Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Bernays Gardens Community Group Blog - Please Help

For those who haven't caught on yet, I've been volunteering in some local gardens, The Bernays Gardens to be exact and we're trying to raise the profile and get more volunteers.

It's for this reason that I now look after another blog for the group.

So please pop along and check it out, I'll be trying to keep it interesting with some fun facts about plants,  the local area and what we've been up to. There will be other people writing on it too hopefully, mix things up a bit! 

The latest post is a news bulletin.

And if you're local, we're looking for more volunteers so come along to the facebook page and join us. 

Please spread the word. We need everyone to help even in the smallest way to get our gardens and the cottages back to their original glory. Please retweet and share our links on social media. It all helps. 




Thursday, 9 July 2015

Whipsnade Zoo

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Last week Ali and Kathryn had the day off work. We wanted to go to London Zoo but I had heard a lot of the animals had gone to Whipsnade to larger and happier enclosures, trip advisor confirmed this for us.

It was a beautiful sunny day, much like the ones we've been having in the UK recently, so we put the top down on the car, turned the music up and drove up the M1. We took a google maps adventure through some winding country lanes into little villages. For anyone who doesn't know what a "Google maps adventure is" it's when you know there is a more direct route to where you are going because there are big clear signs, but you let the google lady take you another route, just for fun or a potential adventure, because it's usually only a few minutes, and if you have time, why not?! We went through some gorgeous little villages past cute country pubs and churches and the sun was shining. It was great!

Whipsnade was so quiet when we got there, it was a Monday and it wasn't school holidays. Such a perfect day to visit with the sunshine and people picnicking. I wasn't going to make it a blog post, but I took some lovely photos on my phone so I thought I'd put them up.

If you get a chance to go this summer, do it! Take a picnic and make a day of it.

 This is the awesome view from the top of the park near the penguins. There is just so much space, it's very peaceful and lovely to see the animals happy and well cared for. Look at the poppies in the field below, I wish I'd had my good camera with me.

Happy Elks! Had to pose! :)

 I've never been this close to Lions before. They were sunbathing right by the glass.

 This little elephant was one of our favourites. He kept crawling under the legs of the other ones, causing mischief!

It was such a brilliant day out. If you have too much holiday at work right now, do it before the school holidays start, take a day off and treat yourself! And if you have children, take them over the summer, it's worth the money and will tire them out walking all over the place. We had such a lovely day and were talking about the animals all evening!


Friday, 3 July 2015

Highgate Cemetary West

I have this gorgeous friend Su and she takes tours at Highgate Cemetary. The tour has been on my to do list pretty much since I went away to New Zealand and found out she was doing them and that I would be too far away to go. So on Saturday night, Mum, her friend Suzanne and I all went to Highgate West Cemetary to hear a bit of History and look at some gravestones and tombs. Dark!

It rained all day and the ladies weren't best pleased with that, but they ploughed on ahead anyway (I was very proud) bringing raincoats and an umbrella each, and in a way the weather made for the perfect graveyard atmosphere.

The air smelt lovely, the greeenery was lush and overgrowing everywhere you looked, and although I had promised myself I would try and stick to B&W photography, some of the greens and mossy colours were too good not to pick up in colour. I've decided it doesn't matter, I'm going to mix my favourites of the two together. So without babbling any longer because it's tken me forever to get this post up, here are the photos and if you like the idea of learning about a famous and historic cemetery, you can find out more about tours here: http://highgatecemetery.org

This is where I flipped into black and white.

Su took us up telling us lots of grave stories along the way.

And then sometimes I would flip back to colour, because the rain and lush overgrowth!

This one below was vandalised a few years back before the Friends of Highgate Cemetery came in and starting protecting the place. Creepy huh? Who would break into a grave?!