If it's seemed a little quiet here, that's partly because I've been writing a series of posts on painting with acrylics on the 'And Then We Set it on Fire' blog.
Mainly though it's because I've been attempting to absorb the implications of the proposed new structure for science at Kew announced last Thursday. It's far more radical than we ever imagined and although there will a few weeks of consultation, there is no job for me. Meanwhile have to attempt to carry on as usual, to deliver the conservation projects I'm involved with.
We're also numb with shock by the tragic loss of our colleague Nigel Veitch. I didn't work directly with him but knew him through being a member of the Kew staff choir he directed with such patience (photo here of happier times in rehearsal). So sad.