Have I mentioned that before? (The question is rhetorical. I think we all know the answer to that one.)
There’s just something about crunchy leaves, misty mornings, hot coffee and a wooly scarf that makes me go all gooey and heart-eyed.
On Sunday, our friends rocked up early in the morning to pick Gary and I up in the car. We popped into town, picked up a round of caramel lattes, and then hit the road, with Google Maps to guide us on our way.
We arrived at Kew Gardens at just gone 10am, and there was already a queue at the gate. Once we got inside though, everyone melted away in different directions, and we had the place (almost) to ourselves.
I really want to do a West Coast USA road trip, but for now, the Redwood Grove at Kew is an excellent substitute.
The trees are a mix of giant and coastal redwoods, and they are BIG. Big trees. Not as big as the ones you’d find in the States, obviously, but still. They’re big enough!
There’s also a proper, traditional, Japanese Minka farmhouse (which I apparently forgot to photograph), which was actually built in the 1930s in Japan, and then transported to the UK in 2001 for restoration.
It sits in the middle of a beautiful bamboo garden in Kew, and it’s really interesting to see the inside and read about how the houses were traditionally made.
We also visited Palm House, a tropical greenhouse which bears a verrrrry suspicious resemblance to the Aviary from Jurassic World…
Now, I’m not saying there are dinosaurs at Kew Gardens.
I’m just saying that those palm trees, coconut trees, and banana plants are TALL.