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Plant a Thyme or Chamomile Lawn

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I love the idea of a thyme or chamomile lawn

Originally posted on Janaline's world journey:

Thyme or Chamomile Lawn

I am standing on a beautiful Chamomile lawn!!

In an effort to reduce water use and time spent caring for lawns, some gardeners are replacing their turf with thyme or chamomile! It is hard to believe that thyme is an ideal grass alternative. I would never even have suspected you could have a lawn of thyme or chamomile if I hadn’t come across them at Babylonstoren here in Stellenbosch.

I was told that Thyme lawns require less water, and is generally tough so“walking on thyme” doesn’t hurt or destroy it. Thyme is drought resistant and will spread easily to fill in most of the space that you want it to. Best thing: it becomes a carpet of attractive, lavender-colored flowers that lasts long into the season. So it looks as good as it feels and smells! 

The down-side to putting in a thyme lawn is that it can be expensive…

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Few hours in Nancy, France


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Another part of France I would Like to visit

Originally posted on Journey Around The Globe:

NANCY, FRANCE: Nancy is an elegant medium-sized French town in the region of Lorraine. The city is famous for some of its architectural masterpieces. You can see touch of both medieval and Renaissance in its old part. Nancy is also considered as an Art Nouveou jewel in this region of France. Being a university town, its old town offers a melting pot atmosphere for Nancy’s students, locals, and tourist.

Old town of Nancy, France

Old town of Nancy, France

TIME of TRAVEL: Nancy was the last stop on our summer road trip of 2014. The main highlight of this trip was visiting Mont-Blanc…the highest peak of the Alps. We also visited Annecy, Chamonix, and Dijon before coming to Nancy. It was a nice weather but Nancy looked a bit slow and less-crowded when we were there.

EATING and SHOPPING: We really didn’t eat anything here, except for our girls who had sandwiches from Subway. But…

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Late Turner at Tate: Repetitious repertoire with moments of genius


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Turner at the Tate!

Originally posted on The Daily Norm:

I think I may be almost alone amongst my British compatriots when I declare that I am not a huge fan of J M W Turner. In fact I’m fully expecting to receive a raft of hate mail when this review goes live on my blog and I conclude that Tate Britian’s latest exploit of this undoubtedly revolutionary British Artist is all a bit insipidly, uninterestingly “pastel”. Now don’t get me wrong, I am well aware that Turner was a master of his times, and likewise that he was crucial in the development of the impressionist, and then expressionist art movements that changed the world of art history. I do not doubt that without him, the whole revolution of modern art may never have seeded in quite the way it did, if at all. And I recognise that in so far as great British artists go (of which there are…

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Dick Turpin Highwayman – Stand and Deliver


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For millennia, travelling by land across the British Isles was a dangerous and slow business.  Most people when they could travelled by boat on rivers and along the sea-coast and later by canals.

Travelling by land was a slow and arduous thing to do at the best of times.  After the Romans, the roads largely fell into disrepair and stayed that way until the turnpikes moved us towards modernity.  To make it worse, much of the land was forested with wolves and bears lurking in the darkness.  Isolated and impoverished hill-billy villagers from time to time did travellers in and then there were the highway men.

Stand and deliver your money or your life.

Stand and deliver your money or your life.

Highwaymen were really the closest we got to the wild-west cowboys but they were far to close to comfort for those who lived in those times.  They road horses, often worked in pairs or gangs and…

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Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina


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Wow! there is something awesome about a glacier!

Originally posted on WhatAWonderfulWorld:

Sometimes numbers are difficult to get your head around.  A glacier that is 19 miles long is something that is very difficult to imagine.  It’s also difficult to imagine how beautiful it is too, and also how different it is from many other landscapes.  So, here are some sneak peeks of the beautiful Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, Southern Argentina.

When you first arrive at the glacier you wonder round and look in awe at how simply stunning it is.  From all angles.  From some angles it appears to be a deep turquoise colour and from others it seems whiter.  It has a jagged appearance and you’re also able to see parts of the glacier falling off.  One word which sums it all up is vast.  It’s just huge and unimaginably so.

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Ten Must Do’s in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park


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How would you describe your Top Ten things to do? and where?

Originally posted on Steps To Follow:

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The Great Smoky Mountains, located in Tennessee and North Carolina, have been a destination on my bucket list for quite some time now. Anyone who knows me is aware that I have a deep infatuation with mountains of all sorts. The idea of The Appalachian Mountains— the grouping in which the Smoky Mountains belong to— may perhaps be the oldest mountains in the world intrigued me. Being such old mountains means that they are lower lying (due to billions of years of erosion from weather). However, the tallest Appalachian mountains are, incredibly, over 6600 feet high. Due to the Appalachians/Smoky Mountains age, altitude and climate, they are ideal for a large and diverse population of wildlife. Along with the wildlife, the altitude and climate make the Smoky Mountains, and the Appalachians in general, ideal for road tripping and hiking along. The Blue Ridge Parkway follows along the ridges of the…

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The death of the Aral Sea


Originally posted on Stephen Liddell:

Once the fourth largest inland body of water in the world and half the size of England has over the last few decades almost totally disappeared. The Aral Sea sits in the middle of the Kyzylkum Desert fed by the two rivers, the Syr Darya and Amu Darya.  It wasn’t really a sea but a huge lake that these huge rivers flowed into but as it was in a large depression, the water could never flow out to the real sea and instead kept a steady level due to the evaporation from the sun.

Map of the Aral Sea area

Map of the Aral Sea area

After WW2, the Soviet Union came up with the idea of becoming self-sufficient in almost every regard and different parts of the huge country were forced to specialise in certain industries no matter what people had worked as before.  Soviet planners decided that Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan would be great…

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