Thursday, 28 April 2011

Easter Activities at Kew Gardens

Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Easter and are looking forward to the upcoming Bank Holiday?

I planned on putting this up earlier, but I was kept quite busy. So, before we all head off to enjoy the second long weekend and revel in the festivities of the Royal Wedding, allow me to cover the Easter Activities at Kew Gardens!

As luck would have it, I completely forgot my DSLR in my excitement and had to settle for using my camera-phone. You can view the rest of the images on the Destination Richmond Facebook Photo Album (click here)

It was an insanely beautiful day and Kew Gardens was teeming with parents and children, and lovers alike. I took my brother since he needed some fresh air, and we had fun...though, not in so many words. As mentioned in the previous post, I was looking forward to taking part in Chocolate Making, but unfortunately it was only open to parents and children, of which I am neither...I've always wanted to give it a go...guess I'll have to keep my eyes open for another opportunity.

The next was Chocolate Tasting, which was open to all, but the table was crowded with children and I didn't want to rob them of the sweet goodness. It seems like I didn't get to do anything Chocolate-related apart from taking pictures of the Chocolate-coloured Easter Sculptures dotted about between the Orangery and White Peaks Cafe's. Those were very nice to look at .

Kew Palace looked wonderful in the Sun:

It was just nice to see the Gardens so full of people enjoying the grounds and activities. Since my brother had only been a few times and hadn't explored properly, I took him to the aquarium in the lower levels of Palm House. He really enjoyed it, though my main reason for taking him down was to show him the seahorses and, yet again, as luck would have it...the seahorse tank was under maintenance - it certainly wasn't our luck that day, haha!

Ah well, we had a lovely day anyway rounded off by some nice ice cream and my favourite Lemonade Lollies.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Kew Gardens 2011 Tropical Extravaganza and Easter Events!

First up, I can't believe how long it's been since my last post - February?! I can't believe I let it get so bad...but then, there were a few things that came up between then and now...things that called upon my primary skillset involving Website Design.

Anyway, that's besides the point. What is important and most newsworthy is that I have finally put up the pictures I took at the 2011 Kew Gardens Tropical Extravaganza! Click Here to view them! (NB: It seems like you have to be logged into Facebook to view them, even though it's a public share link...I'll see what I can do about providing another place) It was my first time using my new DSLR camera, and it took ages to sift through all of the images and bring them down to a decent size - what's in the gallery is about half of what I took in total that day.

Also of note, are the Easter Activities that started over the weekend and will continue on until May 9th 2011. Activities include:

  • Easter Egg Hunt - 24th April 2011; 9.30am-1.00pm...or until the eggs run out!
  • Chocolate Sculptures on display
  • Chocolate Workshops - 9th-25th April and 29th April-2nd May 2011; 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm
  • Chocolate Trail: From Bean to Bar
  • Chocolate Tasting Sessions - 9th and 24th April; 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm
I'm very much looking forward to attending the Chocolate Workshops and Tasting Sessions, so I guess I'll probably see you around! (I'll be the one trying to inconspicuously nom on the chocolate, of course!)