Tag Archives: environment

Hedgerow Harvest

I can’t help but be filled with glee around this time of year when the autumnal equinox arrives in the Northern Hemisphere and like magic, hedgerows everywhere dress themselves in jewel-toned berries, hips and haws. John Keats encapsulated the season in … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Rivers

While writing about the Castel Sant’Angelo on the banks of the Tiber, it struck me that some of my favourite cities are dominated by their rivers; Rome’s Tiber, Dublin’s Liffey, New York’s Hudson and London’s majestic Thames. Here are a … Continue reading

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10 thoughts for Earth Day

I spent Earth Day in the best possible way, elbow deep in dirt, working the soil and sowing seeds. As I was preparing a small vegetable patch, I spotted a wild rabbit just a few feet away watching my progress … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Clean

I’ve just been catching up on the week’s news and I audibly (and, it turns out, appropriately) gasped when I read this article in The Guardian about Beijing’s pollution crisis and canned air – or the alternative, bagged mountain air as … Continue reading

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Sonic Bloom

There’s a fabulous new art exhibit at Seattle Center that I’m hoping is here to stay because it’s so much fun. Created by artist and sculptor Dan Corson, Sonic Bloom consists of five giant solar-powered flowers reaching up to 40 … Continue reading

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Fin Art & Kite Hill

My vote for best place to fly a kite in Seattle goes to Magnuson Park’s Kite Hill. My pal Sylvia and I took her dogs for a ramble there last week and explored a small part of this huge park … Continue reading

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Blue trees

I’m not going to lie to you; I was a little stumped when I first saw the forest of blue trees outside Westlake Center in Seattle. For a city that I love for its environmentally aware and eco-friendly ethos, painting … Continue reading

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US road trip day 19 – Golden Gate Bridge and el Diablo

Follow the trip from the beginning here. The next morning found our truck and all our belongings safe and sound, just as the security guards had promised us the night before. We didn’t waste any time getting back on the road; … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Mountains

It’s hard to beat the soaring majesty of mountains. It’s also apparently hard to define exactly what a mountain is. Countries around the globe use factors such as height, elevation, relief and volume in a vain attempt to define them. … Continue reading

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US Road Trip day 17.1 – Bigfoot and Zion

Follow the trip from the beginning here. We woke yet again to a tent full of steamy air, because we’d forgotten to move the tent to a shady spot the day before. The sun beat down relentlessly so I wriggled out … Continue reading

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