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For me, a square silver shoe buckle and a dragonfly...

I’ve never been before. Kew Gardens is the world’s largest collection of living plants. Founded in 1840, its living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants; the herbarium has over seven million preserved plant specimens. 327 more words



Today is the birthday of Joseph Paxton who was born in 1803. Some sources say he was born in 1801 but that’s because he once lied about his age to get a gardening job he wanted. 630 more words

British Isles

August 3 in history

8  Roman Empire general Tiberius defeated Dalmatians on the river Bathinus.

881  Battle of Saucourt-en-Vimeu: Louis III of France defeated the Vikings, an event celebrated in the poem… 494 more words


The Listed ‘Lizards’ of Crystal Palace

Q. When is a listed building not a building? A. When it’s a dinosaur

South east London isn’t a favoured destination on the fossil hunter’s trail – visitors aren’t known to walk the streets of in search of ammonites and the petrified remnants of a much earlier era. 691 more words

Building Conservation

Royal Mania

‘As the race of pine-apples, so is the race of Man’ – William Makepeace Thackeray (1850)

Georgians, Victorians, and Edwardians alike shared a fascination for the ‘king of fruits’, the pineapple – a symbol of prestige and horticultural artistry that was an absolute requisite at any nobility dinner table. 

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Mazes, dinosaurs and roasts in Crystal Palace

  • Destination: Crystal Palace
  • Inspiring your London adventure: Spend a Sunday afternoon releasing your inner child at Crystal Palace park. After you’re done getting lost in the maze and taking selfies with dinosaurs, head to one (or more!) of the numerous pubs in the area for a Sunday roast and leave a fully paid up member of the SE London fan club…
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Small Steps

I lasted posted about my recovery towards running after a serious accident in January a couple of weeks ago. At that stage I was off painkillers, my movement had improved and had started some urban wandering. 209 more words