Speaking the language of plants: a visit to Yamaguchi-san

Never one to be put off by a potential problem, I quickly agreed a visit to Yamaguchi-san’s plant nursery in the hills of Mizunami, despite me only knowing 10 Japanese words and Yamaguchi none! I am forever indebted to Shigeto Tsukie for helping to fill my spare (horticultural) time in Japan this week. His kindness…

Love coffee? Love plants? You’ll love these cafes!

This isn’t quite the article that you may expect. It isn’t about where to eat organic, green food, moreover it’s about where to eat and drink amongst GREENERY! I am super lucky to travel the world with my Plant Geek activities and always make a special effort to track down spots where I can indulge…

Kerala: Time outing 

Day 7- toast The day began with sticky banana, french toast and curry. It was nothing but colourful. I also answered the waiter with’pardon’ five times, before we both agreed it was better that we didn’t try to understand what each other were saying. We had a long journey today, four hours in our wacky…

Kerala: Trekking

Day 3- tea Today was a test day for us trekkers. But, gosh, this trek was like a holiday, compared to the wilds of the Sahara and the wet of Costa Rica. I wasn’t sure how fit I was though, and my trekking kit didn’t fit anymore. I wasn’t feeling very fit either. Although I…

Kerala: Touristing 

Day 1- travel I made my way to the airport in my Italian Uno Qlo duvet coat with my giant kitbag weighing down my shoulder. Ipswich had never seen such a sight. And I wondered if everyone on the tube was wondering where this exotic traveller was heading to.  Once I got to the terminal,…