On our way home from Newquay another surprise from the Mr was a trip to somewhere that I have wanted to go to for a long time. He knows that I am never happier than when I am behind my camera snapping away through the day – there are other things that I love of course!
So on our way home we started to follow the signs for ‘The Eden Project’ and I was beaming from ear to ear. Whilst he was concentrating on the road I could see him trying to hide his delight that I was so happy and it really did bring a tear to the eye.
With plenty to do for kids, adults and on the outskirts even dogs The Eden Project is a place that I will definitely be visiting again next year. Another reason for that would be because we have now got an annual pass for the year!
How did we get it?
There are two options for immediate entry and they are
– £25 1 Day Ticket
– £25 1 year Annual Ticket
At first we were a little confused but this is the way that it was explained to us…
If you pay for the day ticket then your entrance is only for the day that you attend and pay – the price for this is £25. If you however want to return you pay £25 for that day and get your picture taken and can visit any time within the next year (as many times as you like!) – your £25 (with Gift Aid – if you are a taxpayer) goes as a donation to the ‘project’. You do not have to pay £50 altogether – no, no!
You pay the same amount for one day that you do for a whole year . . .
Are you confused yet?!
I am still slightly confused but we got the Annual Pass anyway!
Throughout the project there are a plethora of activities as mentioned above however we stuck to three main parts for this particular day out. We are hoping to return next year (as we have our annual passes!) and check out the rest. As we went smack bang in the middle of school holidays it was absolutely packed to the rafters with kiddies which is lovely but it will be nice to see the more tranquil side of the project (hopefully there is one!) out of the school holiday time.
Overall I think we took about 500 photos between us which is average for me but slightly overwhelming for the Mr who isn’t so used to being firmly attached to a camera. Also as I don’t really want to drown you in photos we sat and picked out what we thought best portrayed the lovely day we had there. We put the pictures into three groups to make it easy to see the difference between the parts of the project that we captured. A little warning before I launch into my mini album of the day – there are a lot of beautiful flowers but I have no idea what their names are – if you know then please do drop me a line in the comments box as it would be nice to know for future reference!
The Eden Walk
It’s just so pink and perfect!
Something about this plant caught my eye and I still can’t put my finger on why.
So simple yet beautiful at the same time.
Once again another that caught my eye and i’m not sure why. Maybe it is because of the dark leaves and such a light flower?!
Despite this gargantuan statues size his name is actually WEEE man! At 7 metres high and weighing in at 3.3 tonnes of electrical and electronic equipment waste to represent the amount wasted by the average British household in a lifetime. Just think, all of that from ONE household! Hats off to the creative bods that came up with this awesome design.
WEEE = Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment
This ‘Giant Steel Man’ towers over the Eden Projects hemp exhibit which is part of the Eden walkway. In an effort to show you how much can be moved with hemp if you pull on the rope attached to him he will rock back and forth. On this particular day however the wind was up and not much force was needed to get him rocking around!
Ok, so this one I know! LAVENDER! It smelt amazing as it wafted through the air thanks to the ongoing breeze! The only issue that I have with Lavender is bee’s! Now I know that they are great for nature and all of that but me and the bees are not best buds.
Despite my fear – beautiful right!
This is the last picture for the walk way and I saved it until last as it is my personal favourite of all the flowers seen. Once again I don’t know its name but isn’t it just gorgeous – the colours are just so vibrant.
Despite the extortionate cost £26 for two people this was a tasty lunch.
Before you keel over at the price let me tell you what we got for our money!
For £26 at the Eden Project you can eat
1 piece of chicken/fish/veg option – each
As much salad as you can fit on your plate – each
1 piece of bread with butter – each
1 dessert – each
1 bottled drink
Now, maybe I am just cheap but that is not a lot of chow for my money. Considering the chicken was dry, the bread was hard and half of the salad was inedible we were left a little disgruntled and STILL hungry!
Despite the food being less than impressive the style of eatery was pretty cool. Inside you had what I can only describe as canteen style and outside you could sit under a canopy whilst looking at even more beautiful flowers and plants.
We rarely leave cake – there wasn’t that much of it in the before picture either!
We opted for a cup of coffee to gear us up for our impending walk around the Biomes duo before we headed home.
Before we packed up and left the lunch room this bad boy decided to make his presence known. At first neither of us knew what was happening as all we heard were some very loud screams. After following the sound we saw children running, mothers trying to catch them and a very large dinosaur! I couldn’t contain my laughter. Such a shame i wasn’t quicker with getting the camera out – my phone just had to do!
The Tropical Biome
The sheer size of this plant/tree gobsmacked me! The fact that I couldn’t even crop the picture length says it all! Isn’t it magnificent.
A slightly small picture – only slightly!
Not really sure what the name of this plant is and despite it having ants crawling all over it I think it really is something of beauty. The colour may be a little faint but the shape is awesome.
The fact that they have created an indoor waterfall is just amazing in itself. There is something calming about waterfalls – well for me anyway! I could stand by and listen to the water all day.
Unfortunately due to tree growth I was unable to get a full scale picture from top to bottom but hopefully you get the idea from this snap.
Whilst walking around in the man-made humidity I felt as if i was on a tropical island surrounded but all of this beautiful nature (once again man-made!). Looking up and out was just great as despite it being sunny outside it wasn’t very warm. I was quite happy in my not so little bubble!
The Mediterranean Biome
Thanks to my lovely mother I know the name of this beautiful plant. As we entered the Med Biome this is what greeted us as it was artfully draped across the archway. The colour stood out mostly because I love pink a little bit too much.
Apparently these are strawberries – now don’t get me wrong I wasn’t about to pluck them off the tree and chow down but really?!
I cannot for the life of me remember the name of this plant but for some reason I am loving any type of Cacti at the moment.
As far as I know this is a Gladioli plant – this was on the way out of the mediterranean biome and I couldn’t stop without getting a quick pic.
Once again looking from the inside out but from a Med perspective. It was much lighter on the air front in this Biome but that was expected.
Between the two I prefer the Tropical climate – but that is just me!