Good morning, grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy The Sunday Subject. This week’s subject is Succulents.
The plant of choice for anyone who loves the life that plants bring to your home but is totally incapable of remembering to water the damn things. Having said that, I killed my first succulent with love, over watered it and it rotted, most unpleasant.
Succulents usually come from a climate where water is scarce and have adapted to survive under these conditions. Their thick fleshy leaves are designed to store water giving them the ability to thrive where only mist or dew is a regular source of liquid. The word “succulent” comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning juice, or sap. Technically (or more accurately, horticulturally) there is a difference between cacti and succulents but I think in the world of ‘having a little plant friend to call your own’ you’d be forgiven for grouping the two together.
There are over twenty five plant families that contain succulents and some of those of those families have well over two or three hundred succulents in them. I’m not sure I’ll have room for them all on my dining room table but I’m prepared to give it a go.
For some further reading on succulent cultivation, here’s a list of articles from World of Succulents or maybe you’d like to learn everything there is to know about succulents and Cacti, in which case perhaps this 8 lesson online course is for you!
Send me some photos of your plants! Succulents, cacti or maybe just a bunch of cut flowers, I’d love to see any and all! You can do this via Twitter (@BeccyMundy) or via a DM on Instagram (beccy_mundy)
Norwich is fantastic for food. I feel like there’s always somewhere new to try. I’ve tried to pick a few different kinda of eateries to put into my top 5. They are in no particular order.
Wild thyme – Nestled behind a row of shops with a cute courtyard outside. You enter up a set of stairs into a smallish room very simply styled. It’s a veggie/vegan restaurant with an extensive menu, from breakfasts to curries and something for all tastes. Although probably suited more for older guests as I don’t believe they have a children’s menu. Personally I consider Wild Thyme to be a planned meal out kind of place rather than a drop in for a bite to eat. It’s a little higher in price than the other places on my list but the food is well worth it. You can read about my brunch if you like! *Just to note, due to a fire in the shop below, Wild Thyme is currently closed. Keep an eye on their website for more details.
Moorish – You can find Moorish in one of Norwich’s busy lanes, Lower Goat Lane to be precise. If you go during lunch time hours then you might have to wait a while because this place is always busy. Moorish is a falafel bar with a focused menu – there’s 3 options – but when they do it this well, be glad you don’t have too much choice. You have the option to customise with added toppings and sauces, so you can make your wrap, pitta or salad just how you like it. Plus they do lemonade that’s to die for. And for an added bonus they are part of Norwich’s Last Straw Campaign and are selling reusable metal straws!
Pono – I visited Pono twice in two days, it’s bright, clean and simply beautiful inside. During these warmer days we’ve been having Pono’s menu is the perfect thing. Another place that’s picked a few meals to offer and is doing them well. Customise your own salad bowl, choose from three ‘Smoothie Bowls’, go for a classic ‘Smashed Avo on Toast’ or try a twist on a traditional ‘Poke Bowl’. The fresh smoothies are divine, I always go for the Berry Breeze. And to add to the summer vibes, they have just started doing iced coffee. Yes! I think they sum themselves up pretty well on their website ‘We are a superfood bar inspired by Hawaiian culture, selling healthy, nutritious food without feeling like you’re making sacrifices’.
Saporita – A favourite of mine and my dad’s. If we get a chance to meet for lunch in the city this is normally where we go. They have a wide selection of Italian street food including, focaccia, panini and pizza slices. Saporita is a family run business and is homely and friendly. I don’t know if the woman behind the counter actually recognises us when we go in, but we are greeted with a big smile and warm hellos that make us feel like we’re returning to a friend. There’s a lot to choose from and they offer a good selection of vegetarian and a vegan option. While scrolling through their menu I’ve noticed they offer a Tiramisu in the desserts section and I’ve fallen even more in love with this place. Anyone want to meet for lunch?
The Waffle House – If you haven’t been to The Waffle House, then have you really been to Norwich? This was one of the first places my dad took me just after he relocated here nearly 10 years ago. What can I say about The Waffle House that’s not already been said in it’s long (and interesting) history? They serve waffles, the best in Norwich. Ok I’ve not had many waffles in Norwich other than these, but why would I when there’s The Waffle House!? There is something for everyone, and they can offer options if you have dietary requirements. I’ve seen queues outside before it’s even opened and I’ve stood in that queue many times and I imagine I will stand it in many times more. “Waffle House?” is a question with only one answer. “Hell yes!”