The secret wonders of Kew Gardens Tropical Nursery…

Tucked away in a leafy corner behind a pair of Victorian wrought-iron gates lies Kew Gardens Tropical Nursery. It’s a hot, misty place, filled with intriguing and bizarre wonders of the natural world, from the world’s largest flower to the tiniest lily. The Nursery is where Kew do research, conservation work, and look after rare … Continue reading The secret wonders of Kew Gardens Tropical Nursery…

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Costa Rica, a tropical paradise filled with sloths and parrots

Regularly labelled the happiest, greenest and most sustainable country in the world, Costa Rica is a tropical haven in the heart of Central America. The country relies mostly on renewable energy, it doesn’t have an army and it's home to the world’s most adorable creature: THE SLOTH. To summarise, Costa Rica is about as close as … Continue reading Costa Rica, a tropical paradise filled with sloths and parrots

Misadventures with a wildflower window box

I had high hopes for our balcony when I started gardening in September last year. I saw our modest concrete enclosure through rose, tulip and poppy-tinted spectacles. It would become an urban jungle, I thought, filled with hanging baskets brimming with trailing ivy and big, beaming flowers, birds and bees making the glorious space their home. It would … Continue reading Misadventures with a wildflower window box

Now playing// Soundtrack to a grey sky summer

When summer arrives, I'm never usually completely satisfied. I have romantic visions of sunny parks brimming with flowers, barbecues and pimms. FRISBEE. The sickly sweet smell of suncream. Maybe even the chance to venture outside without a coat on. I forget the reality. Skin prickled with goosebumps, the sun staying stubbornly tucked under a cloud. The feeling … Continue reading Now playing// Soundtrack to a grey sky summer

Things NOT to take to Glastonbury

Glastonbury festival. Image by jaswooduk from UK (Glastonbury 2011) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Whenever I go to a festival I always ask the Internet what to pack, and the Internet usually obliges with handy blogposts and checklists for me to use as inspiration when creating my own list. Over the years I have managed (despite all that faffing around) to screw myself over in some way or the … Continue reading Things NOT to take to Glastonbury

How to save the environment and get hair like Kate Middleton

Bicarbonate of soda and apple cider vinegar DIY shampoo recipe

This story starts in the past, so please dear readers, conjure a flashback harp song in your head and set your mind back to six weeks ago…. **** When Gavin arrived home one Sunday afternoon, he made the mistake of telling me my hair looked nice. I leapt up from the sofa with barely contained excitement. … Continue reading How to save the environment and get hair like Kate Middleton