I visit London often but I don’t always make time to do touristy things. Because I’m there to see James and spend time with friends I usually end up going for drinks, dinner or hanging out in someone’s apartment. Whilst I completely adore doing those things, it was nice to spend a day in London doing something unusual and visiting Kew Gardens last month. It really is such a magical place. I remember going to Kew gardens with my art class at school to take photos for our photography project. I ended up focusing the rest of my work on flowers and furniture, making a chair to plant in a huge pot covered by vines, as well as a chair in the shape of a flower which I decoupaged with prints of my own flower paintings. I guess I’ve always been inspired by plants! There must be photos of these sketchbooks at my parents’ house and I’m dying to rifle back through them. I’m so inspired by the cast iron structure of the glasshouses and I think it’s amazing how each one can transport you to another country with the different biodiversity and micro-climates contained in a glass building. The rainforest glasshouse is my favourite because it’s so warm, although I had to hide my camera under my coat every couple of minutes when the sprinklers came on!
We managed to spend the last hour of the day wandering around the grounds at sunset, which was amazing. The treetop walkway is spectacular and there really is so much space there. It would be the perfect place to return with a picnic on a sunny day! On our way out we spotted this fox by a tree. He didn’t seem to mind us approaching to take a photo – I think it’s the closest I’ve ever seen a fox in real life. I have mixed feelings about foxes – they’re so cute and of course I think fox hunting is disgusting – but I also don’t like that they kill bunny rabbits. It might be a part of nature, but my feelings about bunny rabbits transcend all reason.