Saturday at Kew Gardens: Photowalk

Saturday, I went on a lovely trip to Kew Gardens with Annie, Mex, Nikki and Julian (the links go to their photos). Unfortunately, Evan had to work.

For the bank holiday weekend, there is a Woodland Fair going on at Kew, and there were horse-drawn carriage rides, craftsmen, Morris dancers and a falconry show. I didn’t get to see all of the different gardens in the park, or go in the palm house, though, so hopefully I’ll get back there soon.

touching an owl

We got to touch an owl — its feathers were soft.


There were woodworkers turning wood by foot power — those long sticks attached to a strong wrapped around the piece of wood, and turned it back and forth.

may flowers

There were also cute crafts like these wood May flowers.

bee being born

We saw bees emerging from their pupal cases — this one was had only popped his head out. I also bought some pollen collected from the bees’ legs, and there were many different types of honey to buy.

Morris Dancers

There were morris dancers putting on a show — they danced around with bells on their shoes and legs and smacking their sticks together.

crazy people dancing

In one of the stranger moments of the day, these two wandering musicians were encircled by some very enthusiastic people who danced circles around them. If only I’d videotaped it…

yurt and accordion player

There were also lots of yurts — here’s a wooden tiger overlooking the accordion player in front of the puppet show yurt.

Check out the rest of my photos on Flickr.


6 Responses to “Saturday at Kew Gardens: Photowalk”

  1. Annie Mole says:

    Hi Francine – lovely shot of the bees and the wooden May Flowers.

    Yes a video was certainly needed for the err “wandering musicians” as you say it was one of the stranger moments of the day.

    Glad you enjoyed it. I went yesterday with four other friends but we went quite late and did more of the usual Kew stuff – Palm House, wandering by the lake & river, rhodendron dell, Japanese stuff – so you’ll deffo have to come back again to take in Kew’s more “normal” but beautiful stuff!

  2. Francine says:

    I was originally going to say crazy people surrounded by crazier people, but I was trying to be diplomatic. If only I could recreate that moment — those were some incredibly enthusiastic hippies.

  3. Fimb says:

    Fantastic.. The shot of the bee appearing is great. And yeah, those people dancing were very amusing – oh to have the kind of self confidence needed for that.
    And nice morris dancer description.. *laughing* No mention of wierdness at all!

  4. Francine says:

    Thanks, Fimb. The macro setting did a good job on that one! And I have more of those morris dancer photos where they’re waving the sticks about and they really do look like they’re about to beat each other!

  5. Mex says:

    Loving the owl picture, even if my huge hand takes up most of the shot ;)

    But his feathers were really soft.

  6. Francine says:

    I think it showed how interactive it was — I mean, we really got to touch that owl — no one-finger-on-the-back type deal!

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