Still making the most of our warmer season we spent a good Sunday at Plantasia at Kew Gardens making connections to our current topic of interest including Dinosaurs and Gorillas simultaneously lapping up the fresh air and exercise.
It’s a huge place. The last time I visited I was of a similar age to that of S and L who are currently 12. I went with a school trip but I can’t remember much about it at all. In fact my only memories are of fooling around with friends on the grass and I have the photographs to prove it.
The car journey in was smooth and parking free. However, we failed to be organised enough to pack a picnic which was a mistake we know we should never make. Everyone was hungry on arrival and until we fed, the mood was fairly negative and laced with stress from those who like to know the fine details of everything unknown and new.
The cafe food was pretty poor quality for the prices charged with ridiculously small sized portions for children, too many sweetie pots on offer and very stale sandwiches. Both Twin Dad and I could kick ourselves for ignoring our instincts but a picnic lunch is always far more suitable for our own family in such places.
The ice-cream stall made up for the crappy cafe food and soon enough we were back to a more positive and happy vibe.
As well as the tropical houses we took in an Art Gallery or two. Really liked some of the plant art particularly some of the oil on glass pieces. The Marianne North Gallery, no photographs allowed, was really rather fantastic. Hundreds of paintings created by the same lady. All plants and scenery from her round the world travels. We couldn’t decide which ones we liked the best. Lost in many a different world, I could have sat there for some time dreaming of all the places I should like to go.
Probably the most fun part of Plantasia was the Bare Foot Walk and the Log Trail. A and W did wonder why there was a dedicated area for bare foot walking when they had been walking without shoes (and S too) for most of the day.
We didn’t climb the Pagoda but we did take a look around the Healing Giant with all it’s healing plants making another connection with a previous topic of interest, Egyptians.