My blog lurches along, in fits and starts. Many things have been bubbling away, they seems to consume vast swaths of time, but if I were to list them all here, the majority would seem very mundane. But I’ll kick start a few posts by telling you about a special event.
We had a family gathering at Kew Gardens in London, to inter my father in laws ashes, long time readers might remember that he died in 2013, his wish was that his body be donated for medical science and we held a memorial service soon after his death.
After a period of time (12 months in my father in laws case) the body is returned to the family and they can make their own arrangements, if that is what the donor requested , or the anatomy society arranges for a cremation and the scattering of the ashes at the crematorium.
Mr Uphilldowndale’s father visited Kew often, it was a favourite place. One of the reasons for his interest was that a family ancestor, was a keen amateur botanist and a number of plants were named after him by his friend botanist Joseph Hooker, who was a director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. So you can see what a fitting place it seemed to be for the interment. The staff at Kew looked after us beautifully, and extended their hospitality by inviting us to stay on to enjoy the preview night of their Christmas lights, this seemed a perfect way to round off the day, it was quite magical.
So some photos of Kew by night
The palm house, the lights and flames all timed to music, pure theatre
Meandering through the glass houses
Surreal candelabra suspended from trees
The cacti house seemed other worldly.
The Palm House,