Have you ever been to Eden? Adam and Eve of course think of it differently but Ms Tagalong and Mr Ideasman thought of it as a haven for all things botanical but still thought it wise on a visit not to bite into any proffered fruit.
This morning, snow fell, so to keep warm Ms Tagalong recalled the heat in the Eden Project and smiled.
Tim Smit's dream to convert an eyesore of a clay pit into the eighth wonder of the world ten years ago came to fruition and Ms Tagalong's remembrance of the plastic flowers (recycled drink cups and washing machine hose, of course) were no longer in sight.
The gardens have grown since her last visit beyond all measure and the towering palms threaten to pierce the plastic pillows hexagonally placed to make the impressive domes.
Mr Ideasman hotfooted it to the rainforest biome, the world's largest rainforest in captivity with steamy jungles and waterfalls says the website. Mr Ideasman was at this time feeling the need for some Australian heat and stickiness as Cornwall had not been providing this for him up to now.
He sweated and stripped as he looked at all the familiar plants in the Australasian section. How exciting to see a Wollombi pine! How disappointing not to be able to ascend the lookout as the possibility of fainting right away had closed it for the day!
Big Brunch here has become the Big Lunch. Feeling sad about missing the Big Brunch this year Ms Tagalong and Mr Ideasman realised that they had also missed the Big Lunch. Heigh, ho. There will be another year.
Instruction boards remind all of the educational purpose of the project. The workshops available; the instructional messages on the production of tea, cocoa and coffee; environmental and ethical purchases in the shop; all add up to the Eden experience.
Ms Ideasman is still enjoying his wonderful Guatamalan coffee and hoping to go back for some more humidity as it gets colder and colder...
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