Neighbor demands woman stop garden workouts – as they sound ‘erotic’

A new mum was left stunned after a judgy neighbor complained that her garden workouts sounded too “erotic”.

The woman from Scotland turned to Mumsnet for advice after the remark left her speechless. She told the platform that she had gotten into a morning exercise routine while her baby napped and her husband worked from home.

All was going well until her neighbor knocked and asked her to move the workouts inside as “they were trying to relax in their back garden in peace and watch their fish.”

Her husband heard the comment and “politely” told them she wasn’t making much noise. He highlighted, “it’s daylight, and we are entitled to work out in our garden,” before asking them what they will say when their daughter is older and playing outside.

The woman recalled the neighbors responding, “that’s different,” suggesting that her “panting noises were a bit ‘erotic sounding'”.


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Provide shade, make compost and leave the weeds: six ways to heatproof your garden | Gardens

Gardens often act as a middle ground between our built-up, manufactured indoor lives and the world outside. The garden, whether it is a few pots, an allotment or something much larger, is a tiny slice of the rest of the ecology of our globe – and it teaches us about the gossamer threads that hold these things together.

In the blast of the UK heatwave in July, we watched our gardens curl and crisp. Stalks bent and wilted; leaves scorched and then browned. How much of your green space survived depending on how you had been tending those delicate threads.

The next heatwave might last for longer. It might arrive with stronger winds, or leave behind wilder, wet days. The winter will present its own challenges – more flooding, perhaps, as baked-hard soils struggle to soak up the rain. We need to prepare; this weather isn’t going away. The

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Country diary: Not even a digger could rid our garden of hedge bindweed | Environment

Botanists know it as hedge bindweed, Calystegia sepium. My grandmother, who fought to restrict its incursions into her flower borders, called it the devil’s guts. I may have inherited it from her, embedded in the root ball of a day lily that I took from her garden as a memento.

Hedge bindweed regenerates from the smallest root fragments. I’ve dug out yards of its brittle underground stems, which resemble white worms and exude milky latex when broken. William Withering, the 18th-century physician who discovered the medicinal properties of foxglove and was always on the lookout for other therapeutic native plants, advocated these as an alternative to scammony, a violent purgative extracted from roots of a related Middle Eastern species, and used to expel tapeworms. His patients must surely have wondered whether he had let loose the devil in their own guts.

The tips of bindweed’s stealthy climbing

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Spring Garden Street makeover to connect Delaware, Schuylkill Trails; redesign to begin

A group of people who have advocated for more than a decade to turn Philadelphia’s Spring Garden Street into a 2.1-mile “green boulevard” gathered Thursday to celebrate having pieced together $31 million to begin the environmental and traffic safety project.

When it’s finished, they say, the “Spring Garden Street Connector” will link popular trails on the Schuylkill and Delaware River and feature parking-protected bicycle lanes, trees, easier access to SEPTA rail stations and bus stops, a new stormwater management system, and safety improvements at 22 intersections to make the corridor more walkable.

“There are six neighborhoods along this corridor, and Spring Garden Street has been a chasm between them — now it will be a connector,” said Patrick Starr, executive vice chair of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and a board member of the Circuit Trails. He’s acknowledged as a central player in assembling the coalition that has brought the

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NWLND composes an enclosed garden ‘refuge’ of red concrete

nwlnd architects creates tension between old and new

Emerging from its forested site in Bonheiden, BelgiumNWLND Architects’ Refuge is a composition of frames built of red concrete. The compact building occupies the wooded garden of a pre-existing villa, whose traditional materiality of red brick informed the defining red pigments of the new architecture.

Meanwhile, the rotated orientation of the Refuge follows the orthogonal order of the house along with the angle of the site’s boundaries, lending a compositional tension between the new, the old, and the previously unkept garden. The architects wrote: ‘It is a concrete container with precise openings that frame the landscape.’

NWLND architects refugeimages © Johnny Umans | @johnnyumans

refuge: an enclosed garden in the woods

Led by Bert Rogiers and Pieter Vandeputte, the design team at NWLND Architects programs its Refuge with a filtered swimming pond, bicycle shed, and storage room. The pavilion also

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