Tales from the Gin & Tonic Garden

  As a rule, I don’t sit down, unless it’s to eat a meal or to work. When I make myself a cup of tea I tend to perch for the first sip and then get on with the next job that needs doing. When I read a book, it’s usually for 15 minutes before […]

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Flower Market Road, Hong Kong

Since the 1970s, Flower Market Road (花墟道) has been the go-to place for plants and flowers in Hong Kong. The term ‘market’ conjures up an image of a large open space packed with stalls, but Hong Kong’s floral focal point is made up of about fifty privately owned shops extending along two parallel streets and […]

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A Mughal Moment

This peaceful shot was taken during my last visit to Delhi in the gardens surrounding Humayun’s tomb. It was early in the morning as the groundsmen cleared leaves from the narrow rills and square pools. Little remains of the vast majority of Mughal gardens. It’s likely that their formal, geometric framework of water, pathways and […]

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Vintage Flowers

Trapped by torrential rain in a Sidmouth bookshop last weekend I stumbled upon a gem of a book.  We didn’t entirely escape the rain, which was dripping ominously through a patch in the ceiling onto a spinner of children’s stories below.   I can’t help feeling a little bit nervous for small bookshops like these. […]

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