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A Weather Eye…

A new weather satellite is circling the earth. The JPSS-1 satellite, launched this weekend (18 November 2017) will provide a huge array of observational, near real-time, data which will be shared with US national and international partners including the Met Office. As well as gathering day to day weather data the satellite will monitor a […]

via New eye in the sky to help UK weather forecasts — Official blog of the Met Office news team


If you’re visiting Lisbon, we recommend spending an afternoon in the Belém neighborhood. We like to start by sitting at one of the tables of the old Confeitaria de Belém to enjoy an espresso with a warm pastel de Belém. We eat the pastry slowly, taking small bites while the aroma of cinnamon and vanilla […]

via Worshiping the sun in Belém — Salt of Portugal

Sustainable cities?

Ellina Webb investigates what her local council of St Albans City & District is doing to combat climate change, be sustainable and green the community. I first became aware of the city’s influence on climate change when I saw a poster for Sustainable St Albans Week – a week in November which consists of community events and seminars to…

via What is your local council doing to green the community? — Specifier Review

The Broadwater Farm Estate is – with apologies to its residents who know it differently and better – notorious: the scene of rioting in 1985, blamed by some for the disorder in Tottenham in 2011, and apparently one of the ‘sink estates’ to be transformed by David Cameron’s short-lived ‘blitz on poverty’ in 2016. Let’s […]

via The Broadwater Farm Estate, Tottenham, Part I: from ‘holiday camp’ to ‘dumping ground’? — Municipal Dreams

The major restoration of Stowe Landscape Garden is now a step closer to completion. The final statue in the martial series has returned to the National Trust-owned garden for the first time in nearly 100 years following extensive public support and donations for Restoring Stowe – The Landscape Programme. A cast of The Wrestlers – […]

via The final martial statue returns to Stowe after 100 years — National Trust Press Office

Fall Envy…

I think I have fall envy. That thought first occurred to me as September 21 was approaching and all of the local and chain coffee shops and microbreweries started touting their pumpkin donuts, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin beer, pumpkin everything. Even my Facebook friends jumped on the pumpkin wagon, sharing photos of their steaming pumpkin creations […]

via Catch Me, I’m Falling — Nitty Gritty Dirt Man

Aussie hinterland…

Once you’ve cleared Nerang, you’re in the mountains. It only takes about 40 or so minutes to get to this point – so close! I often wonder why I don’t come out here more, knowing the simple answer is time. My camera, Nana Mouskouri and The Seekers are keeping me company. There’s something special about […]

via A Drive in the Hinterland — vidinsinbrisbane

Pink woods…

from the edge of the pink woods step into wonderland

via At Beauty’s Behest — leaf and twig

Tulips in Moscow?

Winters in Moscow are harsh and very long, but knowing that they are only temporary makes them bearable. You know Winter is over as soon as the first tulips start appearing all over the city. I love how the city explodes in colour after the long cold winter! All the parks and flower beds all […]

via Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary Tulips in Moscow — Janaline’s world journey

Walls and steps…

Back again with another selection of photos sharing with you interesting walls and steps we have discovered during our garden visiting adventures. Let us start at Powys Castle near Welshpool in the Welsh county of Powys, which is built on such a steeply sloping site that there is the need for many steps to get […]

via Garden Walls and Steps – part 4 of a very occasional series — greenbenchramblings

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