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|Kew Gardens - revisited|
A late visit to Kew sounded like it might be prone to similar climatic disappointment as the April visit. However, good friend Elizabeth was over from Dublin, and she was as keen to make her first visit to Kew as I was to accompany her.
Yet again, the ground was very wet underfoot after two months of torrential rain, but to our delight, the 13th November 2000 dawned with brilliant blue skies and a relatively mild temperature.
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There was a surprising amount to see, and I was very pleased that Elizabeth wanted to concentrate on the areas that I hadn't hitherto visited. That said, this visit report is short, because I've lost the notes that I took on the day!
At this point we were not "lost" - one day I will get my bearings on the layout of Kew. I assumed that Elizabeth's sense of direction must surely be better than Judith's or my own . I soon ascertained that this was indeed a rash assumption!
We visited the Temperate House (primarily for a warm!). This is a lovely place with such exotic jungle like foliage - very cheering on an autumn day. Around the top there is a narrow corridor. If you can climb the spiral staircase to get up there you can get a spectacular view of this whole construction.
Satisfied at last with the view from ground level, we encountered an intriguing tree which is called Banksia Ornata. Don't those "fruits" look for all the world like hedgehogs!
We wandered for hours, as one does when lost in Kew. Every track Elizabeth insisted we try seemed to lead us forever onwards to the biggest compost heap in the world - not an exhibit we particularly wanted to view! Finally we returned to the Victoria Gate, just past the time that the cafe closes . Fortunately I know of a pleasant little cafe on the way to the tube station, and there we sat outside and nattered until we nearly froze!
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