Despite not needing to wake at silly o'clock to get to Kew for 8, I woke at silly o'clock after a rubbish night's sleep...
so I was ready early and got an earlier train than I intended, and had a longish wait to get in...
before turning off and heading for the Princess of Wales glasshouse
these are still pretty tall though
blossoms falling from the planting round the outsides of the pond lying in the Chihuly...
but I got some
so I walked on down the path past,
I always keep my eye open for this patch of funghi - it always comes back in the same place each year
this is the first time I've noticed it this year
and the dull cloudy day was making the colours zing
(ok, one of them)
however, it makes a great backdrop
I went inside the cafe and got some water so I could take some headache tablets, and sat for a few minutes.
then i decided I would have a hot drink (shock horror no cake today)
I brought it to a bench outside the Palm House
then I noticed the Kew lady I've often talked to in her guise as Chihuly guide so went and had a lovely chat with her (haven't seen her for a few weeks - turns out she's been on different Chihuly shifts and I've missed her)
We were discussing the weather today - it felt very "heavy" and was very still, not a breeze at all (not humid though) - she mentioned that she was working the other day when we had torrential rain all day - and loved it
and went back into the POW glasshouse
how very kind of them!
i went "wow" as I walked through the gateway
still up the pillar (although it was only about 20 minutes if that since my second sighting)
If it weren't for Summer Sun, it's nearly black and white...
so lots more autumn tree action
love how the patterns make the cylinders look bendy - there are quite straight-sided
headed across the grass to the Temperate House
up above... I caused a bit of a traffic jam on the stairs stopping to take this through the wrought iron
a few coleus still on display
to see how much the colour has changed since last week...
we agreed it was a shame when it still looked so good, but they have to get the beds prepared
after all it ended up being a lovely visit - mild, moody (skies) and beautiful!
thanks for looking.