Day 2 of the holidays (yesterday was haircut day, Boy Lacer “I don’t need haircut, mummy need haircut”), today we went to Kew Gardens, even though it was a bit grey, there’s always the hot houses.
We went to Kew as usual by bus, now until fairly recently Boy Lacer had quite an intense dislike of buses and intense dislike of anything with Boy Lacer = screaming (you should have seen him in the hairdresser yesterday). He thought that the bus was too ‘wobbly’ and although he still won’t get on a bus unless he’s physically sitting in his pushchair, he now though thinks the wobbliness of the bus is funny (thanks to Girl Lacer who originally made a game out of the wobbliness of buses with him one bus trip when he was hysterical). So Girl Lacer and Boy Lacer were playing the wobbly game and yes screeching a bit, which drew at least one “ssh” from one of the old biddies on the bus and although I did try and tone them down a bit, honestly, what’s better a happy noisy child on a bus or a screaming hysterical one? I know which one I’d go for.
Anyway we made it to Kew, had lunch, the kids have recently discovered Frazzles (the crisps) and me and Mr. Lacer are reliving our youth by eating as many packets as we can to. So Frazzles accompanied our lunch, Boy Lacer of course ate his Frazzles first and then proceeded to stare hungrily at Girl Lacer as she ate hers and of course Girl Lacer was eating hers last anyway, much as I am loving having her home at the moment, that girl eats lunch s l o w l y.
After lunch we went straight to the hot house (Girl Lacer’s favourite), onto the Waterlily House (my favourite, although there’s no water lilies in there at the moment, cue sulk), then onto the tree top walkway where the lift up is finally working and oh my goodness the lift is scarier than the walkway itself, with the walkway you have the reassuring solidness of the metal railings, the lift is glass, so it feels much more open. With no leaves on the trees surrounding the walkway, that itself also feels a lot more open and you can appreciate the structure of the walkway more, although that does make you feel even more high up.
After the treetop walkway, we went to the Temperature House (another favourite of mine) and then went to try and find the badger set but walked in completely the wrong direction. We then (in an attempt to find one last thing to do before going home) went to the Prince of Wales Conservatory, which despite going to Kew regularly I haven’t been to for years and Girl Lacer certainly didn’t remember it. It certainly isn’t the most push chair friendly of glass houses to visit as it’s on multiple levels although at least some of the steps up and down were low staggered ones, would be difficult for a wheelchair user though. But it was very pretty, with the most flowers we’d seen today.
Although we did see some flowers start to bloom outside.
For one more photo from today, check out my photoblog here.
Whilst me and the kids have been gallivanting around in Kew today, Mr. Lacer has obviously been a bit bored at work. He sent me two interesting links that I thought I’d share.
David Tennant talking on the set of the latest Doctor Who.
The imdb page for an interesting looking movie called The Black Balloon which was released on DVD earlier this month. An Australian movie, it tells the story of a boy growing up with an autistic brother. The trailer looks quite good. One for the DVD rental list I think.