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While in Phoenix we got to see Taliesin West, which was Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home – as well as his architecture school and laboratory. Its 600 acres are located on the outskirts of Scottsdale, a Phoenix suburb. It’s open to the public, but you have to buy tickets in advance and go on a […]

via Frank Lloyd Wright’s Desert Inspiration — gardeninacity

Reporting on children and play is becoming more of a thing. First and foremost, this is wonderful for kids. It means greater public prominence given to play related issues and successes. News publications, broadcasters and online media sources are reporting on the needs, trends, shortfalls and benefits of play. Here’s a dozen stories from the […]

via 2019 Media Perspectives on Play – An Even Dozen — PlayGroundology

MEET Jimmy ‘Tich’ McCann (pictured). Jimmy was a well-known newspaper seller and ‘bootblack’ on the streets of Perth, Western Australia, during the 1930s. The ‘old fella’ loved his beer – especially upside down. You see, Jimmy claimed he could make… Read More › The post Perth newspaper vendor, Jimmy could make beer run up hill…

via Perth newspaper vendor, Jimmy could make beer run up hill — TIME GENTS

In last week’s post, we saw how Shrewsbury Borough Council had built homes even before 1914 and had built on a large scale after 1918. A second world war created new needs and ambitions in its aftermath. In fact, the Borough emerged from war largely unscathed – just two bombs fell on the town – […]

via Council Housing in Shrewsbury, Part II: the Post-War Housing Drive — Municipal Dreams

My final offering in this series of pictures from our trip to New Zealand in February2019. I hope you’ve enjoyed them…so many more I could have shared!

Tourists might know Shrewsbury as a town with over 660 listed buildings, ‘full of higgledy-piggledy streets with names you want to say out loud’. (1) As a working town and somewhere to live, council housing has been equally important to its past and present and the council took an early, innovative role after some initial […]

via Council Housing in Shrewsbury, Part I: ‘Shrewsbury’s first garden suburb’ — Municipal Dreams

We spent a bright Winter morning with Jorge Serôdio Borges in Vale de Mendiz. He met us at Wine & Soul, the winery where, together with his wife Sandra Tavares da Silva, he is making some of the Douro’s most iconic wines. Jorge showed us the granite tanks where the hand-picked grapes are treaded by foot, […]

via The wines of Wine & Soul — Salt of Portugal

Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ is a popular Japanese Maple noted for its very deep reddish-purple foliage. The leaves have 5-7 slender-pointed lobes, and hold their colour well during the autumn – usually turning an attractive red colour. Small purple flowers appear shortly after the leaves fully emerge in the spring, and are followed by…

via ACER PALMATUM ‘BLOODGOOD’ — The Garden of Eaden

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