In mid-September, we climbed the Great Pagoda in Kew Gardens for the first time. It was designed by Sir William Chambers and completed in 1762 as a gift for Princess Augusta, the founder of the botanic gardens at Kew. It is a ten-storey octagon tower, standing at almost 50m and each level is 30cm narrower … Continue reading The Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens
We recently took a Sunday morning stroll down to Kew Gardens, and specifically the newly restored Temperate House. The restoration took five years and involved a work force of more than 400 people. The Temperate House is, quite simply, a thing of beauty. Here's a few fun facts: 15,000 new panes of glass were installed. … Continue reading The Temperate House |Kew Gardens
I'm becoming quite attached to my One Little Word Traveler's Notebook. (We Brits would ordinarily use two 'l's ...) It sits on the side of my desk, nestled up to the keyboard, which means it's hard to ignore. And that's a good thing, because I began 2018 with the desire to record the moments that … Continue reading OLW – Nourish & the Traveler’s Notebook
During our recent visit to Kew Gardens for the orchid festival, we also took time to see Rebecca Louise Law's beautiful installation, Life in Death. The exhibition showcases her personal collection of plants and flowers, dried and preserved over a six year period. Apparently, it is her most intricate large-scale artwork to date and examines our relationship … Continue reading Kew Gardens | Life in Death
During the recent half-term, we visited the 23rd Orchid Festival in Kew Gardens. We were there for opening time and were able to wander around the fantastic displays freely.The festival this year celebrates Thailand and the 1,100 orchids which can be found there. As well as stunning displays, there's a rice paddy and an orchid … Continue reading Kew Gardens | Orchid Festival
Although Kew Gardens is South of the River Thames, just, it's not far from us here in West London. Far enough, though, to be forgotten about for months at a time. Which is silly, because at this time of year, on a sunny day, it's stunning and we're incredibly fortunate to have a UNESCO World Heritage site … Continue reading Kew Gardens
We joined a few friends earlier this evening for a stroll along the winter trail. It was pretty amazing. A festive fire garden, a choir of holly bushes (yes, really), and a tunnel of lights. Although I'm not sure quite what The Boy Child made of it.
I have no idea why someone would wrap a tree trunk in crochet, but the end result looks pretty cool. Zoom In | Zoom Out is Helena's idea and you can see more here. Kew Gardens in the summertime is the most perfect place for children. Acres of green space to run around. No traffic … Continue reading Zoom In | Zoom Out at Kew Gardens
I took The Boy Child and Granny to Kew Gardens todays for the annual Orchid Festival. It has to be said that The Boy Child is not really a fan of Kew; he moans at every opportunity. I live in hope. Zoom In | Zoom Out is the brainchild of Helena.
Hi, do you have to rush off? A few of us are going for coffee, would you like to join us? We walk towards our favoured branch of a UK coffee chain. Once orders are taken, we find a table big enough to accommodate us, given that your joining us makes five. The conversation as … Continue reading Sharing a Cuppa