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Over the years, PlayGroundology has received lots of wonderful comments from readers and play enthusiasts around the world. It is a real pleasure to think that in some small ways the blog is helping to inspire people to advocate for a greater variety of public play spaces for kids. Today, a comment arrived from Hong […]

via From Hong Kong with Love — PlayGroundology

Well seasoned…

Good gardeners learn to time their work according to the seasons, but when do the seasons begin and end? There are different ways to divide up a year into seasons, changing when each actual season starts. Seasons can be meteorological or more traditionally astronomical, so which is which and how do you convert between the […]

via Understanding Seasons – Northern and Southern Hemisphere, Meteorological and Astronomical — Deep Green Permaculture

Risky play…

Australian broadcaster’s SBS Dateline No Rules School minidoc is a quick primer on risky play. Swanson School in Auckland, New Zealand is a place that kids the world over would overwhelmingly vote ‘best school ever’ and ‘school I’d most like to attend’. When our three young ones saw it, they couldn’t believe their eyes. If […]

via Swanson – World Capital for Risky Play in Public Schools — PlayGroundology

Layers of Colour…

Today’s Lake Michigan sunset was beautiful as layers of color filled the sky from blue to various shades of yellow, orange and gold over the darkening waves of the lake. Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

via Layers of Color — Photo Nature Blog

Natural pest control techniques such as companion planting can control most of your small garden pests such as insects, but what can gardeners do about birds and animals? The seasonal event of birds and other critters stripping fruit trees clean is nothing new for farmers, but urban gardeners are now seeing more birds, rats, possums, […]

via Netting Fruit Trees for Pest Control — Deep Green Permaculture

In Vino Veritas…

In Roman times, wine making was a simple affair. The grapes were crushed and stored in large clay amphoras where the fermentation occurred naturally. The skins, seeds, and stems were stirred. Then, the pomace fell to the bottom of the amphora, acting as a filter so that the wine, extracted through a spigot, ran clear. Wine […]

via In vino veritas — Salt of Portugal

Dirge in woods…

Dirge in Woods by George Meredith A wind sways the pines, And below Not a breath of wild air; Still as the mosses that glow On the flooring and over the lines Of the roots here and there. The pine-tree drops its dead; They are quiet, as under the sea. Overhead, overhead Rushes life in […]

via Inside a coniferous forest — The official blog for the North York Moors National Park

Natural elements…

Marshalls is pleased to announce the latest edition to its Street Furniture portfolio. The Natural Elements range is a modular, coordinated range, inspired by biophilic design and elements from the natural environment. The range aims to introduce natural forms, patterns and materials into urban spaces, integrating planting areas within a modular seating system. Natural Elements […]

via Natural Elements Range from Marshalls — Architecture, Design & Innovation

In 1928, Southern Railway advised ‘there is so much open country all around Grove Park that no one need fear for the present it is going to become a part of London’. (1) This was ironic given that its book was intended to promote the growth of suburbia (and lucrative commuterdom) on London’s fringes. It […]

via The Grove Park Estate, Lewisham: ‘a real “Garden City”‘ — Municipal Dreams

Curved air…

A rare example of a 19th century curvilinear glasshouse has been restored at the National Trust’s Quarry Bank in Cheshire after a year-long restoration project. The 1820s glasshouse was built to supply the owners of Quarry Bank mill, the Greg family, with tender fruit of the time, such as grapes and peaches. Its innovative design […]

via Ahead of the curve: innovative 19th century curved glasshouse is restored to its former glory — National Trust Press Office


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