The Yew Tree

Our beautiful  Yew Tree lit up at night with Christmas lights, photo by PH Morton

The Yew Tree

We have got a lovely yew tree in our front garden which we dress up with lights on Christmas. It is now about 8 feet tall and still growing.

But did you know that the yew tree has a not quite a nice superstition attached to it?!!!

Yew (Taxus baccata) is a characteristic tree of churchyards, where some are estimated to be well over 1,000 years old.:
It is believed that ever since people arrived upon UK  shores, they planted yew trees in acts of sanctification, close to where they eventually hoped to be laid to rest.
And, according to a label on a yew tree at Kew Gardens in 1993:

The Druids regarded yew as sacred and planted it close to their temples. As early Christians often built their churches on these consecrated sites, the association of yew trees with churchyards was perpetuated

Apparently, if you bring in a yew (as part of a bundle of greenery for decoration) inside the house at Christmas, there will be a death in the family before the year out. It is also advised not to take yew inside the house because it is very unlucky!!!

Oh no, our yew tree is so beautiful to be a source of such malevolent superstition.

And all parts of the yew tree are poisonous, the hidden seeds inside the berries are extremely poisonous.

Time Teaches Me to Love (Chinese Drama)


Time Teaches Me to Love (Chinese Drama)

Time Teaches Me To Love

  • Genre: Romance
  • Release Date: 10 December 2018
  • Origin: China
  • CDrama: 24 Episodes


Episode 1 (unsubbed)

I watched his episode still unsubbed in English so did not understand a word.  It is in Chinese and subbed in Vietnamese. 🙂

Anyway as soon as I saw Song Yi Ren with Yan YuHao, I had a eureka moment that I could be looking at Sang Sang and her new Ning Que,  

Yan YuHao had the height and that cruelty/arrogance/bravado that Chen Feiyu has playing as Ning Que.

Anyway just looking at at the moving pictures, I understand that Lin Liu is a very perky girl, who seems to be a bit of a ‘Jill of all trades’.

She is an assistant to her vlogger friend, she works as a waitress as well as a make up artist.

The drama started with Shi Liansen reminiscing his past relationship with Lin Liu.  They had so much fun together.  She brought out the child in him.  She was a joy.  But for some reasons, they separated and she was left collapsed in the rain.

They first become aware of each other when Lin Liu was on her way to a photoshoot as a make up artist.  She carelessly left her scooter by the road when she got off to buy/get something.

Shi Liansen was just passing in his car and ran over her scooter and did not bother to stop.

She got to the building for the photoshoot.  It was a plush building with a beautiful lobby.  She was so excited and took selfies.  There was a passing tall young man.  In her excitement, she asked him to take her photo full length using her phone.

Though he took her phone, he did not bother taking her photo.

She went with him on the lift to the upper floors..  She was to do the make up for the  photo shoot.  After the model finished, Lin Liu jumped into the set and started posing for her own selfie.  The model instructed the photographer to take photos of the unaware Lin Liu.

Shi Liansen met someone by the sea/beach. He climbed into a rock and enjoying the negative ions, peace and quiet until it was broken by someone chattering nine to the dozen.

Shi Liansen went to see who the noisy girl was and of course, it was Lin Liu who slip from the rock straight to his arms.

Episode 2

They are trending. While Lin Liu was in his arms after slipping from the rock. unbeknown to them someone took their photo and posted it online.

Lin Liu begins working as a sales assistant in a beauty products store owned by Shi Lianshen.  She also ended up as a product endorser as Shi Lianshen like the photos taken of her during the photoshoot.  She looks young and fresh.

While arranging the beauty products on the bottom shelf in the shop, Lin Liu took off her shoes.  Then walked in Shi Lianshen who told her to put her shoes on.  While getting into her high heel she fell ,,, into his arms again!

Episode 3

Due to the lack of subtitles, I am not really sure why Lin Liu is in need of so much money.   She has been working non-stop, doing every job available including working in a bar in a rather skimpy dress.

There is someone stalking her and taking her photographs when she was in a rather comprising situation.

Shi Lianshen saw the photos and was very annoyed.  He asked her what she would want to work in a bar.  She told him she needed to work for the money.

Lin Liu went back to the bar and this time the customers are more persistent and then it was going to get ugly but right at that moment Shi Lianshen turned up and scooped her in arms and took her away.

Shi Lianshen had some contracts prepared.  For 500,000 Yuan (about £58K or $72K) he asked Lin Liu to be his fake girlfriend.

Lin Liu was ecstatic until…

Episode 4

In front of everybody, Shi  Lianshen kissed the very surprised Lin Liu.  Not everyone was happy for them.

Including his dad who asked to see Lin Liu.

Lin Liu has such an outgoing personality that she did not give the father much time to talk.  She told him stories after stories for three solid hours.

Thank goodness Shi Lianshen turned up to rescue his father from the onslaught of Lin Liu’s sunny personality.

Shi Lianshen ended up in a club dancing a drinking.  Lin Liu got drunk, got sicked on Lianshen’s shirt then passed out.

She woke up the next morning seeing a very handsome Lianshen in his bathrobe.  Cute.

Episode 5

The reason why Lin Liu needed the money was to pay the massive bill accrued from her young brother’s continued hospitalisation.

Fang Qiao has a one-sided love with Shi Lianshen.  With a bottle of red wine, she went to his house and proceeded to down the whole bottle herself.  She then took off her dress intending to seduce Lianshen, who was not interested.  He called Lin Liu to help him out and Zichen, who has a one-sided love with Fang Qiao, to collect Fang.

I am not sure about this but I think Lianshen is asking Lin Liu to move in with him.

Episode 6

Yeah, I guessed right. LOL

Lin Liu moved in with Lianshen.

To make him regret his commanding decision to have her moved in, Lin Liu did everything to annoy Lianshen.

In no time, she messed up the place.  With her hyperactivity, I have to say we saw more than what we are supposed to be seeing.  I can say that young YiRen doesn’t go for the Brazilan. LOL

Anyway, Lianshen told her to have a bath as she smells.

While bathing she had an accident when she was reaching for the shampoo and bang her head against the bath, fortunately, Lianshen was there to help her but she screamed her head off upon seeing him seeing her naked in the bath.

He was about to leave when Lin Liu was about to fall into the bath.

Episode 7

Lianshen was able to hold on to her but in doing so fell on the bath himself on top of her.

Lin Liu cleaned up the house including Lianshen’s bedroom.  She put his beloved Teddy in the wash which upset Lianshen as it has that definitive smell of memories from his mother.

To make up for her faux pas, she bought him another teddy as a companion for his other one.  But for some reason, he was allergic to the other teddy.

Episode 8

Lianshen has desperate need to go to sleep but can’t.  He found out that he can if he has Lin Liu in bed with him.

Episode 9

Fang Qiao is not giving up easily on Lianshen.  As a drastic measure she is turning herself into a clone of LIn Liu.  She copied Lin Liu’s hair style as well as how she dresses.

Still Lianshen is not interested.

Lin Liu continues to create havoc in Lianshen’s life but he only finds her more interesting.

Lin Liu is the Cindrella beauty products poster girl.  A customer came to the store who complained about the product she bought from the Cindrella range which gave her skin allergies.  She removed her mask showing inflamed cheeks.

She harrassed poor Lin Liu and she was about to pour Lin Liu with a glass of tea when Lianshen appeared to take the drenching himself.

Episode 10

The issue regarding the beauty products turned bigger that it should have.  There were rival company wich might be involved in the negative publicity.

Anyway because Lianshen had to stay at the office until matters are solved, Lin Liu brought him sandwiches.

She fell asleep on the company settee and seeing this Lianshen covered her with his favourite maroon jacket and was going to kiss her unconscious face.

What he doesn’t know was that Fang Qiao saw everything and finally realised that if the relationship was fake to start with, then it was no longer a pretend one. Lianshen had really fallen for Lin Liu.

Fang Qiao was overwrought but finally decided to let Lianshen go and arrange to meet him to tell him so.

Lin Liu’s task was to contact clients who bought the beauty products before and try to entice them back.  But no was willing.

She was deep in her thoughts were she was crossing the road; she almost got run over if not for Lianshen who pulled her back.

Hearts, hearts everywhere.

Episode 11

Their first flush of being in love did not last long.

Lianshen was with Fang, her parents and his father in a restaurant, which looks a prenuptial meeting between parents.

At the same restaurant, Lin Liu was also there with her former flatmate, Liang Zhi, who has a crush on her.

Laing Zhi engineered that Lin Liu sees Lianshen with Fang Qiao and that their relationship is serious.

Lin Liu was very upset, she run off.

Lianshen was annoyed that Lin Liu was annoyed so he called up LiangZhi, who is a manager in his beauty store and fired him.

Episode 12

When Lin Liu is annoyed she becomes unreasonable.  She said she wanted to move out.

Though Lianshen is reluctant to let her go, he had to agree to it.

Meanwhile, Liang Zhi went to the rival firm got himself employed,  He might actually related to the boss.  Awww subtitles where are you?!!!

Episode 13

Despite living in separate abodes, they seem to bump to each other all the time.

Lianshen conspired with Lin Liu’s young brother to pretend that he was in the hospital ill.

Lin Liu wasted no time to go to the hospital only to find that Lianshen is well.

Episode 14

Lin Liu and Lianshen’s father had a cute bonding.  He found it her rather uncouth but rather sweet with it.  Lin Liu kept trying to get away but he complains of illness.

Lianshen then turned up and took her to a photo shoot of them looking lovey-dovey couple, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

They ended up sleeping in the same bed together and it was so cute/

Episode 15

Zhang Yi Jie (Chinese Actor)


Zhang Yi Jie (Chinese Actor)

Zhang Yi Jie


  • Frist Name: Yi JIe
  • Surname: Zhang
  • DoB: 2 September 1999 (19)
  • PoB: China
  • Height: 1.78 m
  • Civil Status: Single
  • Education:
  • Occupation: Model, Actor
  • Work Period: 2012 – Present

Dramas & Films

Global Christmas Lights – The Filipino Paról.

As I mentioned in my earlier blog (O (Old) Christmas Tree) about Christmas decorations and how we get them from storage in our loft/attics etc at the beginning of each Christmas season. We check the plugs and fuses of our old Christmas lights and see how many bulbs still work. I think the oldest lights I have are over 40 years old and we drape them around our 45-year-old Christmas tree I had when growing up.

Last Christmas when we were in the Philippines visiting our family, we saw amazing Christmas decorations and lights almost everywhere. We bought back from halfway around the globe, one particular Christmas decoration which is popular in the Philippines. It is called a  paról.

A paról is a star-shaped or star patterned lantern, the shape representing the Star of Bethlehem that guided The Three Kings to the birthplace and manger of Jesus. A paról can come in various sizes and designs/patterns as long as it is a five-pointed star shape and can be illuminated.  They are traditionally made out bamboo and paper. Nowadays they can be constructed from materials such as plastic, glass, thick strong polythene & light metal strips  They are illuminated by candles or electric light bulbs. paróls are traditional to Filipinos at Christmas as the Christmas tree is to us.  Modern electric/battery powered paróls can produce colourful complex patterns like some of our home Christmas lights.


Global Christmas Lights – The Filipino Paról.

Parol, photo by PH Morton +

Parol by PH Morton

 Paról Light in our NW London house!


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