Open Gardens- Probably Britain’s Best Kept Secret

I walk past 15th and 16th century houses in my village every day with their thatched roofs, cob walls, and character windows. One house always has the most wonderful perfumed roses with fragrance drifting over the wall of the back garden. I have always been curious as to what else is in that garden and…

Zen in Medellin

I had always imagined Medellin to be a dangerous city on the edge but first impressions changed all that. Right in the city centre is Barefoot Park- a public space for people to de-stress. How could I resist an hour exploring and how would this change my perception of Medellin? Built 14 years ago by…

The Bluebells at Duncliffe Woods

A forest transformed into a blue idyll. That is the joy of bluebell season- a short but strikingly beautiful time of year. One of my personal joys each year is to walk in a bluebell wood. Traditional ancient woodlands in the UK are carpeted with bluebells each spring and are a truly spectacular sight. Duncliffe…

Gardens in Shiraz

The scent of orange blossom filled the air as I entered the gardens in the historic Citadel in Shiraz. Carpets of Persian buttercups covered the lawns. This was just one of several magnificent gardens in Shiraz. Persian gardens typically have a classic structure. They are formal with stone water features running through them which feed…