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St Austell's Largest Biomes

It's probably been a year since we were last at Eden...
So it was interesting to see the changes they've made over the last 12 months.

And nice to see some of our old favourites are still there!

It was only open for a short while, but we did everything we wanted to & more!

The walkway to the roof of the Rainforest Biome is new.
And we were all feeling brave today!

This biome is very much like a rainforest.

There are several rock wall paintings, which are fading & becoming overgrown now.

The entrance to the Rainforest Lookout...

9 flights of stairs & 165 ft high, we had to fill in medical forms beforehand!

On the way to the lookout, there's also a hot air balloon.
One lucky person each day - gets to ride in it!

On our way up...

And the view from the top!

Fam 4 at the top.
Although is was chilly outside - it was over 80 degrees up at the top!
Apparently, the humidity was 85% (whatever that means)!

The platform & steps are suspended by cables from the roof.
So it sways as you walk...

It was a fairly gentle walk to the top as the steps were not too steep.

But the swaying & the gaps took some getting used to!

Directly underneath the lookout.

This colourful truck has being here for some years now.

And the forest continues to grow.
It really is a fantastic place! 

They even grow bananas in there!

We love this bamboo building...

There's space inside to sit, picnic & play board games.

So many unusual & beautiful flowers in bloom at the moment!

This one almost seemed fake.

These guys have lived in the Mediterranean Biome for many years!

Some of them are a bit disturbing...

Eden's pretty good for veggie food.
This Gumbo was rather pleasant!

There's also an ice rink from October to February...

Which we leave the kids to enjoy!

Closing time, so we caught the last land train...

And then the long walk back to the car park...

But another good day for The Smiths!

Kay & Sime xx

Comments

Karin said…
Great photos. We visited it a few years ago and enjoyed most of it, but I found the tropical bit too hot - I don't do heat and wasn't feeling too great that day anyway.
Anonymous said…
Fabulous pictures. It looks like you had a great time.
just Gai said…
We've visited the Eden Project twice but the walkway sounds like a good reason to go again.
Oh Wow!!! I've never been to the Eden project but your photos have confirmed my desire to visit!
We really like Eden & they always have new ideas & exciting events on. It's probably one of the UK's greenest attractions too!

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Nettles

Our garden yesterday.
Tall Nettles TALL nettles cover up, as they have done These many springs, the rusty harrow, the plough Long worn out, and the roller made of stone: Only the elm butt tops the nettles now.
This corner of the farmyard I like most: As well as any bloom upon a flower I like the dust on the nettles, never lost Except to prove the sweetness of a shower.
~ Edward Thomas ~
Every time we venture out to pick nettles, Sime always goes on about this poem!

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