Something for Everyone

It has been an almost perfect Easter weekend. There’s been sunshine for outdoor DIY, rain for the plants (they needed it) and sufficient time to actually get things done. We’ve seen friends, taken our new car for a spin in the countryside, been to the beach, played hide-and-seek and supped a fair few pints of ale. Our little […]

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Plant Portraits: Osmanthus fragrans (Guìhuā (桂花) or Sweet Olive)

It is customary in Hong Kong for 5 star hotels to have a house fragrance, pumped into lobbies in heady clouds and sold at great expense in the gift shop. However, it’s not often one steps out of a car onto the street in China to be greeted by a similar olfactory experience. In fact […]

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Sleepless in Saigon

One week in and I’m at the stage when I can count the number of hours sleep I get each night on one hand. Tomorrow will offer no respite as I head onwards to India. The upside of being in Vietnam is the food, which is as fresh as a daisy and tastier than any […]

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Bountiful Broadstairs

Having started the week on a foodie theme, I thought I’d continue. It is harvest time after all, and rain has stopped play in the garden. Last weekend saw the fourth annual Broadstairs Food Festival, just 2 minutes walk from our seaside home. What started as a small local affair has grown rapidly into an […]

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The Goods Shed, Canterbury

Now I appreciate this is something of a diversion from gardening, but the second love of my life (family and friends apart) is food. And if you love great food, you will love The Goods Shed, a daily farmers’ market, food hall and restaurant in Canterbury. This brilliant establishment began ten years ago at a […]

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