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For decades, Joe and I — first, as tourists; now, as residents — have looked around South Florida and said, “Florida, my Eden.” We’ve said it as we’ve marveled at the lush tree canopy of botanical gardens, as we’ve gazed at tables of flowers and fields of shrubs and trees in local nurseries, as we’ve […]

via Living And Working In Eden — Nitty Gritty Dirt Man

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Consensus is growing among scientists from a range of climate centres across the world that a weak El Niño is likely to occur during the coming northern hemisphere winter. Professor Adam Scaife is the head of long-term to decadal climate prediction at the Met Office Hadley Centre. Commenting on the expectations of an El Niño this […]

via A weak El Niño is likely — Official blog of the Met Office news team

Georges Michel (1763-1843) by Hope Jahren A seed is alive while it waits. Every acorn on the ground is just as alive as the three-hundred-year-old oak tree that towers over it. Neither the seed nor the old oak is growing; they are both just waiting. What each seed is waiting for is known only […]

via Study of a Tree — Secret Gardener

Have you ever walked in to a pub and seen a scene like this? This panel portrays a traditional pub scene unlike we see now. It was created by the Norwich artist, John Moray-Smith in the middle of the twentieth century. This artist’s work appears on the outside of buildings and inside of pubs across […]

via John Moray-Smith panel — Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Color has an incredible impact on brain functioning. The right colors help our brains work more effectively. We can harness this knowledge to maximize our brain functioning and increase the quality of our lives. Color Affects the Brain by Stimulating the Release of Certain Hormones Scientifically, color impacts the brain by causing the hypothalamus to…

via How Color Affects Brain Functioning — Outside The Lines

Skimming inches above the ground attached to a pulley hurtling down the line is an adrenalin charged zip, zip hooray moment. A steady stream of kids cycles through to the top of one of the twin ‘towers’ preparing to be airborne. Two zip lines, four feet apart are an invitation for back and forth races […]

via Zip zip hooray — PlayGroundology

Without meaning to harp on about it too much, whilst cycling for the best part of a month in France, I had only myself for company. I talked to myself, sang to myself, told myself funny little stories (and laughed at them – yes I am suitably strange) and cried to myself. I regularly bored […]

via Solitude … Necessary or Not? — How I Killed Betty!

In Keep Calm and Grow Your Own I was pondering the wisdom of stockpiling a few essentials in case Brexit causes some disruption to our (rather precarious) food supplies, but also thinking about what we could grow next year – to keep us fed in the (probably unlikely) event that those disruptions are going. The…

via Planning the Brexit garden — The Unconventional Gardener

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