Friday, 13 March 2015

Driving to the Med











Hello lovely blog readers and fellow bloggers.    It's been busy here in the Chickpea household what with all the stair fixing and general running around like a headless chicken. (that's not a nice saying is it?)  Our camping in the lounge was an interesting experience.  The bearded one was on the sofa grumpy cat usually sleeps on, so she was prowling around all night.  Jumping on the sofa I was sleeping on and trying to push me off.  When this was unsuccessful she decided to cough up a fir ball very loudly at silly o'clock in the morning.  Having a strip wash in the very small sink in the downstairs cloakroom before work was not an experience I want to repeat too soon!  As for the stairs.....they are still creaking, which means we have to rip out the under stairs cupboard to get to them.  More upheaval, but at least we can use the stairs at the moment, and the smell of the glue is gradually clearing.   Our previous home was a very old miners cottage that needed a lot of work.  We moved to a new house as we were both working and didn't have the time for lots of D.I.Y.,  we seem to have spent a lot of time putting things right that were done shoddily by the builders.  I think we will be moving back to an old house again, at least we know what to expect.

I have been busy planting seeds, squashes, sweetcorn, cucumber and chillies indoors and kale outdoors, but looking at other blogs I seem to be way behind everyone else.  All but one of the tomato plants has germinated so I am please with my first attempt at growing them from seed, and the sweetcorn is already growing!  I'm not sure where I'm going to plant everything.

It was a cold and blustery day here today so I decided to head off to the Med for a bit of warmth, luckily it is only about 30 minutes drive.  It was wonderful to strip off our coats and hats and wander through the lush greenery of the Mediterranean Biome at the Eden Project.  Come along and have a look around with me, the colours are beautiful, especially the show-stopping tulips.











Some of the lucky birds who have found their way into the warmth of the biome



The storytellers wonderful coat made from ties



Citrus fruit growing in Cornwall in March!




Don't ask me what this is, but it was beautiful






Weird and wonderful statues







There were even pigs snuffling around the undergrowth



















Hey parsnip, these reminded me of the square dogs!



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Chickpea xx




33 comments:

  1. Camping in the living room a little adventure you will both ave fond memories of, my husband would have been telling me its character building :-)

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    1. Fond memories in about another 20 years :)

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  2. I have been there many times turning a wreck into a home., and always say never again.... Love The Eden Project, have been many times and it is always changing.
    Rosezeeta.

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    1. I spot something new each time I go, wonderful place. If I lived closer I would be there every week

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  3. Great photos, love the driftwood statues, we never seem to find any driftwood when we get down to the coast.

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    1. Beautiful aren't they, the driftwood horses on a previous post were done by the same artist

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  4. The plant pic you don't know looks like a protea - from South Africa :)

    I'd love to visit the Eden Poject.

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    1. Thank you Dani, I should make a note of the things I see!

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  5. Its many years since I went there , lovely to see your photos x

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  6. I'm quite envious you live so close to the Eden Project. Have a great weekend. :)

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  7. I am so envious you live so close to the Eden Project, your photos are wonderful especially the driftwood pigs.

    Oh how lovely to visit as and when you wish.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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    1. Thank you Irene, the pigs are pretty cute :)

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  8. Stunning photos again, Chickpea. I adore the Eden Project and we intend to visit again in the Summer. The last time we went it was February and there was still lots to see.

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    1. Thank you, enjoy your visit in the summer :)

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  9. Thank you for your post so full of colour, we must go again.

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    1. It was lovely to see so much colour, felt like summer :)

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  10. Love the Eden Project ! Those exhaust pipes are a great idea.
    Gill

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    1. The display was in the California area of the biome and were referencing catalytic converters that were invented there. (I think) :)

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  11. This was my kind of post, so interesting. I love the coat made of ties, even if I myself wouldn't wear it.
    You're so lucky having this place so close.
    Briony
    x

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    1. Thank you. The coat was beautiful, so much work gone into it.

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  12. How amazing that you can just pop down the road to warmer climes! The warm colours are very welcome. I smiled when you said about the next time you will get an older property again. This is exactly what we will do. We spent seven years doing up a 16th century thatched cottage and then decided to have a break while the kids grew up and bought a new build. NEVER again! Give me quirky any time along with the survival of many years. I wonder how long these modern houses will truly stand. Good luck with the stairs and let's hope the fur balls have stopped :-)

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    1. I love old properties, so much character! Our old cottage even had a coffin hatch and the walls were 3 feet thick :)

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  13. Nice to have a refuge like that so close to home!

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  14. Ooooh groan,Our stairs are creaking floor boards are worse than ever lol.WOW,those pics are a sight for sore eyes,just wonderful,thanks for sharing.Love that coat of ties,could you make a quilt from ties do you think,it's given me an idea.Happy Week.xx ps Hope grumpy cat is happy now x

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    1. I have seen quilts made of ties Lee. We are not a tie wearing type of family so wouldn't have enough for a quilt :)

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  15. Oh gawd,I must go to spec savers LOL.I mean't to say OUR floor boards sorry.

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  16. Great pictures, we must go back there it was only just opened the first time we went and it would be good to see it now it is fully established. Love the different zones.

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    1. You will find it has changed a lot :)

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  17. Hey Chickpea,
    I remember camping in the living room for three months when we had the extention done to house. Oh the stress of being up, washed and dressed before the builders arrived. I hated every minute of it! Eden looks glorious.
    Leanne xx

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    1. Oh crikey, that must have been a nightmare!

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