Victoria Franklin – Conservation Trainee At the end of October last year it was the turn of this National Park Authority to host the National Park Authorities’ Farm Liaison Officers (FLO) Group Meeting. It was the thirtieth such meeting and we welcomed 23 farm officers from 11 National Parks with attendees from the Brecon Beacons, […]

via Going with the FLO — The official blog for the North York Moors National Park

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

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

The growth of interest in grasses has given a whole new dimension to gardening allowing us to soften our borders, listen to their sounds, enjoy their movement and the special way they catch the light. These three photos were taken in our garden in late December to show how important they are in our gardens. […]

via Grasses at the year’s end. — greenbenchramblings

Since 2013 I have kept a record of what is blooming in the garden on Boxing Day or thereabouts. Although we shared last Christmas with my Mum, because of losing my younger sister earlier this year we were up to Scotland again so were not at home for bloom counting or anything else on Boxing […]

via December Blooms: Out for the Count — Rambling in the Garden

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