I was on vacation with a host family in Texas recently. I’d not been over there for a few years and it was great to catch up with developments in their home and ‘yard’. They are one of the few families around there that do actually get outside and relish the warm sunshine whenever they can. Their garden, a much more exotic picture than the word ‘yard’ could ever conjur up. But there they have a magnificent lightness in the sky – as we say, the Americans do everything bigger and their skyline is definitely one of those – when it’s not covered by fantatic skyscrapers of course. But their garden was filled with trees and grasses which really suited the evening sunset. When it got too dark to see, we had the benefit of expertly placed lighting to really lift the scene to another dimension. An eery but beautiful atmosphere.