September 7, 2009
Sooo, it has been a while since my last post. Last Monday, August 31, the hubby turned the big 3 0 and decided to take the whole week off to celebrate. He’s been home for 9 days and we were in and out of the house the whole time. Only yesterday did we really have absolutely nothing to do, but the whole week was great!
One of the nicest things we enjoyed this week was the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. There is so much to see here I don’t even know where to start.
The place is massive and we spent a good 4 hours walking around trying to see everything on offer. There’s a Sensory Garden, Fern House, Waterlily House, Cactus and Succulent House (one of my favs), Rose Garden, Woodland Garden, Orchid House, Great Palm House (my absolute fav! it was like a rainforest in there – hot, wet, sticky and gorgeous), a Rockery, Grass Garden, Herb Garden, Organic Fruit and Vegetable Garden, Chinese Plants, Native Plants and every type of tree you can think of. Plus SO much more! They also have many art installations scattered around which were all very interesting. AND to top it all off a building devoted to the great Charles Darwin – how cool is that?!
One of my favourites, though I think it is intended for children, was the great Sunflower Maze.
Hubby got this great panorama of it, but you really should see it for yourself if you can.
He also made one of the beautiful Rose Garden.
After walking around for a very long time we were knackered and luckily they also have a very nice cafe on site. They even had some lovely vegetarian options, I got the vegetarian quiche and fresh salad and it was soooooooo good! I’m pretty sure they use all their own organic veggies in their cafe which just makes it that more special.
It is entirely free to go so if you ever get a chance to visit I highly, highly recommend it.
You can see a few more pics of our trip here.