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Back to the Butterflies

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Last week, we ended up heading over to RHS Wisley to see the Butterflies in the Glasshouse, an event which happens every February.

Last year was our first time going, which I wrote about here.

This time, not much was different, though as it had only recently opened, it wasn’t crowded at all. Which was nice.

We were able to see some butterflies.

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We saw some beautiful flowers.

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And all from inside a beautiful building which, as other people began to wilt from the heat, was just the right temperature for me.

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Josh seemed to enjoy himself too.

And despite his running off to chase after the butterflies, I think I managed to get a few cute photos of him.

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Though I’m especially pleased with this one.

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Mainly because I have a very similar photo taken of him last year while visiting the butterflies.

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My baby is growing up.

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Landscapes and Service Stations

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This weekend, despite the rainy weather, we decided to get out and explore a bit more.

England is full of these gardens/parks/etc. where people pay money to go in and walk around enjoying nature for a few hours.

Usually in the rain.

You can see then, how as a Californian, it took a while for me to get used to this idea of paying money to go walk around in a forest, cold, wet and miserable.

But Josh seems to enjoy it and it gives me a chance to play around with my camera, so there you have it.

On Saturday, we went to Painshill Park, an 18th century English landscape park.

There were lots of beautiful landscapes.

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And, unfortunately, lots of rain.

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I might have been disappointed if that had been the main reason we had gone.

But it wasn’t.

We had heard that there was a Mexican place to eat at in a motorway service station on the way to Painshill Park.

For all of you back in America who don’t know what a motorway service station is, think of those truck stops we have along the freeway, out in the middle of nowhere, where people stop to use the restroom.

That’s it.

That’s where we ate for lunch.

But what a lunch it was!

There is little to no Mexican food in England, and here, at this motorway service station, was something straight out of Chipotle.

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They even had churros!

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It’s not weird to eat at a service station several times a week, right?

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Best of British Garden Party

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The boys were hard at work today removing another chimney, this time from Josh’s room, in yet another installment of the great closet problem.

It was my job to keep Josh out of their way, so I decided to go to RHS Wisley and check out their Best of British Garden Party happening this weekend.

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Thankfully, we managed to get some nice weather today.

The weather here lately has been awful. Even the newspaper had this as a headline on Friday.

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You’ve got to love that British sense of humour.

But today the sun was shining and the garden party at Wisley was really lovely.

All the gardens looked so beautiful.

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And there were so many things to keep the children occupied.

There were model ships sailing on the Greenhouse lake.

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I thought it was cute when Josh went up on his toes to try and see them.

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There were Punch and Judy shows.

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To be honest, I have no clue what a Punch and Judy show is. We didn’t stop to watch any while we were there, but I’m assuming it’s just a puppet show, albeit a very violent sounding one.

Punch? Is that really a character’s name?

And while I’m on the subject of British things I don’t really understand…

They also had food.

Well, one food option.

Bangers.

First off, if you were at an event in America, there would be probably 20 different choices of all sorts of greasy, delicious food to choose from.

In England, it’s bangers or, well, bangers.

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I still have no clue what bangers are exactly, but as my mom said “if you’re hungry, you’ll eat it.”

And as it was about 3pm, I was hungry.

So I ate it.

Is it just a hot dog?

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Probably Josh’s favourite thing was, of course, the vintage tractor display.

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There may not have been many food options, but boy were there a lot of tractors.

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Josh enjoyed the tractors so much, he had that whole glazed eye stare going.

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When I managed to pull him away from the tractors, we went to my favourite thing, the music.

I know I’m a sucker, but the sun was shining, there was nice green grass to sit on and a brass band to listen too.

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Josh seemed to enjoy himself too.

He would sit still listening to the song, clapping along with everyone else when it was over. He even shouted “more, more” when the band stopped to take a break at one point.

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That made me pretty happy.

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Enjoying the Spring Sunshine

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The last I had heard was that it might snow this week.

So Tim and I took advantage of the sun today, and went for a quick trip this morning to RHS Wisley.

The weather has been so nice here in England recently. The last time Josh and I went to RHS Wisley was about a month ago, back when it was rainy and cold, so it was really amazing to see the transformations happening in the garden this spring.

All the flowers were blooming.

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We had a quick lunch then played out on the grass.

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I think the highlight of the day for Josh was finding a big stick.

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He enjoyed running around everywhere with his stick. That seems to be all he needs to be happy. Well, sticks and dirt; then he’s all set!

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We even managed to find the children’s playground this time, called Wild at Wisley.

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There were several different sections, one of which was a place for the kids to build teepees or “hiding huts” out of long reeds and sticks.

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All in all it was a nice little outing, and it was great to enjoy the sunshine while it’s still there!

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Boys Love Dirt

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The weather this weekend in England was beautiful.

It almost felt like summer.

Well, as close as England gets to summer.

I’ve been feeling guilty lately that I have this nice, expensive camera that I never use anymore since I got an iPhone. My iPhone is just always so convenient.

So, when I saw Josh “helping” Tim in the garden, I decided I should go get my nice camera and take some pictures.

I think they turned out pretty good, though I don’t think I fully captured just how muddy he got! We spend all this money on toys, when all he really needs is some dirt and water…

And a good hose down after of course!

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Butterflies at RHS Wisley

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Tim had heard through some other parents that we should make a visit to the Royal Horticulture Society at Wisley, and soon, as they currently are having a butterfly exhibit which only lasts a few more days.

RHS Wisley is basically a massive garden with large lawns and beautifully landscaped areas. It also has a library, garden shop, glasshouse and most importantly 3 cafes, one which even has a soft play area for small children! Perfect for Josh.

It’s only about a ten minutes drive from us so we decided to visit yesterday before the butterfly exhibit closed.

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The exhibit was located in the glasshouse, a really beautiful building, and more importantly, warm!

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We had to wait in line for about 20 minutes to get in to see the butterflies and it was very busy; I suppose a combination of it being half term and the exhibit coming to a close.

But we did eventually make it inside and were able to see lots of beautiful butterflies. Josh was very good and really enjoyed pointing the butterflies out and watching them float over and around our heads.

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