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As soon as we entered, we felt that there was something special about Gadanha, a small restaurant in downtown Estremoz. The back wall is decorated with a chocolate cake recipe hand written by Michele Marques, the Brazilian chef who runs the restaurant. The dining room is furnished with old chairs and tables that give the […]

via Extraordinary food in Estremoz — Salt of Portugal

Why organic?

I am a long term Organic Gardener and I often get asked why I bother, well here are 10 very good reasons why!1. It’s healthier for the soilYour soil will become healthier. A rich, healthy soil is the answer to almost everything! Artificial fertilisers damage the soil, weaken your plants and pollute the water supply.2.…

via Organic gardening — The Compost Bin

According to JB Priestley, a proud native of the city, ‘Bradford was considered the most progressive place in the United Kingdom’ before the First World War. (1) He referred to the vibrant cultural life of the town as much as its politics but we’ll concentrate on the latter and, in particular, the struggle to build […]

via Bradford’s Pre-1914 Council Housing: a ‘victory in one of the earliest of conflicts between property and life’ — Municipal Dreams

RSPB garden watch…

This year the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch takes place over three days for the first time, running from Saturday 28 January to Monday 30 January, this means that if you are busy over the weekend or the weather is bad you still have the option to take part on the Monday – you could even do it […]

via Get ready for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch it’s over 3 days this year — Gardening with Children


Returning to a second post about Attingham Park, we would like to introduce you to another part of this Shropshire National Trust property. The One Mile Walk was our chosen walk on a November afternoon visit to Attingham Park. We only had a short amount of time available as the light disappears far too early […]

via A Walk in the Park – Part Two – The One Mile Walk — greenbenchramblings

Back around the turn of the 20th Century, a developer named Abbott Kinney and his partners bought the land which is now Venice, California. Their idea was to create a beach resort for day trippers from Los Angeles, a sort of Coney Island West. Just one problem: the land was mostly a swamp (they didn’t […]

via The Canals of Venice (California) — gardeninacity

Probably the best-known sandstone formations at Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park are the ones that people have nicknamed beehives. Here’s an example from our visit on October 24, 2016. Notice how one set of compact rock layers slices across many thicker layers. © 2017 Steven Schwartzman

via Beehive — Portraits of Wildflowers

Singapore stopover…

On our way back from New Zealand we spent a couple of nights in Singapore – for the second time in three years. It was the hot and humid rainy season (34° and 90% humidity) but nonetheless it is a fascinating place to visit and having discovered how cheap the taxis were, we only walked…

via Singapore Stopover — The Enduring Gardener

In readiness for my new monthly visit blog postings for 2017 we have visited Attingham Park our subject for next year a few times during the late autumn and early winter to walk the paths and introduce them to you. Today it is the turn of the World War II Walk, a walk we had […]

via A Walk in the Park – 3 -The WW2 Walk — greenbenchramblings

I got close to a substantial Joshua tree a few miles north of Barstow, California, on October 25. Despite the common designation of “tree” based on the presence of bark and a sturdy trunk, the scientific name Yucca brevifolia tells us that the plant is actually a yucca. Surprise. A closer look at a cluster […]

via A botanical surprise — Portraits of Wildflowers


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