Gardens by the Bay, is a fairly new gardens in Singapore (opened in 2010), situated on reclaimed land, covering 250 acres. When I visited I walked round three different areas; The Flower Dome, Cloud Dome and the Heritage Gardens, where the famous SuperTree's are located.
The Gardens have 7 different themes throughout the year, for example in Spring one year, they had thousands of tulips. These changes make it a great place to re-visit.
Not only is Singapore Botanic Garden the oldest garden in Singapore but it's also the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. It's a place of true beauty. Open from 5am to midnight daily it's free to visit, so good to have this vast green space open to everyone to enjoy. I saw families enjoying the space, tourists and locals, some walking, some jogging, some meditating and some dancing in a group. It's a real 'peoples space'. There are also regular free concerts and festivals at the gardens for all to enjoy.
Wow, we've passed 30k of photos shared with the #slowlived hashtag. This time of the year really does bring out the slow spirit in people, the wrapping up warm and enjoying walks, mugs of cocoa and sitting by the fireside. There's so much beauty joining in every day that picking just 9 to feature was really hard x
Slow living is still an art that I'm trying to let into my life more. It's part of it much more than before but I truly believe that it can't be forced, that it does take time. It requires more effort than one would think, but the effort is part of the process. It's not the same for me as it is for you, and not the same for you as it is for the next person. It's different things for different people and it's benefits are really very much worthy celebrating and savouring.
Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love - that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
Ah autumn, autumn, autumn, I completely and utterly love you. Being able to pack away summer clothes and dig out the comfy and familiar checked shirts and jumpers is my idea of heaven. Warm socks, gloves, scarves - all most welcome. I don't know if it's a pale person thing but the summer is my least favourite season of all and I'm never sorry to see the back of it.
We made an impromptu visit to Grandad this morning. He's been busy as a large section of the 50 foot Weeping Willow broke off a couple of days ago, luckily no one was hurt, but the bonfire pile is b-i-g. The vegetable patch is starting to thin out now and in the greenhouse onions lay about near the final tomatoes of the year.
A couple of weeks ago I spent a lovely day at Deans Court, Wimborne at an event called Honey & Harvest. It was a gathering of creatives, makers, local businesses, bloggers & photographers, a very well thought out event, which I'll go into in more depth soon. Today I'm going to show you the gardens at Deans Court, a delight of bee hives and a serpentine walled garden.
I headed out with Kate from World Vision UK to follow the cassava journey, from farm to factory. During the rainy season, the women get together weekly to weed their plot, between 7am and 9am, whilst it's not too hot. Here they grow cassava, groundnut, okra and plantain.
I'm indulging in some Summer holiday memories this week, with a few garden photos from our Dordogne holiday. It feels like it was years ago and only last week all rolled up into one, time's a funny bugger isn't it? I swear my perception of it has altered over the past couple of years...
Château de Hautefort has received France's Jardin Remarkable status. Designed in the 19th century by the Compte de Choulot, a famous landscape architect of the time this French formal style garden features lots of clipped hedges as well as pops of colour from roses and dahlias.
Sneaking in a bit of sunflower action to round things off ;)
Goodness only knows what's going on with the weather at the moment, rainy / hot / rainy / hot - it's going to make for some rather interesting photos for next weeks HDYGG!