Parque del Laberint d’Horta

My patience was rewarded in a magnificent way by Charly Senall. This garden should be on top of the list of all garden lovers visiting Spain!!! THANK you Charly!!!

Charly Senall

Hace un tiempo, el amigo Herman van Bon, de, me sugirió un tema para una entrada del blog. Me pedía fotografías de unos jardines de Barcelona, y aquí está el resultado, una visión personal del Parque del Laberint d’Horta. El barrio de Horta fue una población llamada Sant Joan d’Horta, con ayuntamiento propio hasta 1904, año en que paso a formar parte de la ciudad de Barcelona. En la ladera de la sierra de Collserola, conserva el jardín más antiguo de la ciudad. Construido entre 1794 y 1808 en unos terrenos propiedad del Marqués de Llupià, don Joan Antoni Desvalls i d’Ardena, por el arquitecto italiano Domenico Bagutti. Con una extensión de 9,1 hectáreas toma el nombre de un laberinto formado por setos de ciprés que tiene un tamaño de 45×50 metros.

El parque está formado por el palacio del Marqués y jardines que lo rodean, de estilo neoclásico el…

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At the Mercy of the Sea

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Photo taken by contributor Michelle who has battled Recurrent Major Depression and OCD. For many years she struggled without understanding what was happening. Eventually she was diagnosed, surprisingly by her gynecologist, who then referred her to a psychiatrist. One of the factors that contributed to her depression was years of abuse as a child. Michelle writes, blogs and does photography as therapy. She has found that doing these things is self-settling and helps her manage her depression.

About this photo: “I find doing photo editing to be quite therapeutic and it also helps express emotions. The sailing boat in this picture seemed so small on the ocean when I took the photo. It reminded me a bit of myself sometimes when I get that drowning feeling. I think the edit expresses that emotion quite well, with the huge crashing waves circling around the small boat which is floating at the…

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Dear Hitchhiker

One of the most powerful South Africa related blog posts I read this week! This guy deserves to be a columnist in a mainstream publication for this blog post only!!!

Of Colours and Discovery

Dear Hitchhiker,

Yes, I did see you standing on the side of the road with the sign or your thumb up…
As I whizzed past…


You see, I have a dilemma.
It’s because of dear hijacker (maybe I shouldn’t call them “dear”) that this dilemma arose.
I feel bad as I drive past you.
Maybe you think bad things about me?

Maybe you think I am unkind or uncaring and not helpful.
But I promise it’s not that.
I would love to help you.

But I have heard stories about what “not so dear” hijacker has done to many people…
So, I am scared.
I am not a good judge of character.
There is that saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” … there is some truth to it.
So as I drive on my OWN, I am cautious. I am scared.

I don’t want my life ended in…

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Project 365/353 – The Peanut Ball

Just Beautiful!

Emily Carter Mitchell ~ Nature as Art

There are little bandits in my garden. Very smart and now very plump bandits. One of the many bird feeders in my garden is this small metal mesh ball that is intended for peanuts for nuthatches, woodpeckers and the like.

Most certainly not intended for creatures with fur and four legs. But their tenacity finally won over. Somehow they managed to remove the top and hide it from me so I can’t replace it. A perfect situation for going in head first and eating to one’s heart’s content. Under normal use, this is what the Peanut Ball is for.



But NO..the squirrels have their own idea. First staging themselves on top of the stand, they begin their dive head first into peanut heaven.

Of course, if they could fit their little fat bodies totally into the ball, I think they would.


They weren’t the only visitors in the manor’s…

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