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“A moment spent in wonder is worth a lifetime spent in awe.”

 

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  • sam Them strawberries look so vibrant and yum X #mmbc 22 May
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day out

Eden Project

I’m always impressed by the sheer concept of the Eden Project, down in Cornwall. To stand and look at an empty quarry and envisage turning it into such a project, is amazing. They shifted a mountain of earth, engineered two enormous domes and planted plants. Lots of them. All to give visitors an experience of walking through a rainforest and visiting the Mediterranean. Of course, it is more than that.

(eldest five years ago in front of the Rainforest biome)

We visited the Eden Project five years ago. This is a photo of the rainforest biome from last time as I didn’t seem to take so many this visit. Not of the biomes, at least. It was good to go again. Apart from being a different season to last time, I think it was long enough for the children to see it with fresh eyes again.

(Eldest in the middle. She has had her hair cut in the meantime, I promise.)

One of the biomes contains a rainforest, which is probably the nearest I’ll ever get to one. I find the plants in there fascinating. The scale is impressive. As is the heat! I don’t remember walking through the mist makers, giving the impression of clouds.

(bananas, cacao and rice growing in the rainforest biome)

The Mediterranean biome was great to walk through. It feels more spacious and you get a better impression of how big the biomes have been built. It is also familiar. Walking through an olive grove. Bougainvillea growing over walls. Lemon blossom smelling sweet. All memories from my childhood.

Being spring, there were different plants taking centre stage. I think our summer visit was more colourful and floral. This time, there were areas outside the domes that had obviously been readied for planting. Tantalising information boards, but no plants to match. I’m sure by the summer it will make an interesting display.

In all honesty, it’s the biomes I like to see and they are probably good at every time of the year. Not many places in the UK where you can see pineapples growing. I’m sure we’ll be back again.

Was it worth taking the children again? Yes. I know they enjoyed it. They’ve all reached the stage where they will read an information board if it interests them. I think there was something there for all of them. The Eden Project has a farm theme exhibition, this year, which is targeted at the younger children. As for teens, they loved exploring again. We walked miles. Saw lots. They’ll be back one day too.

{edited: I do have a yearning to add statues to the garden now. Imagine the mirrored one in the top photo, and how about a few dancing people?}

Outside

I was caught in the moment. Stood, looking up at my daughter crossing ropes and swinging platforms, strung between the trees, metres above my head, when I heard an insistent voice behind me.

I want to do that. I want to do that now.”

A pre-schooler skipping along the path I was on, had spotted my eldest teen up in the trees. It would be several years before the little girl would be big enough to do the Go Ape course, there is a minimum height and age, but something told me that she was going to be fearless and scale the heights with no problem.

It took me back. In my mind’s eye, I could see my big girl at that age. Once she decided to do something, nothing would stop her. Something that’s not changed over the years. I knew she wouldn’t flinch at the challenge of this tree top course. In fact, I knew none of my three would have a problem. They have climbed trees and hillsides since they could walk. They love rock climbing, and climb mountains like billy goats.

Go Ape is something that’s been on our list for a while. We headed down this week to Dorset for the Moors Valley centre. At 11, 14 and 16 they are the perfect age to start. Safety is taken seriously. They were ready for the challenge. My husband went with them, while I took photos and held on to the hound.

The course took about three hours. When they finally made it down to earth again, they were several inches taller and buzzing.

It has been a week of low tech and outdoors. This week we’ve challenged ourselves to one hour of no electricity each day, which tended to turn into more than an hour. Sounds simple, but thought had to be put into it. We also tried to do activities that furthered our green lifestyle. Greenhouse is now clear and ready for planting. Old school exercise books, about 60, have been recycled. Good paper rescued. Items have been decluttered and passed on thoughtfully.

We’ve had lots of conversations about how we can improve the way we live and avoid impacting the natural resources. I love their passion and determination to make a difference.

What else has happened this week? We had a trip to the Somerset Levels. Took a slightly different path. There is so much to explore and see how it changes with the seasons.

I also finished my jumper. I said it would be ready for the warm weather and the very next day, the temperature rose. I’m sure I’ll have a chance to wear it before long.

The long Easter weekend is rolling out in front of us. Entertaining and family days out may have morphed since they were pre-schoolers, but I welcome the change. Taking them on organized Easter egg hunts is definitely a thing of the past. The Zog trail we saw, barely got a comment. Not that they are against the idea of an Easter egg hunt completely. Apparently they still want one on Sunday in our garden. Chocolate is chocolate after all. They are not daft!

Joining in with Anne’s Word of the week. Seeing as we’ve spent so much time outside, it seems to sum up our week.

 

Raisie Bay

 

Sunday Photo – The Levels

Beautiful day on the Somerset Levels. Listening to the boom of the bittern and watching marsh harriers and great white egrets. Stopped in our tracks by a black cap who perched on a branch a metre or two away, and sang. Pure joy.

Oh, that’s Glastonbury Tor in the background.

(For April Fools this year, the local council pinned a planning application to the Tor for a mobile phone mast to be put on top of it. Ha! No way!)

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