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Frosted daisy (Bellis perennis), November 24, 2014

At last we have had our first white frost of the autumn here in Cardiff – on Monday, November 24. I was up and out to Llandaff Fields early to try to catch some images before the sun warmed it away. (more…)

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The Royal Mint at Llantrisant, here in Wales, has struck a special Alderney £5 coin to commemorate the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth – click on the image to find out more

This year sees the centenary of the birth of wonderful Welsh writer Dylan Thomas and celebrations have been going on throughout 2014. But today, October 27, is his birthday. He was born in Swansea just after the outbreak of World War I.

Much has been written (more…)

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Owl mural near Wood Street, Cardiff, October 23, 2014

I just had to share this wonderful owl mural that appeared overnight on a wall next to our office in the centre of Cardiff. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there on Wednesday, but yesterday you couldn’t miss it.

There have been many artful surprises in recent weeks as part of the Empty Walls project, which finishes this weekend. Assorted paintings have appeared on many grotty buildings, empty hoardings and fences around derelict sites. I don’t know if they will all magically disappear or be whitewashed at the end of the festival, but I hope not.

The owl is signed PeacefulProgress.co.uk, so here’s a link to that artist’s website.

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The owl in context, with Cardiff’s central bus station to the right

I don’t know enough about it to write much more, but here are a couple of illustrated stories other people have written on the festival…

WalesOnline: Empty Walls Project brightening up Cardiff city centre

Creative Hacks: Street art spotting at Empty Walls, Cardiff

Empty Walls Festival blogspot

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Autumn gold in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff, on October 20 – these are small linden trees (or as we call them in Britain, limes)

At last it feels like autumn. There is a nip in the air in the morning and the trees are finally surrendering their leaves – although every tree seems to do this at a different rate.

I visited Llandaff Fields in Cardiff (more…)

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Golden ash in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff, on October 2, 2014

I found autumn the other day, in a usually unvisited quarter – the very far corner of Llandaff Fields in Cardiff, right beside the main road.

Here stand a row of golden ash trees. Not just (more…)

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Yucca filamentosa at Powis Castle, August 2014

A decade ago, when I was doing a gardening correspondence course, I chose to write about the gardens of Powis Castle, which is perched high on a narrow ridge near Welshpool in Mid Wales. But I wrote about it without ever having been there and it has taken me until now to make the journey.

We visited in August this year and as it belongs to the National Trust and we are members, it felt like we got in to see everything free! (more…)

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Hornbeam leaves and fruit, September 8, 2014…

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Patience is a virtue I don’t have. But “my” hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) is in no hurry to embrace Autumn (which our transatlantic cousins call Fall). So my most recent visit to the tree in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff, was a little bit disappointing.

Thanks to Lucy Corrander’s Loose and Leafy blog, a whole bunch of us are “following a tree” and reporting back every month on what’s been happening. I left my September visit as late as I could, in the hope of seeing a seasonal change.

I always say I love Autumn, but (more…)

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