Lots has been happening in the Campus Garden in the last couple of months, and I’ve been writing about it over on the Garden Soc blog. Go and have a read to find out about how we sold our first crop, finding edible plants on campus and to see more pictures.
Today Garden Soc went to the RHS Wisley garden. It was great to see how they organised their allotment (which is smaller than ours!) especially their compost bin which we’re hoping to replicate soon. I was surprised by the sheer variety of things to see over the 240 acre site – everything from herbs and heathers to ponds and bonsai. Favourites have to include watching wasps help pollination of flowers – I was literally mesmerised for about 20 minutes, and the butterfly house! Check out some of the photos below.
Aside from the obvious trip to New Zealand, 2014 was another great year for travelling. Barcelona started things off in January, then Nice, Hannover, Paris and Amsterdam. So many other amazing places in the UK such as Llangollen, Canterbury, Cardiff and Bridgenorth to name just a few. 2015 might have to be a bit more low key. Click on any of the photos to get a closer look.
I’ve finally got around to putting up some of the more epic photos from Emily and I’s New Zealand trip. These photos only scratch the surface of what we saw, but at least it gives you an idea of what the other side of the world looks like. Take time to read the description on each photograph for the full story.
I’ve finally added a few more Paris photos to the post from a couple weeks ago, so go back and have a look! On halloween we (aptly) ventured into the Paris catacombs, an underground street that was filled with the bones of over 6 million Parisians. In the late 18th century after cemeteries above ground were quite literally full to overflowing, the king ordered the relocation of Parisian dead from their graves into the newly discovered underground ‘mines’. The mines came about during the construction of buildings in Paris, as the limestone deposits underfoot provided ideal building material without the need for costly transportation, but when a house collapsed into a previously forgotten mine in 1774, the French lamented the laziness of their ancestors. It’s a fascinating 2.5km walk, if a bit morbid, especially considering there is literally nothing between you and the bones.
In other news, Emily and I went to an owl sanctuary in Kent a couple weekends ago and got to hold and fly owls! It was so cool and very interesting to find out more about these fascinating birds.