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A place to cool off – this fountain in Lyon bears a line of poetry – ‘Permets m’Amour penser quelque folie’, which I have seen translated as ‘Do not chide me for this play on words’, from the 18th sonnet of Louise Labé, who lived in Lyon in the 16th century

We are having a mini heatwave in the UK at the moment and I am struggling to cope. It’s strange how there would be no problem with these temperatures if I were on holiday abroad. I have been going through my old 35mm negatives again and decided to share these images of one of my favourite French cities – Lyon, which sits on the rivers Rhône and Saône not too far from the border with Switzerland.

Once again I realise what better pictures I could take today with a digital camera. But for now I at least have my memories of this sunny city with its wonderful fountains, statues and old buildings. Continue Reading »

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A field of tents beyond the row of elms in Pontcanna Fields

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The 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields saw a different background in early June, as soccer’s European Champions League final came to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

In the game on June 3 Real Madrid beat Juventus by four goals to one, which was a bit disappointing and one-sided after all the build-up.

The whole city was affected and in expectation of a huge number of visitors a special campsite was set up in the fields, right beside the elm trees.
So of course I went to explore a few days before the match. Continue Reading »

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Soldier beetle spotted on my monthly visit to the 100 elms (I guessed Rhagonycha fulva but Paul Seligman thinks it might be Cantharis livida – there are many ‘soldier beetles’) …

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The monthly tree-following link box has now closed for another month. Please explore everyone’s updates below.

Here in Cardiff June has started with cold, wet and windy weather after a hot, dry and sunny spell in May.

I have made my monthly visit to the 100 elm trees I am following in Cardiff’s Pontcanna Fields and shared a post, but here are a couple of pictures taken of a nearby maple tree. Continue Reading »

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Three books I read recently…

In January I signed up to the Reading Challenge on Jera’s Jamboree (details here). Shaz was encouraging us to step outside our comfort zone and read books we might not have considered before.

I decided to read something from EVERY category listed and you can see how I am getting on by looking at my blog page here.

Occasionally I will do a review and this time I am making notes on a non-fiction book, a book of poetry and a book chosen for me. Continue Reading »

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A palm tree in the Ninfarium at Aberglasney House

A few weeks ago I published some spring views of Aberglasney Gardens in Carmarthenshire, but I saved some pictures for another day. Here they are – images of the Ninfarium and the Cloister Garden, which have in common a close association between plants and old stone walls. Continue Reading »

Here is another selection of tree news articles from around the world. Click on each of the pictures if you would like to read the full stories.

Thousand-year-old cedar is the new ivory

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Ancient trees are disappearing from protected national forests around the world – the Smithsonian looks inside the $100bn market for stolen wood…

Incredible dream of sequoia skyscrapers

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Dezeen reports on a conceptual scheme by a team of South Korean designers to insert towers within the hollowed-out trunks of giant sequoias in the western US…


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Aberglasney House in mid April

We often visit Aberglasney House and Gardens in Carmarthenshire and we have season tickets, even though the place is a long way from our home in Cardiff.

I have previously shared my pictures of Aberglasney in summer and in winter, but this was our first visit in spring. Usually we are spring-cleaning the house at Easter but this time we did some gallivanting instead. Continue Reading »