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A Minute in Sicily – Scala dei Turchi from My Word with Douglas E. Welch [Video]

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A Minute in Sicily - Scala dei Turchi from My Word with Douglas E. Welch

 

From Wikipedia …

“The Scala dei Turchi (Italian: “Stair of the Turks”) is a rocky cliff on the coast of Realmonte, near Porto Empedocle, southern Sicily, Italy. It has become a tourist attraction due to its unusual white color, as well as by its mention in Andrea Camilleri’s series of detective stories about Commissario Montalbano.

The Scala is formed by marl, a sedimentary rock with a characteristic white color. It lies between two sandy beaches, and is accessed through a limestone rock formation in the shape of a staircase, hence the name. The latter part of the name derives from the frequent raids carried on by Moors.

In August 2007, the municipality of Realmonte applied for the inclusion of the Scala dei Turchi (together with the nearby Roman Villa Aurea) in the UNESCO Heritage List.”

Music: “Jellyfish in Space” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License.

Learn more about Sicily in these travel guides

Event: California Native Plant Sale – Oct 22 & 23, 2016 – 10am-3pm

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NATIVE PLANT SALE

OCTOBER 22 & 23, 10AM TO 3:00PM

Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino (near Hayvenhurst)

MEMBER PRE-SALE AT 9:30am-10am Saturday only

ALL CNPS MEMBERS GET 10% OFF PLANTS & BOOKS*

With over 1000 plants of over 50 California native species, there is a plant that can fill your garden’s needs — from hot and dry to moist and shady. Many native plants can survive quite well with natural rainfall once they get established. Sale items include seeds, irises, mints, sages, berries, hummingbird and butterfly plants, shrubs, perennials, and trees. Wildflower seeds will be available for purchase. Also for sale are natural history and native gardening books, activity books for children, field guides, and posters. Refreshments and lunch will be available for purchase.

During the sale, experienced CNPSers can assist you in selecting plants that are suitable for your garden! Proceeds from the plant sale help support the activities of the Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

Featuring FREE Native Plant Gardening Talks:

Saturday – Noon Wild Suburbia – Learning to Garden with Native Plants Barbara Eisenstein Thinking of getting rid of the lawn or simply improving your existing landscape? This talk will present practical approaches to transitioning from traditional resource-intensive yards to more natural, interesting and fun gardens featuring low water-use native plants. Barbara will present information from her new book, Wild Suburbia – Learning to Garden with Native Plants. Ample time will be left for discussion and book signing.

Sunday – Noon Designing a Native Garden in a Limited Space Steve Gerischer Garden design, particularly for a small space can be challenging. Some of the best strategies are counter-intuitive. Thinking ‘small’ can result in a garden that isn’t working at its best. Learn a few ideas for designing in confined spaces using our beautiful native flora.

More information at the Los Angeles/Santa Monica Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Web Site

Learn more about California Native Plants with these books

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our blogs
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out! 


Get this Plumeria Blossom smartphone case and much more exclusively from Douglas E. Welch via Instagram [Photo]

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On the walls of York with York Minster in the distance via Instagram [Photo]

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Chapel, Noto Cathedral, Noto, Sicily, Italy via Instagram [Photo]

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Bees Take A Drink – Clothing – Home – Technology – Arts – Crafts – Exclusively from Douglas E. Welch

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Cross Arcade, Leeds, UK via Instagram

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Yum! Yum! Yum! Dinner tonight from @holymolytruck. Excellent and great combination with @macleodale new 1918 IPA released tonight.

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Back in my hometown “pub” now with reminders of Yorkshire in my hand. 😀🍺 via Instagram

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One of the many arcades in Leeds, UK via Instagram [Photo]

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