Out And About

Bristol Botanic Garden

Last week I took a week off and headed to Bristol to visit my sister and 8 months old nephew. The UK heatwave hit at the same time, so it actually felt like a holiday. Some of the architecture in Bristol has a seaside feel that enhanced the holiday feeling! I had a beautiful time getting to know my nephew, who is, of course, growing up so fast, and going out every day in the sun. My highlights of the week were babysitting Victor for a day while Erika popped out to her BSL teaching duties, a ferry taxi round trip, and a botanic garden.

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The Glasshouses in Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Last month Aneurin and I went away for a long weekend in Edinburgh to celebrate our 5-year anniversary. We absolutely love the city and I want to share my highlight of the weekend, the glasshouses in Royal Botanic Garden.

They are huge and my idea of heaven – according to the website there are 28 glasshouses in the garden! We spent much longer than expected wandering around, for nearly half the day, but it was definitely worth our time. I took plenty of photos and inspiration for my future paintings.

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Woodthorpe Tropical House

I forgot how I found out about Woodthorpe Tropical House, but I can remember how excited I got! The park is about 15 minutes drive away. So last weekend, despite the rain there was a window of few hours’ sunshine and I grabbed the opportunity to head over and give it a good exploring…

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The Joy Of Walking

Walking is becoming one of my favourite things. Especially in parks and nature reserves where I can enjoy the wonder of nature. I have always liked walking – when I lived in Queens Road Peckham I would often visit Peckham Rye Park for a good few hours. But my love of walking has definitely grown since I moved to Nottingham, with Wollaton Deer Park almost down the road. And since I got a car last year, I have been able to visit the Peak District and any other nature reserves as much as I want.

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