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Graham Lee – Archaeological Officer ‘Rock Art’ in archaeological terms consists of markings made by human beings on exposed stone surfaces. The earliest rock art from around the world has been dated to between 10,000-50,000 years ago, whereas within the North York Moors National Park the rock art appears to belong to the time span […]

via Leaving a mark — The official blog for the North York Moors National Park

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Small-space gardening is becoming increasingly popular as outdoor spaces and gardens get progressively smaller in urban areas. There are many ways to maximise the use of limited available space, and one of the best ways is vertical gardening, growing upwards rather than outwards! Gardeners are very resourceful, and in the gardening world there are many […]

via Garden Arches, Vertical Gardening for More Growing Area in Small Spaces — Deep Green Permaculture

Last week’s post examined the huge growth of council housing that took place in Gateshead in the aftermath of World War One. Although some 10,500 children were evacuated at the beginning of the Second World War in September 1939, the town – despite being a major industrial centre – suffered very little from the wartime […]

via Council Housing in Gateshead, part II post-1945: ‘The world has moved on’ — Municipal Dreams

The Dão river lends its name to one of the most important wine regions in Portugal. Demarcated in 1908, it has granitic soils and remarkable indigenous varietals like the red Touriga Nacional and the white Encruzado. Dão wines are full of character, much like the people who live in this area. They can be brash […]

via The Dão wine region — Salt of Portugal

If you know Winchester – or think you do – you probably think of its cathedral or maybe the College; a county town and one-time capital of England. It’s a beautiful city which I know well and one of the country’s least affordable places to live where the average house costs over £555,000. (1) You […]

via Council Housing in Winchester – Part I to 1939: ‘these houses will be the most sought after in Winchester’ — Municipal Dreams

As I typed the title of this post, the song from ‘Oliver’ burst from my lips making the Colonel leap up from his slumber in bewilderment. It was, after all only six o’clock in the morning. “Sorry darling. Got a bit carried away.” He made a harrumphing, grumbling noise to make his displeasure known and […]

via Food Glorious Food! — How I Killed Betty!

Do you remember Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana)? It used to be my number one plant for filling containers all over the shady Back Garden, providing bountiful and vibrant color from May to September. Starting around 2011, though, the scourge of Impatiens Downy Mildew (IDM), caused gardeners everywhere to turn their backs on the stricken plants.

via Good News for Shady Gardens — gardeninacity

We made one of our frequent visits to Wildegoose Nursery and Gardens in the middle of July on a warm bright day. We were pleased to find a new sign at the entrance to the nursery and garden, a beautiful coloured plan of the walled garden. Also new was an area of planting alongside the […]

via seasonal visits to two very different gardens – mid-summer at Wildegoose nursery and gardens — greenbenchramblings

The woodland may not look much in August apart from being a relatively cool and shady place, but I know that in early spring it will be awash with, in succession, primroses, wood anemones, snakeshead fritillaries, bluebells and wild garlic. Other than the addition of the bulbs, rhizomes and primrose plants, it has changed little […]

via A Critical Eye, Part 1: Some Positives — Rambling in the Garden

Winterbourne was built in 1904 for John and Margaret Nettlefold and bequeathed to the University of Birmingham 40 years later by John Macdonald Nicolson. Follow our dedicated team of archivists as they explore Winterbourne’s past and share with you the special objects, photographs and documents contained within the Winterbourne Archives. John Sutton Nettlefold’s work as…

via News from the Archives: The Political Life of John Nettlefold, 1901-6 — Winterbourne House and Garden

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