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Last Weekend: Kew Gardens and Richmond


Last Saturday, on the way to meeting friends in Richmond, we hopped off the train at Kew on a spur-of-the-moment impulse and made our way down through the leafy village streets to Kew Gardens, where we enjoyed the myriad of flora on display, boggled at the rain-starved brown lawns, sweltered in the tropical Victorian greenhouses, and climbed the stairs to walk amongst the treetops at the Xstrata Skywalk. We ended our journey at Richmond Green, to enjoy a pint or two in the sunshine. Ah, summer.

(Geek note: These are all taken with my Canon S90 prosumer compact, which I have been railing against for its poor low-light performance. However it does bear up nicely in daylight, especially when shooting RAW)

  1. edmuund
    August 5, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Go down to Kew in lilac-time, in lilac-time, in lilac-time; Go down to Kew in lilac-time (it isn’t far from London!) And you shall wander hand in hand with love in summer’s wonderland; 35 Go down to Kew in lilac-time (it isn’t far from London!) The cherry-trees are seas of bloom and soft perfume and sweet perfume, The cherry-trees are seas of bloom (and oh, so near to London!) And there they say, when dawn is high and all the world’s a blaze of sky The cuckoo, though he’s very shy, will sing a song for London. 40 The nightingale is rather rare and yet they say you’ll hear him there At Kew, at Kew in lilac-time (and oh, so near to London!) The linnet and the throstle, too, and after dark the long halloo And golden-eyed tu-whit, tu-whoo of owls that ogle London. For Noah hardly knew a bird of any kind that isn’t heard 45 At Kew, at Kew in lilac-time (and oh, so near to London!) And when the rose begins to pout and all the chestnut spires are out You’ll hear the rest without a doubt, all chorusing for London:—

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