Sharing my Top 10 Tulips with you all

I had such a great time at the Dutch bulb gardens of Keukenhof last week that you can expect many Tulip ūüĆ∑ posts! I hope you’re a Tulip fan like me…. (if you’re not, click here for a¬†general roundup) But, right now, let’s have a look at 10 Tulip varieties that caught my eye!

Get ready for the ride of your life!

I’ve been busy discovering the fairytale kingdom of the Keukenhof Bulb Gardens, Make a cuppa, sit yourself down in your favourite armchair and take a tour with me, as I discover tulips, daffodils and more!

5 unusual things at the IPM Essen trade show for plants

Trade shows are often the first opportunity that a company¬†has to show off an¬†idea and get some feedback, whether good or bad! The gardening industry¬†is constantly reviewing fresh innovations, in order to recruit new plant nuts around the world! Here are the 5 most eye-catching things seen at the recent IPM Essen trade show in…

5 exciting, new and different plants spotted at IPM Essen trade show

Once a year, the very best plant breeders and developers from around the world congregate¬†in Essen, Germany, as they join¬†the very best horticultural trade show. IPM Essen is a¬†show which¬†sprawls itself across 12 large halls, and is a must for any well-respected plant hunter.¬†But, of course, this is ‘indoor plant hunting’, and it’s an activity…

Barcelona tales: Egg and Chips.

So, after being allowed a table despite my tattoos, I proceeded to order like a backpacker, one dish by one. First, tuna tartare, and then beef carpaccio. They must have thought I was Gillian McKeith! I also had an Aperol spritz. As I scribbled/typed up my blog on the terrace, I felt like an international…

Barcelona tales: Restless backpacker.

I had become a restless backpacker, and I planned to return to Barcelona city the next day. So, I booked a (typically funky) hostel and packed up my things. One breakfast in the businesswomen’s cafe, another Thai trampling, and I was good to go! I didn’t actually sleep that well, but when the masseur asked…

Barcelona tales: I chose not to remove my trousers.

So, my first (and only) full day at the beach began. I found a nifty cafe for breakfast and had it INDOORS. In Spain?? Would you Adam and Eve it?! But, it was pleasant, and I wasn’t too disappointed there was no fruit available to accompany my crunchy muesli, (health kick, remember) After whiling away…

Forgetting how to chill.

The next day, I made my way to the beach resort. The city wasn’t relaxing me. Or maybe I had forgotten how to! To be honest, I had thrown everything up in the air at the same time, what with¬†giving up caffeine spontaneously. Jeez, it was making me moody. I got on the road early….

It’s all just potato.

After visiting the La Pedrera, I met a friend for lunch. Yes, in Barcelona. How cool am I? I demanded to sit in the sun, and we did. My choice of shorts is still a little premature, and a shady cafe seat tends to come with¬†a cool chill in the air. I had a lovely…

Thankful there are barriers.

First, a disclaimer. It has been remarked that my travel blog is rather melancholy. Well, it is, yes, but it’s all ironic. If you ever met me, you’d know I’m one of the most positive people you could ever meet (I was once referred to as a brutal optimist, in fact!) But, a travel blog…

In the flowers for hours.

Yes, I saw the fountains at Montjuic- the magic fountains, or whatever. They were camp, and wet. Nothing better huh? First of all, I trekked right to the top, part escalator, part stone steps. My crossfit training meant I glided up them, effortlessly. Some delicious tapas proceeded these hilltop shenanigans. This was at the cute,…

At 12.48, the sun came out.

I persisted with the rain, I didn’t mind! Although, my crossfit shoes are ‘netted’, so the puddles were rather fun.. not! Even though it was cooler and raining, the streets still had their special ‘spanish’ smell, and I think you know what I mean. Anyway, I went off to find the Picasso Museum, without a…