After the design fair I took a much needed few days off and my friend Jemma came to stay. She was only down for a couple of days but we managed to cram in some jewelery making and a couple of excursions.
The first was to a tiny secret beach that only locals know about, I have never been to it though which is really disgraceful seeing as it is just around the corner from where we live but my brother came with us and showed us how to get there. To get to it you have to turn off the cliff path through a tiny and very spiky gap in the brambles, where a narrow and bumpy path winds down the cliff side through lots of blackberry bushes (lots of scratches and nettle stings were acquired and you can't even see the path from the beach!) to a small but gorgeous beach in a little bay all of it's own. The path was so steep and slippery in places some kind soul had put some ropes down it to aid the inching down! It was so pretty down there, and the sun even managed to come out and make the sea look blue and warm us up a little bit...
Then we went to Eden!! I love it there so much and knew Jemma would too. I manage to go about twice a year and it's so interesting seeing the different plants in bloom. If you ever go though make sure you head to the Mediterranean biome first. It is interesting with lots of fragrant oil plants, fruit trees and really beautiful flowers, but it isn't quite as impressive as the absolutely massive Rainforest biome, with it's enormous palms and unusual plants. My favorite is a little shrub that closes all of it's leaves when you touch them...!
I was suprised how much Eden itself has grown since I went last December. It's a proper full day out now with not just the biomes but loads of fun stuff for kids (den building this time around...) and has the newer 'Core' building with interactive educational machines, films and animations as well as art exhibitions with pieces that explore the environment...really good stuff!!