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Everything Tree

Spotted this in my local park, someone kindly put up tinsel & baubles, but what’s the dog collar doing? Die the dog spontaneously combust, or run so .much it became too small for the collar?

Frog With Flowers

This is in Bite Park, Cardiff but I have no idea what it means. Flowers often mean a fatality site but this seems unlikely as there is no information A strange take on Xmas? Do frogs celebrate it? Hmm

The English Garden

The English are notoriously fond of their gardens, and some claim that the style that emerged in the early 18th century is the only genuinely English art form, a layout that replaced rigid lines and vast intensely cultivated plots with sinuous paths and more naturalistic design. This is from “The Georgian Triumph, 1700-1830”, by Michael … Continue reading

Scrivens Conduit

Scrivens Conduit

This is a companion piece in Hillfield Park, is also listed as grade II* and a scheduled monument. It was originally on Southgate Street in 1636 as a public water outlet, paid for by Alderman John Scriven. The water came from Robinswood Hill springs, possibly following a Roman conduit It is an odd mix of … Continue reading

King’s Board

King’s Board

This is an extraordinary survivor, and is now in Hillfield Park, on London Road. Its origin is unclear, but seems to have been erected as a rectangular structure in the 14thcentury in Westgate street in the town centre. Tradition is that it was presented to the city by King Richard II. It may have been … Continue reading

Crucible – Gloucester Cathedral

Crucible – Gloucester Cathedral

This is an amazing free exhibition of site specific sculpture by some of the biggest names in the business, in and around Gloucester Cathedral. They include the likes of Eduardo Paolozzi, David Nash, Henry More and younger artists like Gavin Turk, Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Angust Fairhurst and my favourite, Peter Randall-Page, whose work is … Continue reading

Who Needs GM?

Here’s a not of cross breeding courtesy of a gardener at St Fagans folk museum She crossed a melon with a cucumber so calls it a cucumelon Tastes ok This is the plant

Dreary Lane Kew

Some more from the Epicure s Almanack: In going up Dreary Lane that leads to Richmond you pass the east boundary wall of Kew Gardens, extending more than a mile in length. This dead wall used to have a most grazing and tedious effect on the eye of a pedestrian; but a poor mendicant crippled … Continue reading

Welsh Rocks

Wales is full of bits of archaeology often in the most ordinary sites. This is – I assume- a piece of garden ornament in the former mayor’ s house. Here’s a real iron age grave, looted of its contents long ago

After the Storm

It had been a rather scary few days watching the huge trees in our yard thrashing in the wind, but my plants are well sheltered. This gladioli looks like it took a hit but the soil is so thin it started lurching & is now being propped up by the lavender which is rearing out … Continue reading