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El Greco…

To say that El Greco, painter, sculptor, and architect of the Spanish Renaissance, is an important figure in art history is an understatement. The artist, who was born in 1541 and died in 1614, made huge artistic contributions to the world and even challenged Michelangelo’s work. Below you will find 5 fun facts about El…

via 5 Fun Facts About Spanish Renaissance Artist El Greco — Outside The Lines


The Freshwater Habitats Trust are asking people to record the locations of frog and toad spawn through their PondNet Spawn Survey 2018. The Trust are looking to build a national picture of where there are breeding populations and so help identify water bodies important for biodiversity. We’re into the breeding season now – even through […]

via Looking for tadpoles — The official blog for the North York Moors National Park

March blooms…

I have been busy with all sorts of things recently, not just The Project or even the garden, and missed my usual Wordless Wednesday post without even being aware it was Wednesday. Like me, the garden has also been busy, encouraged by milder temperatures (like me) and moist days (not quite so much like me). […]

via Blooms Bringing Pleasure in March — Rambling in the Garden

PUBLISHED: 09:11 10 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 March 2018

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) governor Nigel Boldero. Photo: NSFT

The region’s mental health trust will hold a free half-day conference for anyone interested in mental, physical and spiritual health.

The event, Mind, Body, and Soul will look at health and recovery through social prescribing – the use of non-medical activities such as housing and benefit advice, gardening, arts and crafts, and sports.

It is being put on by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) governors, and will feature presentations from national, regional and local experts as well as stalls and workshops.

Speakers will provide an overview of social prescribing, including its key features and challenges, plans for its development across Norfolk and Suffolk, and lessons from local projects already up and running. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions and find out what’s available to help people manage their mental, physical and spiritual well-being and aid the process of recovery for those experiencing an episode of hospital care.

It follows the success of similar events organised by the Trust’s Governors in Ipswich and Norwich in recent years, which focused on a variety of topics including talking therapies, dementia, and the complex needs of people who have mental health problems and use drugs and other substances.

Workshops will focus on direct support, green therapy, arts, crafts and other interests, food and diet, sports and exercise, and soul.

Nigel Boldero, an NSFT Governor who has been involved in planning the conference, said: “I’m really looking forward to hearing about the wide range of fantastic community organisations that are helping promote health through non-medical activities. Social prescribing isn’t just about relieving the pressures on the NHS; evidence shows that these different types of therapy and support are effective and make a positive contribution to all aspects of a person’s health.

“We hope as many people as possible will join us for what promises to be a really enlightening, engaging and interactive afternoon.”

Mind, Body and Soul – Health and recovery through social prescribing, takes place on Thursday, 22 March at The King’s Centre, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH, between 12pm and 4.30pm.

Dunham Massey…

This will be our third visit to the relatively new winter garden at Dunham Massey, a National Trust property in Cheshire, our neighbouring county to the north of our home county, Shropshire. The leaflets concerning the garden refer to it as a “Curiosity Garden”, while inside is written, “Forget hibernating until spring, Dunham Massey’s Winter […]

via A Favourite Winter Garden – Dunham Massey — greenbenchramblings

This blog began with a walk – just a ramble through some local streets and, with it, a realisation of just how much we owed to local government. This post marks another walk. It wasn’t planned as an excavation of municipal heritage – the route’s a bit random and its ‘sights’ are eclectic to say […]

via Municipal Greenwich and a bit of the Isle of Dogs, Part I — Municipal Dreams


If you love gardens then Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden should be top of your list of gardens to visit in Africa. It has a reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. But I imagine that few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the […]

via Kirstenbosch, the most beautiful garden in Africa — Janaline’s world journey


Shoren-in is one of the smaller Buddhist Temples in Kyoto, and it doesn’t draw nearly as many visitors as some of the larger, more famous temples. Its garden, though, is equal to that of any of the other Kyoto temples we visited.

via Kyoto’s Shoren-in Temple — gardeninacity

Recent studies show how important feeling part of nature is to our physical and mental health. I have personally found this to be quite true and think that a connection with nature makes us healthier and happier people. I always feel better or rejuvenated after spending some time out in nature. Here are my top 5 […]

via 5 Reasons Why Nature is good for you — Janaline’s world journey

Black Port…

Port wine used to be sold in austere black bottles with somber labels. Adriano Ramos Pinto, a maverick entrepreneur who entered the port wine trade in 1880, changed all that. He wrapped port wine with sensuous images, elegant packaging, and clever marketing. One of Ramos Pinto’s publicity coups took place in 1922. Two pilots, Gago Coutinho […]

via Celebrating the passage of time at Ramos Pinto — Salt of Portugal

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