December was THE busiest month for us here (blog post to follow) and so we managed just one trip to The National Botanic Gardens Of Wales all month which is very unlike us. I’d very much hoped to visit the weekend of the Christmas Food Fayre but typically that weekend coincided with our house move and we missed it. It sounded and looked so wonderful and I was most disappointed. It also didn’t help that I dislocated my knee this month and haven’t been greatly mobile for most of December.
However, we did visit in the days between Christmas and New Year and it was such the loveliest time to visit as it was just what we needed to “blow the cobwebs away” having been at home for a couple of days.
We were met with a most beautiful winter’s day, the weather perfect for a stroll through the beautiful gardens and given it was a bitterly cold day we made the most of the indoor spaces here.
We’d not ventured into the coffee shop at the entrance to the gardens before and whilst we are members here you don’t need to be to enjoy this coffee shop. It’s well worth a visit and I can wholeheartedly recommend the victoria sponge cake as it was quite possibly the nicest victoria sponge cake I’ve eaten and I’ve eaten a few!
Once warmed up we headed for the butterfly house as despite my bringing Tiggy and her brothers here on countless trips it’s not often my husband gets the chance to come with us and he’d not been in here before. He was most impressed even competing with Tiggy’s older brothers as to whom could stand still the longest in the hope that a butterfly would land on them.
We ventured from here to the great glasshouse and here we sat for a while to watch the fish. Tiggy (her brother’s too) love it in here amongst the plants and love to run through the fungi exhibit, too quick for me on this occasion to catch a photograph thanks to my knee, a must do on our next visit.
The glasshouse is greatly impressive with so many varieties of plants and this is where the food fayre was held so doubles as a terrific venue too.
The Gardens hold “doggy days” which I’d not really given much thought to previously but on Christmas Eve we became the proud owners of two cocker spaniel pups as this was what Tiggy’s brother Reuben had asked for for Christmas and whilst I’m very much conscious of the saying “a dog is for life not just for christmas” we had previously said that once we moved to somewhere with some land that he could have some and that just so happened to coincide with Christmas week this year (or last year now as it’s taken so long to have two minutes to sit still to write this post). So in the coming weeks I’m looking forward to trying out the “doggy days”.
Being a sunny winter day on the day we visited, the sun sitting low in the sky, it made for some fabulous photos…
What’s on at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in January:
Welly Wednesday – Fun activities for pre-schoolers and their grown-ups! FREE entry for all.
Building Our Heritage – Talks on living in and looking after old buildings.
Doggy Weekend – A special weekend for you and your dog – FREE Entry.
Doggy Day – Bring your dog for a walk around the Garden FREE entry.
Welly Wednesday – Fun activities for preschoolers and their grown-ups! FREE entry for all.
Woodcraft Weekend – All that is good about wood – £3 Entry.
Doggy Day – Bring your dog for a walk around the Garden FREE entry for all.
Welly Wednesday – Fun activities for pre-schoolers and their grown-ups.
Food Fair – The finest of local food and drink – £3 Entry.
Doggy Day – Bring your dog for a walk around the Garden – FREE entry.
Saint Dwynwen’s Day – Bring your loved one for a stroll in the Garden – FREE entry for all Welly Wednesday – Fun activities for pre-schoolers and their grown-ups!
Antiques Weekend – £3 Entry to our popular fair.
Doggy Day – Bring your dog for a walk around the Garden – FREE entry for all.
and of course there were a few flowers here too…