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Catharine Howard is the Gardening Coach. Contact her for gardening advice and visit www.thegardeningcoach.co.uk for more information.
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October 10, 2010 | Pattern of the DAY

We did end up buying a carpet on the recent Syrian trip.  Or it might be a rug or a kelim.  I know that quantity of knots per square inch are the acid test.  Any way here it is, a  lovely object from Tabriz in Iran. The man on the right is the carpet [...]

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October 6, 2010 | Wordless Wednesday on 6.10.10

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October 3, 2010 | Oh lovely Damascus.

Damascene rose, damask fabric and as the guidebook would have it, Dimashq.  The old town is an ellipse – bounded more or less by walls and divided up into different districts – the original pattern is christian, jewish, muslim.  The oldest inhabited city in the world, perhaps.  The Romans came and went, Tamerlane shot through, [...]

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