If you have an interest in all things that flutter then you may like me have visited the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London. Upon entering the tent you are transported into a sickly sweet paradise (aka a greenhouse) filled with a variety of different species flying overhead. It was interesting to see the evolution of these delicate insects, from caterpillar to chrysalis, to their final form. The chrysalises are flown in from all over the world to create this little tropical home filled with sweet smelling flowers to attract the butterflies; and it really was filled to the brim with these wonderful creatures in all stages of their very brief lives.
In my opinion a birthday can’t be celebrated or even acknowledged without a cake and the blowing of candles/ birthday chanting charade that comes with every passing year. You squeeze your eyes shut and blow with all the muster you have, like you life depends on it. All whilst making that crucial wish of course. It’s not official until you can smell the waft of burnt candles – marking that realization that another year has sped by. As the cake is clearly the most important element of the day, me and my best friend decided to make a little field trip to get one. We headed up the coast to our destination of Holt in North Norfolk, wherein lies Byfords; the most charming english cafe/ store/ B&B you may ever come across. After seeing the menu, neither of us needed much convincing. Katy ordered the eggs arlington and I got the
posh fish finger sandwich which was incredibly yummy. After brunch I chose my cake (a classic victoria sponge- sold in the store) and spent the afternoon pottering about Holt, dashing between the cute shops whilst hiding from the ever lurking rain.
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Apologies this post is long overdue, I’ve been editing and rewording for days now. My visit to the Chelsea Flower Show seems like it was weeks ago, leaving me with a slightly hazy memory and very sore feet. Although the tickets were slightly expensive, it is an all day affair with an abundance of plants and gardens. Of course if there isn’t a horticultural bone in your body then it may not be the place for you! There is much to see, plenty to eat (ahem chelsea buns) and of course drink, in the form of Pimms.
From top to bottom: The Telegraph Garden, Gold Winner designed by Tommasco del Buono & Paul Gazerwitz // A Garden for First Touch at St George’s, Silver Winner designed by Patrick Collins, The RBC Waterscape Garden, Gold Winner designed by Hugo Bugg (such beautiful blue Irises) // London Square, Gold Winner designed by Jo Thompson
Patience is really the key to seeing the outside gardens, with little or no space to move about you have to really have to treasure the moments of space. Best avoided during a thunderstorm (which saw the entirety of Chelsea cram into the show tent) but the place to seek out at 4pm when plant sale craziness kicks off!
regrettably gladly say that my Lindt bunny is now slightly maimed, with a quick beheading; all whilst watching Game of Thrones – this may have influenced my method of torture on the poor bunny! Today has mainly been spent indulging in all manner of sweet treats, but I did feel slightly guilty and went for a post-sugar high induced trek through the forest.
Hello Spring, I’ve missed you! Just as I was beginning to think I would never see the sun again. The weather in England is finally picking up and we have been very lucky of late with some bright blue skies, oh and did I mention the beautiful flowers popping up everywhere! This weather revival is the perfect excuse for walks and icecreams, a mantra which I firmly believe in and have already begun. Hoping this spell will never end…
Note: These bluebells aren’t blooming yet, but they were pretty and very spring like. Stolen from a post intended for last year- when they were in actual bloom.