I got a new tattoo a couple of weeks ago. It is of a humpback whale surrounded by hydrangea flower petals, and I wanted this design on my right upper arm for many months. I love how it turned out, and I love what it represents: the majestic mystery of nature, and the memory of home. We know very little about whales, but what we do know is astonishing - they are intelligent and sensitive creatures capable of love and sacrifice, so large yet so fragile, gentle giants who sing beautiful songs. And hydrangeas are among my mother's favorite flowers. She grows them in her garden in Lovech in big fluffy bunches in which I used to bury my face as a kid.