Whilst in Stratford-Upon-Avon we decided to escape the heat and checkout this humidified greenhouse full of insects. The UK’s largest butterfly farm, or tropical butterfly paradise according to the website. Entry was £5.75 for students, even though Kris and I aren’t UK students anymore we keep whipping out our Belgian student cards, confusing people with our unheard of university and then we get the student pricing. If, unfortunately, you are an adult, it’s £6.25 which I don’t think is that bad. I have no objection to paying an entry fee that goes towards the maintenance and upkeep of the place I want to enjoy.
We spent just over an hour in there, just milling around and watching the butterflies. For most of the time we were the only people in there, which is always nice.
They had another room just for the caterpillars, but we could only find this little fella. Maybe it wasn’t the season, not that I know when butterfly baby season is. After this room you continue through the butterfly house and then you can check out their reptile house too.
It’s pretty interesting if you’re interested in your butterflies, if not, probably not interesting at all. But you never know, you might be swayed as you relax by the pond and watch them fly around you.
They’re cute, no?
So, the holiday posts begin!
We arrived late on Tuesday night in the UK and due to awkward rescheduling, well, people changing their minds for no reason and then denying they did so, we had to cancel all our plans to go on a 10 day road trip and come up with new holiday plans.
After spending the Wednesday sleeping in and failing to get the few bits done that we always do when we go home, like go to the supermarket for English goods, we decided to go somewhere on the Thursday.
We didn’t want to drive too far and Stratford-Upon-Avon was about an hour and a half away so it sounded like a good choice. The weather was good, it was just the two if us going and it was somewhere new, sounded good to us.
We only made the decision to go the night before so we didn’t make any plans to visit any thing in particular. I think I prefer that way of travel though, I like having an idea of what’s around the area that I find interesting, but generic touristy, interesting to all ideas aren’t really my thing. Doesn’t stop me checking them out though!
Stratford-Upon-Avon is famous for being Shakespeare’s birthplace, so it’s a bit of a tourist destination. Luckily we’d gone midweek and as June isn’t really the official summer holidays, it was quite quiet on the tourist front.
We spent the afternoon wandering around, mainly down by the River Avon and enjoying the sunshine. No map in hand, we walked in a few circles, bought some ice cream milkshakes and just relaxed by the water. Then a swan came along and frightened us away. We managed to find the butterfly farm we’d seen online and spent the last part of the afternoon in there. We left early, around 5pm, which got us caught it terrible traffic which meant we were late getting home, late going to the supermarket, late to make dinner for my family and well, people complain about lateness in my house. Le sigh.
Have you been to Stratford-Upon-Avon before? What’s your favourite one hour drive away day trip?
Another non-holiday post, but don’t worry they’re on their way. I just a bit more time.
To accompany yesterday’s post, here’s what I wore to Retrorama. Considering I don’t own any vintage clothing and I’m not really clued up on vintage styles and such, I think my half-hearted attempt to dress the part wasn’t too bad.
I’ve been looking at other bloggers in midi skirts for a while and I finally bought my own, just to try it out. I got this simple black one from H&M, it wasn’t expensive so it wouldn’t be a complete loss if I didn’t like it. Plus I could always shorten it into a mini skirt instead. I was surprised, I actually felt really comfortable and quite ladylike in it, so much so that I bought a second one at Retrorama and I have another skirt to refashion that I will convert into a midi skirt.
I do think, as I’m a little short at 5′ 2”, that if the skirt was any longer, it’d look kind of stupid but since it sits just at the knee line, it’s OK.
And that is how you write seven lines about one midi skirt.
On another note, I don’t wear this top as much as I should. I really like it but for some reason I only remember that when I put it on. I like the dot detailing on it and the ruffly front, not bad for some £3 Primark piece.
I still managed to sneak something animal printed into the outfit too! I’d say, I’ll try harder with my retro, vintage looks, but I probably won’t.