Rural Bagan, Burma

I hadn’t been here long at all when the couple next door stopped to chat. After about 10 mins of exchanging travel tales they invited me out with them for the day. The plan was to hire a taxi for the day, go to Mount Popa and then tour some of the temples on the […]

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Mandalay, former capital of Myanmar (Burma)

The weather is cooler up here in Mandalay.  I noticed when we got off the plane there was no wall of heat greeting us as there was in Yangon and I didn’t need the fan on overnight. I found much better accommodation at The Royal City Hotel.  For $25 I get a large twin room […]

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Bustling Yangon, Burma

The flight to Yangon was uneventful but I couldn’t help noticing the plane had propellers… I was looking forward to being overawed by my first temple but that wasn’t to be the case.  It was all rather industrial, to be fair, stuck right in the middle of the city’s main roundabout, with the most appalling […]

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winter gardening

Regular readers of my monthly gardening tips newsletter will know what to do, when and how; there’s no down-time in a garden, so it can be difficult to prioritise.  Now is the perfect time to be prepping your garden for the Spring.  For those of you with established allotments and kitchen gardens, garlic and shallots, […]

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Look out for hedgehogs this Bonfire Night

Please keep your eyes peeled this Bonfire Night for sleeping hedgehogs! For hedgehogs, your lovely wood pile prepared (or not) for Bonfire Night will be their idea of a 5* hotel, therefore its critical to check what lies beneath, before lighting.  In the past 10 years, hedgehog numbers have declined by 25%, greater in some […]

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Garden Photography in Autumn – guest blog by Julia Stanley

Autumn presents some fabulous photo opportunities in the garden.  Amazing rich colours of the leaves as they turn, big, bold veggies such as pumpkins and beautiful berries and hips. It is also an opportunity to capture the very special light in the morning without having to get up at stupid o’clock! Photographers love to shoot […]

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Latitude Festival…a blog with mud

Forgoing flower shows this year meant I could indulge in music festivals although the latter is tremendously more expensive and muddier. The last festival I attended was the Isle of Wight in 2004 when the line-up boasted Stereophonics, Bowie, The Who, Groove Armada, The Charlatans, Snow Patrol, Cockney Rebel, Manic Street Preachers…a balanced mix of […]

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my flirt with fame…

If you read my February newsletter you’ll know how very much I was looking forward to the launch of Laetitia Maklouf ‘s new book entitled ‘Sweet Peas for Summer – How to Create a Garden in a Year’.  The big event took place last week, at Clifton Nurseries in Westbourne Grove, London and I’ve attached some photos below […]

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Blog without a Dog…

…this is actually quite a sad post for me and one which I’m sure will be familiar to many dog lovers! My miniature apricot poodle – Obi – is now 14 years old.  He has a very arthritic shoulder and really can’t walk too far in the cold.  So on Sunday 5th February 2012 (yes […]

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My first blog post

Greetings readers and welcome to my blog and my first blog post. My name is Helen Reeley Future writings will include words about gardens, books, food, fashion, travel, people, outdoors, my dog Obi-Wan and my home town Berkhamsted. For now…that is it, as Louise Towler needs this post to get the blog up and running. Health and happiness to […]

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