Wednesday, 27 September 2017

A day trip to Swanage in Dorset

As the weather was set to be fairly good, Brian and I decided that we needed a short break and headed off to Bournemouth.   We spent one morning in Swanage which is close to Bournemouth.  Despite it being a windy day, the sun was shining.   I was keen to try out my new camera - a Sony Cyber Shot RX100-3.

The first thing we saw when we walked down to the front was this marquee which had been completely blown down in the gales the previous evening.

 View across the bay to the cliffs

 One of the nice things about Swanage is the train station with its steam engines.  These are a few pictures of the train being made ready for its trip.

Carriages in the sidings

All aboard!

Another view across the bay

Towards the end of the pier.  We were horrified to see that there is a £1 per person charge to 'stroll' on the pier.  We gave it a miss.


Rowing boats 'docked' on dry land

 We left Swanage shortly after lunch and made our way to see some friends who live in Wool, a bit further along the coast.  The sat nav directed us a different way back to the main road and we came across these views across to Poole Harbour

Finally, some photo's of Bournemouth.  The weather was not that good on our last day so not many photographs were taken.  This is a view of the pier - good grief, they charge £1.25 to walk on their pier!

This pigeon thinks its a kingfisher perched on this stick

Rockery in the Winter Gardens.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Kew Gardens - A Garden Club Outing

Early in September the village Garden club went on a coach outing to The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.  Although the skies were overcast, it was a really enjoyable day. Luckily we did not get any rain until we had to leave for our coach.   These are some of the photographs I took.

The Palm House

Bedding in front of the Palm House.  The Dahlias are "David Howard".

The Madagascar Periwinkle.  A tender perennial, often grown as a houseplant it was traditionally used as a remedy for diabetes and digestive ailments. Two of the alkaloids found in the sap of this plant are now used to fight leukaemia and Hodgkin's Disease. The alkaloids are only found in tiny amounts. One tonne of leaves must be processed to provide one dose.  In the 60's only 20% of childhood leukaemia victims survived; now 95% have a chance of remission due to the drugs developed from this plant.

I have no idea what this is called, but it is rather weid.

I did wonder who was buried under this tree - we were not missing anyone from our coach party.

View across the Thames in the distance to Sion House

End of the Palm House

Warning - Bark overload ahead!

The Lacebark Pine - on which I took the photos of the above bark.

A Temple

 This Wych Hazel has its seasons muddled.  It is flowering and still has its summer leaves.  Normally winter flowering and the leaves are produced in summer when the flowers are over.

The Hive - we did not go inside this, but we could see the lights flashing and the humming sound when bees entered one of the beehives in the gardens.  Interesting

Close up of the Hive- the red dots are the lights.

The Princess of Wales House


Ha Ha - I found a pelargonium - this is P. carnosum, a succulent type

This hanging pot of Christmas Cactus will look spectacular at Christmas - it must be almost 3' across.

Another pelargonium - P. salmoneum

 And another - P. longicaule

Grasses bed

Alpine House


Bonsai House

 Vegetable Garden

 Flower beds

 Another view of the Temple

I hope you enjoyed visiting Kew Gardens