Quiet Kew Gardens

I’ve been a Friend of Kew Gardens for about 30 years. I live only a couple of miles away so these famous – indeed, UNESCO World Heritage Site – Gardens are local to me and where I most often go for a walk. Usually, I can just turn up when the fancy takes me and […]

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Little Blueberry Cakes for a Picnic

A picnic was promised. I’ve been booking weekly slots to go to Kew Gardens since it reopened. I do miss just being able to go there spontaneously on a nice day since the gardens are local to me, just a couple of miles away, but I’m grateful they’re open again and I can once more […]

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Return to Kew Gardens

Everyone has missed something during Lockdown since late March, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. There have been many common experiences but each person has had their own unique experience too. There have been some really difficult things to negotiate a way through for many people but, though I long for a return to a greater […]

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Chihuly at Kew Gardens

I have to confess to writing about Dale Chihuly’s exhibition of glass artworks at Kew Gardens rather late in the day. The show opened in April and closes at the end of next month (27 October), so time is running out if you want to see it. I also have to confess that while Chihuly […]

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Restaurant Review: Richmond Cafe – Thai Cuisine

It’s been a glorious sunny weekend and if the weather yesterday was perfect for the Royal Wedding in Windsor, where Harry and Meghan tied the knot, it turned out to be the perfect day for a visit to Kew Gardens to see the recently reopened Temperate House. My friend Elsa took the London Overground train […]

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The Original Maids of Honour

Once upon a time, about twenty-odd years ago, I used to pick my children up from school and for an occasional treat we would drive to Kew and have tea in The Original Maids of Honour tea rooms. Since I began the blog – nearly 7 years ago – we have been saying that ‘we […]

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A Spring Morning Walk in Kew Gardens

This post is for my dear friend Jane – and she will know why. Spring is very late coming this year. I know this particularly as it’s my birthday in a couple of days’ time and so I can recall birthdays when spring was further along, apple blossom on trees, a taste of summer in […]

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An Autumn Morning Walk in Kew Gardens

It’s been a glorious Sunday morning here in SW London and a perfect day to head to Kew Gardens for a walk and to see the beautiful autumn colours as the trees and bushes turn from green to golds and reds. I walked round the gardens for about an hour and a half and took […]

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A Morning Walk in Kew Gardens: December 2015

With only days left in the year, I thought I should take advantage of the sunny morning and head to Kew Gardens to write the last post in my A Year in Kew Gardens series. It was a fairly spontaneous decision to start the project after a visit here in January¬†but¬†it’s brought me unexpected joy […]

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A Sunday Morning Walk in Kew Gardens: November 2015

I’ve had a cold for a week so my energy is a bit depleted, but I couldn’t resist heading to Kew Gardens this morning for a walk with the sun shining brightly in the crisp wintery air. I was also running out of time to do the November post of my A Year in Kew […]

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