"THAT trees, at least Japanese trees, have souls, cannot seem an unnatural fantasy to one who has seen the blossoming of the umenoki and the sakuranoki. This is a popular belief in Izumo and elsewhere." – Lafcadio Hearn, In a Japanese Garden (1892)A living biography told through the gardens and landscapes that reflect the cultures and mythology of the places where the subject lived: it is a brilliant idea and one that has been realised in Tramore, Co Waterford, where one of Ireland's most fascinating sons spent his childhood summers.Patrick Lafcadio Hearn was actually born in Greece in 1850 on the island of Lefkada, the son of an Irish father and Greek mother. He came to Dublin aged two, but a few years later his mother returned to Greece and he was brought up by his father's aunt. The last time Hearn saw his father was on Tramore beach when he was aged seven.In 1869 he travelled to Ohio and for a time was homeless before being taken under the wing of English painter Henry … [Read more...] about Take on Nature: Co Waterford biographical gardens a “bridge to Japan”
PUBLISHED: 11:10 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:10 14 August 2018 Becca Gliddon Wildlife marker buoys off Exmouth Archant The public is urged to avoid using an Exmouth nature reserve from next month as two new areas to protect wildlife on the Exe Estuary come into force this week. Wildlife refuge marker buoysKnown as wildlife refuges, the areas to avoid will be marked out with distinctive yellow buoys printed with large letters. Fines will not be issued to anyone seen in the areas.The public is asked to avoid using Exmouth Local Nature Reserve (LNR) between September 15 and December 31; and all year round at Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve (NNR).At Exmouth LNR, the wildlife refuge protects important feeding areas during low season.The Imperial Recreation Ground slipway can be used to access the foreshore during this time, although dog walkers are being asked to turn left at the end of the slipway, to avoid the refuge.Wildlife refuges in the Exe … [Read more...] about Keep off Exmouth nature reserve! New areas of the Exe Estuary protected for wildlife
You hear the word natural a lot as soon as you become pregnant. And that word ‘natural’ hangs around for the next year or so. Did you conceive naturally? Was it a natural birth? Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world. You’ve taken to it like a natural. But when you really think about it having a baby and the subsequent raising of that baby, isn’t always ‘natural’. I think the word natural feeds our guilt when things don’t quite go so naturally. Because naturally isn’t superior to any other way. Before actually becoming pregnant I always envisaged pregnant me in long floaty white dresses, looking serene and ‘natural’. In reality pregnancy was pretty much spent with my head down the toilet, being hoisted out of bed by husband due to PGP, and the pregnancy ‘glow’ was purely sweat. And whilst I marvelled at the kicks and cried at the scans, and couldn’t wait to meet my baby, nothing about by body … [Read more...] about What’s Natural About Parenting?
‘Just one thing,’ says Audrey as she bashes the number into my phone. ‘Don’t pass this on – and don’t ever, ever mention her in print.’ It has taken me six months to persuade the most beautiful French woman I know to tell me who her cosmetologist is, and I’m not about to scupper this now. ‘I promise,’ I tell her, because my legs are crossed. Trying to extract a beauty secret from a French woman is like trying to teach Italians how to queue or Brits to complain in a restaurant. So giving a beauty columnist the details of Dr Ingrid Arion – the London-based beauty wizard to every model or actress you thought woke up just looking like that – was, in the words of Pretty Woman, a ‘big mistake – huge’. Because this little secret is about to be blown wide open. I wasn’t sure what a ‘cosmetologist’ was until I walked into Arion’s discreet west London clinic and … [Read more...] about Natural beauties? Pah. They’ve just seen beauty’s most hush-hush miracle worker
Scientists have produced evidence to show the negative impact of pesticides on our environment: air, water, soil, etc. We should be determined more than ever to preserve our biodiversity and willing to use alternative, more environmentally friendly products for our ornamental or kitchen gardens. Disagreements over the use of synthetic chemicals regularly hit the headlines; there are debates about glyphosate*, neonicotinoid insecticides, endocrine disrupters and so on. We all are concerned. The use of pesticides contaminates seriously our environment: loss of biodiversity, the huge mortality rate of bees, and this is not to mention fears for human health and human beings from residues in our food, our drinking water, etc. Gardening enthusiasts who want to grow healthy vegetables which their family can eat, now have the opportunity to produce them without using any pesticides, insecticides, etc. We should regain our biodiversity and garden with nature but without pesticides, as you … [Read more...] about “Let’s garden naturally!”