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September 2013

Mel’s Zip slide for Cancer Charity.

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Today we went along to watch my friend (and line manager) Mel Ruiz zip slide from the top of Newport’s famous transporter bridge. She did this to raise funds for St David’s Foundation and has so far raised over £250.

The donations page is still open at Just Giving so if you feel like chipping in a couple of quid that would be very gratefully received.

Meanwhile here is the evidence. Fingers in ears…

Mel’s video

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Hidcote Manor

We recently visited Hidcote in North Gloucestershire, a National Trust property near Evesham with stunning gardens bringing together plants from all over the world.

It was put together around a hundred years ago by Major Lawrence Johnson, an American plant-hunter and horticulturist. The story of the garden of ‘rooms’ and the life of it’s creator, Johnson are told on the national Trust website. There is a small house with just a couple of rooms open and a lovely little cafe, but this visit is all about getting lost in these beautiful gardens.

Here are just a few pics of some of my favourite plants spotted on the visit, I won’t attempt to identify them, but you can do that in the comments if you like. There were some incredible varieties of hydrangea that really took my eye and a fantastic kitchen garden.

Hope you enjoy these pics.

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