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Blooming cheerful

In case my view of Madeira’s mountains have given the impression the island is austere and bleak, it is far from it. And although we were there in December a surprising number of plants were flowering in bright, cheerful colours. … Continue reading

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Fade out summer — roar in autumn

Summer was late in arriving here but made up for its tardiness by a long spell of warm, dry weather. Plants we thought had succumbed to the rigours of winter and a disappointingly cold, wet spring suddenly pushed through the … Continue reading

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Of water to beyond

A castle has stood on this site at Cramond since medieval times, but after its almost total destruction it was rebuilt in 1590 and later extended. The last private owner of Lauriston Castle was William Reid who purchased it at … Continue reading

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The quirkiness of eras

The old square radio in the corner caught my eye. A relic of another era, a more modern one than the house. My husband and I were visiting The Haining on an open day. The Haining is a country house … Continue reading

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