The Topiary Thieves

My regular trips to China offer few opportunities to observe nature up close. By and large I’m confined to big, ugly cities few people in the UK have heard of, but today I am in Hangzhou which must be one of the greenest and smartest cities around. On my last visit I wrote about the […]

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Summer Serendipity

The English language is full of wonderful words, if only one can find the opportunity to use them. Thought to be one of the hardest words to translate into other tongues is ‘serendipity’, meaning ‘the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it’. And so it was, by taking a […]

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Houghton Lodge Gardens, Hampshire

It came as no great surprise to learn that Houghton Lodge was once voted one of the most desirable houses in England. A letter to the current owners from a passer by, politely offering to buy the house, is framed and displayed in the visitor area. Whilst admittedly cheeky, I suspect it merely commits to […]

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Felley Priory, Nottinghamshire

It’s always good to get away from the big smoke and better still to have the opportunity to visit new gardens in unfamiliar places. So on our way up to Yorkshire for our friends’ wedding we took a very short detour off the M1 to visit Felley Priory, a garden of about 2.5 acres. The […]

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