How one travel-writer's innovative journey round the Welsh coast led to a starring role for her four-legged companion
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Monday 18 January 2010
Monday 14 December 2009
Cape Town is not exactly short of decent views. But the vista from Philip Le Roux's office window is breathtaking. Laid out before him are the sumptuous gardens of Kirstenbosch and the mountains behind as a backdrop, as if in a painting.
Monday 23 November 2009
Saturday 14 November 2009
Faced with a plot of ground to turn into a garden, a new gardener's instinct is to tackle the edges first, to work round the boundary. Perhaps this is a remnant of some atavistic urge to mark territory. Dogs lift legs. We plant clematis. Whatever the reason, it usually leads to a particular sort of garden layout: borders, generally too narrow to build up any depth in plant groups, all the way round the edge of the plot, a path making another circuit round the inside edge of the borders, or, if money and energy run out, leading up just one side of the plot, parallel with the boundary. There will be a bit of terracing or decking next to the house. Whatever ground is left becomes lawn. The centre of a design such as this becomes a centre by default, not so much a designed shape as a random happening.
Sunday 25 October 2009
Sunday 25 October 2009
Sunday 18 October 2009
Legends of the fall: The golden, dying sunlight of autumn makes even drying seedheads look spectacular
Sunday 04 October 2009
Dylan Thomas said we should rage against the dying of the light. Though I can imagine many of us feel like stomping at the very least while the autumn nights get shorter, the dying of the light does have some advantages. As winter draws in, the sun moves through a lower arc in the sky, and light angles in the garden become much longer and more golden, lighting up leaves and drying seedheads as dusk approaches. And as we move closer to the winter solstice, the sun doesn't just travel a lower ' path across the sky, it also rises and sets further to the south every day, narrowing the angle from which sunlight appears.
Wednesday 30 September 2009
An investigation is under way after at least three dogs died and more fell ill after visiting a woodland area, Natural England said today.
Friday 31 July 2009
Deep in the Los Angeles suburb of Silverlake, the long-dormant seeds of shoegazer drone-rock pioneers like Spacemen 3 and My Bloody Valentine are finally bearing fruit through bands including Silversun Pickups and now Darker My Love, whose second album becomes the band's first UK release.
Sunday 26 July 2009
Some bands, you feel, work out what they want to sound like and then strive to capture the idea they have in their head.
Sunday 19 July 2009
Admittedly, it wasn't the best chip shot you've ever seen but it certainly didn't deserve the scorn that has been heaped on it over the past few days at Turnberry.
Wednesday 15 July 2009
Monday 15 June 2009
Thursday 04 June 2009
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