Summer Show, 2016

Dyffryn & Talybont Gardening Club

It’s been a very strange gardening year, and it’s continuing to be rather odd – so it was somewhat surprising that the show looked every bit as spectacular as usual last week. Or maybe it shouldn’t have been so surprising: we have some very talented gardeners in the area, after all.

This year we had a new layout in the Hall, which was much appreciated. The appreciation started as we were setting up, when we realised just how cramped some things had become. Much more space!

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It also was much better for the flowers, enabling everyone to get up close and personal to some wonderful things – and it was better for the judge and the steward, as they no longer had to reach over plants and vases, or kneel down to get an adequate view. As usual, the hydrangeas were stunning.

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The vegetables and fruit were in the middle of the room as usual, and…

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Heidelberg

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Our overnight stop was at Speyer, which would warrant a visit in its own right.  However we chose to take the tour of Heidelberg instead.  With a population of 145,000, Heidelberg is located on the Neckar River, about 20 km from the confluence with the Rhine at Mannheim, and was the home of the Electorate of the Palatinate.  Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, Heidelberg was in conflict with France, commencing with Luther proclaiming his 95 Theses, the 30 Year War, and the War of the Palatinate Succession. France, and Louis XIV (Ludwig) in particular, were seen as vindictive oppressors, interested simply in the destruction of Heidelberg.  Heidelberg University is also renowned as the first and most reputable of the German universities.  It still has student fraternities, whose primary focus is still on fencing.

The city is dominated by the ruins of Heidelberg Castle (Heidelberger Schloss).  First built in 1225…

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Beautiful Rose

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The rose is a woody perennial that was originally from China but is now grown across the world. It is characterised by wide range of colours and sizes.

Description
Roses are multi-petal flowers available in an array of colours. Some varieties are known for their prickles along the stems of the plant, which are used to deter predators. Many species are now cultivated although there are still varieties that grow in the wild.

Habitat
Roses are native to China but are now grown across the world and thrive in sunny, well-drained soil. They particularly like clay soils and it is best to grow roses away from other plants so their roots are not disturbed. It is important to remember that hybridized flowers such as roses have become more adaptable to different conditions so check when buying your roses what the optimum conditions are.

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When growing in the garden, roses…

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Touchdown in Santiago

Airport yoga – Auckland

Bienvenidos in South America! We write from Argentina, our second country already having started of in Santiago, Chile. Santiago is the kind of city I love – excellent pedestrian access, plenty of good coffee and green space. We spent our first few days in our new surroundings and getting through the jet lag by taking long hikes in the sunshine around the city and up the gorgeous hills (Cerro Santa Lucia and Cerro San Cristobal) taking in the glorious views over the snowcapped Andes. The nights were a struggle with jet lag either keeping us awake or waking us up – not at all helped by our hostel room which was next to the kitchen with a window so our room was filled with dazzling light every time someone popped in for a snack at 2am.

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Smoggy view over Santiago from the top…

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Copenhagen: City Guide (for cash-strapped students – sort of)

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If you’re going to Copenhagen, you’re going to have to be prepared to spend some money if you want to have a good time. My boyfriend and I recently took a trip there and we were on a student budget. I’m a bit of a travel blog obsessive, so before we went I was scouring travel blogs for ideas in Copenhagen and I felt that all the blogs were aimed towards people with a lot more money than us. Copenhagen is filled with Michelin-starred restaurants, which is great if you’re a millionaire, but not so great if you’re a student. So, the aim of this post is to show you how you can have a champagne holiday on a lemonade budget in Copenhagen.

To stay:

Imperial Hotel – As I went on this trip with my boyfriend, we wanted to stay in a hotel rather than a hostel, but there…

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Take me back!

Shining Future Global Education

I had way more fun today then I expected. I was looking forward to the time we get to ship and explore the down town areas. I dd not think that I was going to buy too much being that I am not a souvenir saver. I also only exchanged $70 at the back of America the day before because it was the only cash I had on me at the time. My how I thought wrong.
Our first stop was a shopping strip filled with cute small stores. The area reminded me of a New York Street. Stores, bars, and restaurants lined both sides of the road. There I searched for a gift for my younger cousin but everything was very expensive. Especially for my low budget.

The second stop proved to be so much better. I immediately was overwhelmed with the vast amount of vendors and their English…

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Not Cured

Fountain of Truth

After my stay in the hospital, I had hoped that the medicine I was being put on would be a sort of fix. Like magic, it would take away all of the things I struggle with and somehow I would just transform into a normal person. Which, by the way, I’m not sure actually really exists and if it does, how anyone would know. The problem is that this is not the way things happened.

I went into the hospital at the beginning of April. It was the first time I’d ever been hospitalized for my mental issues and I’m the one who checked myself in. I probably need to explain that whole situation separately because it’s a different topic in and of itself. Let’s just say that I went in thinking that I was uncovering some big conspiracy and that, by checking myself in to the hospital, everyone would…

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My Coffee Break With God

God is Good

I wonder where God stands on coffee? I am assuming He is all for it for he made the coffee beans in the first place. I would also assume that it will be in Heaven as well, so we would then be able to sit down to with the Almighty for a coffee break. I would imagine those of you who know me can see where this coffee chat is going…what topics I would like to talk to God about…

  • So the idea behind the mosquito was what?
  • How bad did Noah’s ark smell?
  • Where do all the lost socks go?
  • Why did you have to use hormones on teenagers?
  • Does watching church on tv count as going to church?
  • Do you have video recordings on everything that has ever happened on earth?
  • Will there be blogging in Heaven?
  • How in the world did the wisest man in the world…

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Grotesqueness Outdone!

Citizens for Boysenberry Jam

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It’s National Allotments Week, coinciding with a time when our harvests are hitting a peak. The thing is, I am on holiday away from my allotment, so my fruit and vegetables are going unharvested. All I can think about are my tomatoes, in pots, drying out and screaming for some rain. The potatoes in the ground will be fine. The climbing and runner beans were still in flower when I left, so should be ready when I get back. Most of my soft fruit – the summer raspberries, strawberries, all the currants and gooseberries – had finished by the time I’d packed my suitcase. There will be blackberries and the first autumn raspberries to pick when I return. It has rained a bit in London. Maybe there will be some tomatoes left for a homecoming salad. But every August, when I am on holiday, I wonder whether there is any…

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