Thursday, February 08, 2018


Not usually into posting about the plantings on hotel grounds and resorts (bar exceptional ones like those found in Madeiran and Cornish hotels) as they tend to be formulaic and regimented. But going through our photos on our recent trip to Vietnam I couldn't help but long to be transported back to where we stayed, especially seeing once again the lush tropical planting they had there.

View from our balcony
The planting on the grounds are nothing unusual and exceptional, just the usual suspects and categorically belongs to the 'formulaic and regimented', but very nice nevertheless. Especially looking at them now whilst we're in the middle of a cold spell (not unusual for early February here).

And the view as you step out on to the pathways leading on to other areas
Quintessentially tropical, the coconut palm!

The grounds were maintained to a high standard and it was nice to see new plants about to be incorporated into the landscape. Beautiful things!

These tropical plants needs constant pruning of course but can't help but smile at the thought of getting some refreshments as you trim those coconut palms! And amongst these garden trimmings, a basket of more plants to go in.

Seeing these photos has reminded me also why we're into tropical and exotic looking create that illusion our garden is somewhere warmer and enhance the sense of escapism.

Ahh the warmer months, can't wait for their arrival!

Mark :-) 

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

A Little Taste of Vietnam

Almost a couple of weeks ago we had a break from the cold British winter by going on a mini break to the city of Nha Trang in Vietnam.

We've always been curious about tourism in Vietnam so decided to have a little taste of this country by spending some time in one of their more curious and fast urbanising cities.

Lonely Planet describes Nha Trang as 'loud and proud' and loud and proud it certainly is. The main attraction of the city is a stretch of fine golden sand beach that is 6 kilometers long that is mostly flanked to one side with rows and rows of tall buildings and sky scrapers. As far as we are aware of, they are trying to model the development of the city with that of Gold Coast in Australia and Miami (although the Spanish coastal city of Benidorm also crossed our minds). So in short, Nha Trang city is a bustling, fast growing metropolis with a beautiful beach.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

The Garden in Early February

The UK has a bit of a cold spell at the moment, although fortunately not too cold - about 3C this morning. Despite the cold it was a bright day in the garden to I took advantage and went out with the camera.

Blue sky almost makes it feel like spring is here.