To cheer ourselves up, TallBrownFox and I made sure we did some fun things on our staycation and one of them was going the The Proms. The positives about a staycation are
there's no new language to grapple with and mispronouce.
you come back to a comfortable bed every night.
you get to visit places in your own back yard.
One place in my own back yard I've not visited for awhile is Kew Gardens, so off we duly trotted for the day. We're lucky in London that there are wide, open spaces to visit; 'green lungs' I call them. Every Summer, Kew has a theme and this year's is 'Spice of Life'. There are daily, free walking tours around the Gardens to learn about their collection of herbs and spices. Did you know that Mango produces a spice? Read on and you'll find out what it is....
The day we visited was warm rather than hot, ideal for wearing my floaty watercolour floral shirt. I'd bought this a couple of years ago on a trip to France. The soft tones of the pinks, purples, reds and turquoises remind me of a watercolour painting. Being short-armed, I have to turn the cuffs over but that's a minor detail. The print always makes me think of Summer. As the shirt is quite see-through I wore my teal cami underneath and also to highlight the turquoise in the print. The great thing about a pattern shirt like this is the different colour combinations you can do. The hot pink cami from my Hot Pink & White post would work equally well with the shirt.
My white jeans are rapidly becoming a summer wardrobe staple. I've only been blogging two months, yet this is the third post I've done wearing them. And so far, so still looking white!
Here I am inside the famous steamy Victorian Palm House. Steamy not because it's risque you understand (now, now, behave) but because of the temperature inside. The glasshouse contains exotic plants from the four corners of the globe, such as the towering palms growing behind me.
Yes, I braved the tiny spiral staircase and walkway that runs around the top half of the glasshouse just for you to get this shot! I'm not holding on for dear life, no, I'm perfectly happy, just take the picture please and quickly!
Clearly all this heat went to my head (and frizzed my hair, darn it) and made me think I was ready to conquer the even higher height of the TreeTop Walkway.
Don't look left.
Don't look right.
Just look straight ahead and you'll be fine!
Back down on terra firma, bottom safely seated on the steps to the entrance of the Mediterranean Garden. I'm feeling rather pleased with myself, considering me and heights aren't the best of friends.
Deep breaths and let's relax with some photos of my accessories. The gorgeous turquoise necklace is from... Gorgeous Statements! I have the same necklace in pink but I fancied wearing the turquoise one as it's a stronger contrast to the pinks in the shirt.
I'm carrying on the gallic theme of my shirt with my mock croc shoes. The slip ons were bought on our visit to family in France back in May. I'd tried similar slip ons from Kurt Geiger earlier in the Spring. Sadly it ended in tears, due to me possessing narrow feet. The slipping and slopping when trying to walk in them made me look as if I was a drunken sailor trying to iceskate.
Maybe French mademoiselles have narrower feet? Who knows? These English feet fit very happily inside them though.
And if you're wondering what spice comes from Mango, here's what it is! Amchoor. Did you know? I have to say I'd never heard of Amchoor before. A couple on our guided walk knew. They were of Indian heritage and said they used that spice all the time in cooking.
Have you like using exotic spices in cooking? What are your favourites?
Shirt & Mock Crocs Slip ons from France (old)
Monsoon Teal Cami Top (old)
Brooke Blue Necklace from Gorgeous Statements
Silver Bag thrifted for 99p!