‘I’m currently harvesting a great crop of Drosophila melanogaster from my compost bin.’
Remarked my neighbour over the garden wall. Remembering secondary school biology experiments, I nodded wisely and responded,
‘Me too but mine are in my office.’
There would have been a time when an abundance of desk-bound fruit flies would have shocked me. Not any more. My home office is currently doubling as a greenhouse. This former spare room isn’t alone in its multi-occupancy status. The kitchen has developed into a sourdough micro-bakery, and the lounge has gained additional status as a flour warehouse.
There would have been a time when all of this would have annoyed me but these days I find it exciting. Please allow me to explain.