73. Day Nine in England: Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens)
I’ve always wanted to go to the Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew Gardens)! So that’s what we are doing this very day. Picnics packed, route planned, here we go!
Guess who came to lunch. This magpie! Also, the Eurasian green woodpecker nearby. Kew Gardens is lovely but for the jumbo jets flying quite low overhead every 90 seconds. I’m not exaggerating. The sound from one has barely died out before the next one approaches. You can hear it in the video. Most are flying pretty low, so it is hard to ignore.
British Air pretty much runs Heathrow. They managed to get plum roles in the management of Kew Gardens, apparently, so there have been no voices raised to object to increased flights over the Gardens. I read of so much joy when flights were canceled in 2020! But great unhappiness again, as the flights are relentless over the Gardens, but worse, over the entire (very pricey) neighborhood.
The following Candy Land photos are from a special installation by the Australian artist Tanya Schultz, under the name Pip and Pop. The piece is called When Flowers Dream. Delicious! I expected to see Princess Bubblegum pop out at any second.
Further exhibit in this building was an amazing collection of botanical watercolors. The detail is breathtaking. These were my favorites.
One of my favorite things at the Gardens was this series of sculptures of the Queen’s Beasts. I captured all ten, achievement unlocked! They’re so cute with their chests all puffed out.
A fabulous day of wandering about aimlessly with purpose in the heat! I would always recommend a visit here, but jeez, those planes! Oh well, birds gotta fly, y’know!
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