First on the list was to go to the Winter Gardens. These are in the City Centre and so I found my way there, parked up and wandered off to find them. I wandered a little bit too much but eventually realised I was closer than I thought. I might (did) walk in rather a large circle.
The Winter Gardens are a fantastic structure. Inside there are plants(derr) and some cafes and shops.
I had a moment of tree-fern envy. I bought a little tree fern the other month, but I am seriously considering getting a larger one as well. It is time I replaced my dead tree fern, it has been dead for a good six years now and it is time the mourning should end. I say mourning, it is more like an unrealistic hope that it might magically spring back into life. I really have to let go of this hope.
There was also a nice bit of palmage as well.
Plus other plants like this that I do not know the name of, nice though isn't it?
Finally there was this terrifying puppet hiding in a tree waiting to jump out at me. It is terrifying, not that I am not completely automatonphobic, (some of my best friends are not puppets but....) it has to be considered that puppets and dolls that magically come to life do have the capacity to give me a little fright.
I enjoyed my stop-off in the city, but thought I would move on as my desire for garden-based recharging was not yet complete. After a day and a half stuck in a conference room I needed more fresh air to clear my head. I moved on to the Botanic Gardens which will be the subject of part two.