Gardens and Heritage of West Cork

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 in Gardening | no responses

Want to kick back a bit in Ireland’s scenic destination of West Cork on the Wild Atlantic Way? Here is a suggested itinerary based in scenic Skibbereen, the hub of West Cork, exploring exquisite gardens and heritage sites. DAY 1 Travel to Inish Beg Estate in Baltimore, West Cork and take a tour of the […]

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The Gardens of Marrakech

Posted on May 29, 2015 in Gardening | no responses

  Until the end of the 19th century, Marrakech was known as the “garden city”, because of its huge gardens and the immense palm grove surrounding it. The majority of the gardens, which are called “agdal”, were not just recreational, but actual functioning orchards. They were equipped with large ponds for irrigation, and pavilions where […]

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A tale of two parks in Dublin

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 in Dublin | no responses

  Dublin’s Fair City has undoubtedly given much to the descendants of Arthur Guinness whose St James Gate Brewery gave a distinctive waft of roasted barley to the banks of the River Liffey and whose ships transporting the “Black Stuff” were a feature of the quayside opposite the Custom House when I was growing up […]

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Gardens of Buckinghamshire

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 in Gardening | 2 comments

  Every year the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) gardens across England and Wales welcome about 750,000 visitors. Most gardens which open for the NGS are privately owned and open just a few times each year. Some gardens open as part of a group with the whole community involved. The gardens give all the money raised […]

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Richard Turner’s Glasshouses

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 in Architecture | one comment

The Temperate House Kew Gardens has announced the future of its historic Temperate House conservatory has been saved thanks to a massive cash injection totalling £33million. Visitors to the 300 acre gardens just across Kew Bridge on the border with Brentford can’t have failed to notice the glory days of the biggest of all its […]

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West Garden – Castle Caldwell

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 in Gardening | no responses

  There was a time before this year’s Great English Monsoon (aka summer) when the West Garden at Castle Caldwell was a temple to Floribunda. However, the weather this year has been dreadful with June the dullest and wettest on record. Weather forecasts contain the key phrase “a month’s rain will fall in 24 hours” […]

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My favourite Christmas Carols

Posted on Dec 25, 2011 in Gardening | 3 comments

Why should somebody who believes Man created God Blog about Christmas Carols? Well, maybe because they are an important cultural artefact in their own right, an important part of our musical tradition and the culture of communities who came together in the dark and hungry nights of mid winter. They are not Folk Songs for […]

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Spring has sprung!

Posted on Apr 17, 2010 in Gardening | no responses

Cherry Blossom It is a beautiful spring Saturday here in the Chiltern Hills and the Vale of Aylesbury. Outside I’m inspired by my own personal talisman of spring, the Cherry Tree in the front garden whose cherry blossoms are even more vigorous and bountiful after the long cold winter. These blossoms and the bulbs, primroses […]

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Gardens of Marrakech

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 in Gardening | one comment

Menara Gardens Until the end of the 19th century, Marrakech was known as the “garden city”, because of its huge gardens and the immense palm grove surrounding it. The majority of the gardens, which are called “agdal”, were not just recreational, but actual functioning orchards. They were equipped with large ponds for irrigation, and pavilions […]

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Botanic Gardens Dublin

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 in Gardening | no responses

Botanic Gardens_HDR, originally uploaded by roryhogan. My good buddy Rory Hogan is a talented photographer and has some outstanding photos on Flickr. My own favourites are his superb studies of one of my favourite places and a childhood haunt in Dublin, the National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin. See also; http://daithaic.blogspot.com/2008/01/botanic-gardens-glasnevin-dublin_31.htmlFor more gardening Blogs see on […]

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The Eagle On London

King’s Cross Tube Disaster

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Crush on The Tube

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Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs

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Green Lanes on The Tube

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