Archive for December, 2017


Casa Batlló is a renowned building located in the center of Barcelona and is one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces Published as part of Wodrless Wednesday

via Gaudí’s Casa Batlló — Janaline’s world journey


Snow attraction…

If we want to get children out of doors and away from screens, we need to up our game – and snowy days help show us the way.

via Snow 1, Snapchat 0 – and why this result matters — Rethinking Childhood

One of my favourite Cathedrals in England is definitely Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire. I have visited this Cathedral a couple of times now and every time I have been amazed at the beauty and architecture of this Cathedral. Ely is only a 25 minute drive from my parents house so it is one of the […]

via Ely Cathedral, a wonder of the Middle Ages — Janaline’s world journey

To Walter de Grasse

Dear Walter,

I hope you and yours have had a great Christmas! We have here with immediate family and some friends to help us celebrate.

As you will appreciate the last month hasn’t seen much action in the garden; mainly clearing leaves (the oaks have yet to give up all their leaves), and planting out of a few choice plants bought (on offer) recently; including some Verbena rigida and a white form of ‘elephant’s ears’. I’ve also managed to get hold of some Monarda (spares from Blickling), some of which I’ve planted out alongside the Kitchen Garden, others potted up for planting later.

I’ve been buying the wood needed to finish the Kitchen Garden so if the weather allows I shall get out and put up the trellis and other structural timber work in readiness for the new growing season.

I mentioned that I’d cleared back some trees along the western boundary and have since planted out a mix of native hedging (Beech, Dog rose, Hawthorn etc.) to fill gaps in the slowly forming hedgeline here.

As there isn’t much to show of Old School Garden, here are a few shots from Blickling taken over recent months. We finished off the year here with lovely party for the garden volunteers and I’m looking forward to another productive year here, especially as the Walled Garden is now pretty much into full production.

So, old friend, we now look forward to lengthening day light and the chance of increasing activity outside. Here’s wishing you, Ferdy and the family all the very best for 2018!

Old School Gardener














London playing…

Exciting news from London’s City Hall: the city is taking seriously the goal of becoming more child-friendly.

via The London Plan is just the start | Child in the City — Rethinking Childhood

Christmas Garland

This year’s garland at Cotehele House, Cornwall

Happy Christmas !

The tree lined front drive at Blickling Hall

Blickling Hall, Norfolk

Walls in Walsall…

This is the first of four posts telling the story of council housing in Walsall. Beyond any local interest, it reflects the dynamics of a wider national history of council housing. That fuller story will be told in my forthcoming book Municipal Dreams: the Rise and Fall of Council Housing which will be published by […]

via Council Housing in Walsall, Part I: Before 1914 and the Impact of War — Municipal Dreams

Topiary twosome…

On my return journey to Scotland from our trip to the Cotswolds in September (see my write-ups on Snowshill and Hidcote), I stopped off at Levens Hall in Cumbria on the recommendation of my mother. Levens Hall has the oldest and most extensive topiary garden in the world, and since topiary is my spirit garden […]

via Two Topiary Gardens — Edinburgh Garden Diary

Screaming play…

There’s a place in the centre of Ottawa that just screams play to me. It’s like an invitation to make believe, to climb, jump, lounge and generally have fun. It’s not designated as a play space but does that really matter? There is a truly inside out aesthetic going on here with what is in […]

via Urban Play Space — PlayGroundology

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