Travel

In a Tuscan Garden

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  My job takes me to all sorts of interesting places, some nice, some not so nice, but always interesting. This week I have […]

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Anything Fauxs

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  I have just returned from my annual pilgrimage to Christmas World, Europe’s biggest Christmas trade fair. Had I not known where I was, […]

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Fogbound

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I managed to spend a whole 20 hours in the UK between trips to the USA and Amsterdam. In that time I unpacked, repacked, […]

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Saying it with Flowers

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  Two subjects I prefer not to write about in this blog are my day job and artificial flowers. Today I make an exception, […]

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Moving Mountains

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  You may ask what is interesting about the photograph at the top of this post. It is, after all, a view out of […]

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A Walk in the Park

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  They say “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. In order to avoid falling into the same trap as Jack, […]

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A Case for Daydreaming

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  There is a great deal to recommend letting your mind wander aimlessly, and yet how often do we allow ourselves to daydream? At […]

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Pretty in Pink: Podranea ricasoliana 

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Draped elegantly over the high walls surrounding Marrakech’s wealthier villas and riads is an elegant climber known variously as pink trumpet vine, Queen of […]

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Being Mindful in Marrakech

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For someone who is building a library, I don’t read a great deal. I am not a great one for sitting and relaxing, nor […]

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Il Giardino di Boboli, Florence

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  The Medici of Florence were not only one of the richest families in Europe for a time, but also phenomenal garden makers. They […]

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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

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  This week an Italian described their country to me as “Third World”. I may only be a visitor, but I could not agree […]

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