there was a girl who always tied a yellow ribbon around her neck. A curious boy saw her and couldn’t help asking: “Why do you wear that ribbon?” “Someday, maybe I’ll tell you,” the girl said with a smile. They became best friends; one day, he asked again. “Maybe I’ll tell you another time,” the girl said. 

When they finished secondary school together, he asked her yet again. “Maybe I’ll tell you if we get married,” she replied. On the day he proposed, the man asked her the question. “Maybe I’ll tell you when we have kids,” the girl insisted. 

They raised two children and lived very happily for many years. But the man always had the question on his mind. “If you really love me, please don’t ask,” said the man’s wife. “Someday, I promise you’ll know.”

1分快三玩法The man dropped the question, though deep in his heart he kept wondering. As they grew old together, the woman became ill and, on her deathbed, the man asked her the question for the last time. “Take the ribbon off, honey, and you’ll finally find out the answer,” she replied. 

The old man did – and his wife’s head fell off.

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Alsobia Dianthiflora: The Lace Flower


Don’t have a balcony, but still want some cute plants to brighten up your space? No gardening experience? No problem. Discover the alluring lace flower known as alsobia dianthiflora. You can hang it or put it on your desk – it’s beautiful and, best of all, easy to maintain

Alsobia Dianthiflora: The Lace Flower


Don’t have a balcony, but still want some cute plants to brighten up your space? No gardening experience? No problem. Discover the alluring lace flower known as alsobia dianthiflora. You can hang it or put it on your desk – it’s beautiful and, best of all, easy to maintain

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Alsobia Dianthiflora: The Lace Flower

June 30, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

Soil

1分快三玩法Between sandy and clay (air should be able to get to the roots)

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Light

Indoors, next to the window; bright, but no direct sunlight

Water

Normal to moist (pour until it comes out the hole at the bottom, at least once per week)

Pot

Plastic, pottery, porcelain, glass, etc. If there’s a hole at the bottom, it’s fine. 

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Romance in the Air


With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, explore the widely varied rituals of courtship across different cultures – and species

Romance in the Air


With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, explore the widely varied rituals of courtship across different cultures – and species

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Romance in the Air

February 3, 2017 / by China Daily

Courtship rituals have been practiced in many forms over the years. These behaviours aren’t exclusive to humans – there are similarities with mating rituals in the animal kingdom. For example, when a man attempts to gain the attention of a romantic partner, he might put on charming clothing and “flaunt his feathers” – just like a male peacock shows his ornamental feathers to attract a female peahen. Two people hold hands to convey a message of their close relationship, while African elephants caress each other and intertwine their trunks in the courtship phase. Couples have dinner together on a date, while many birds also share food in the name of romance. 

Numerous rituals showcase the basic instincts of all living creatures; for humans, however, the approaches tend to be a bit less clinical and a bit more fun. During the Victorian era, a pocket-sized calling card became part of the romance of courting. This custom began in France in the 1800s, and quickly spread across Europe and the US as a formal means to maintain social contacts. 

For a Victorian gentleman who aimed to start a conversation with a lovely lady, or simply wanted to walk her home, he would often use an acquaintance card. According to the Encyclopedia of Ephemera, the acquaintance card was “used by the less formal male in approaches to the less formal female. Given also as an ‘escort card’ or ‘invitation card’, the device commonly carried a brief message and a simple illustration. Flirtatious and fun, the acquaintance card brought levity to what otherwise might have seemed a more formal proposal. A common means of introduction, it was never taken too seriously.” 

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With gentle humour and directness, this romantic icebreaker was quite attractive to young women. Men would present a card with a cheeky message, such as “I am Sam Kahn. Who the devil are you?” Or he might just get straight to the point, asking “May I C U Home?” For those less restrained by convention, he might have put those heart-melting words in poetic form. “My heart to you is given / Oh! Do give yours to me / We’ll lock them up together / And throw away the key.” Or, perhaps you’d prefer the more suggestive approach: “Come and see our new lamp – you can turn it down so low that there is scarcely any light at all.” 

1分快三玩法Interesting courtship rituals aren’t restricted to Victorian couples, either. In the 17th century, a Welshman would hand-carve a wooden spoon (called a “lovespoon”) as a sign of affection for his potential bride; the woman would wear the spoon around her neck if she felt the same way. In 19th-century rural Austria, young women would perform a ritual dance with apple slices lodged in their armpits – after the dance, she would give a slice to the man of her choice and, if interested in her, he would eat it. 

Even today, a variety of intriguing customs continue in Asia. For example, in southwest China, young singles of the Dai ethnic minority gather by the village bonfire at night; the men each choose a woman to serenade and, if she’s impressed, the woman will pull a small seat out from under her billowing skirt and invite him to sit down. And in one rural village in northwest Cambodia, the unmarried teenage daughters of the Kreung tribe are encouraged to explore sex with a variety of partners as they search for true love – in a “love hut” built by their parents behind their house.

While nowadays it seems the size of your bouquet or the value of your Valentine’s Day gift is all that matters, it certainly seems trite compared to those old-fashioned rituals. These fascinating customs laid the foundation for today’s romance – and some of them are still going strong. 

Images: Alan Mays; Getty Images

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Top Dogs


1分快三玩法More than just a friendly companion, the loyal dog has saved more human lives than we will ever know

Top Dogs


More than just a friendly companion, the loyal dog has saved more human lives than we will ever know

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Top Dogs

October 28, 2016 / by Peter Brown

From the family terrier frantically barking when a fire breaks out in the middle of the night to the rescue dogs who uncover earthquake survivors, our canine friends have saved countless lives over the centuries.

Search dogs play a vital role in rescue operations at disaster sites as they scamper through the rubble, their noses twitching as they try to pick up the scents of trapped victims. Historically, perhaps the most famous breed of heroic dog is the Saint Bernard, which for more than 150 years was used by Augustine monks to locate travellers buried in avalanches as they crossed the treacherous Alpine passes between Switzerland and Italy.

Not only trained rescue dogs save lives. Stories abound of pets who have saved family members from fires, drowning, snakes, aggressive animals, intruders and other kinds of threats. Of course, medical detection dogs are trained to be lifesavers – one British poodle named Nora is trained to alert her severely allergic owner if there is even the slightest trace of nuts in the air.

1分快三玩法One of the most remarkable feats of canine heroism was carried out by a guide dog in the wake of the New York City attacks on September 11, 2001. Roselle, a Labrador, led her blind owner Michael Hingson and his coworkers through the smoke and chaos of a stairwell, down 78 floors of the World Trade Center North Tower; they reached the street just as the building collapsed.

So why do dogs want to save our lives? As members of rescue team Texas Task Force 1, K9 search specialist Bob Deeds and his Labrador Retriever, Kinsey, were part of the search operations at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. “Search dogs are trained to treat it as a game – once they locate the victim, they get play time with their handler as a reward, which is a great motivation for them,” he explains.

1分快三玩法And what about pets? “Self-preservation is a big part of how they react in dangerous situations, but many dogs also overcome their instinct to flee and stay to protect their owners. So there are clearly strong feelings of attachment – even love – that make them do it.”

Next time your adorable pup is curled up next to you on the sofa, remember that they’re much more than a loving companion – they just might save your life one day.

Putting the bling and all the other luxuries aside, what would really make a dog happy if you wanted to spoil him? “Dogs appreciate interaction with humans, whether it is retrieving or finding something that is hidden, or learning behaviour like giving paw,” he says. “Anything that you can teach the dog that lets them interact with you in a positive way is definitely the best treat.”

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