Summer 2006
Baby Boomers Rock On
Bar License
Bewl - Spring Bank Holiday
Dinghy Show
First Race of 2006 Season
First Working Party of 2006
Kew Bridge Steam Museum
Kew Gardens
Kew Motors V Gardens
Mid-Thames Trophy
News of Members
Open Weekend
Quiz Night
Regatta & BBQ
Regatta at Hampton
Sailing for the Blind Wine?
Significant Birthday
Social Calendar
Start of Season Party
Visit to Kew Gardens - Saturday, 8th April 2006
Anne Bond
    When agreeing to write about the Kew Gardens visit, our Hon. Publicity Officer quipped - I expect you'll start the article "We came, we saw, we Kew-ed". As it was so awful - I thought I really ought to share it with you all! Thanks Mike, what would we do without you! (Actually though we didn't have to queue at all, even though it was a perfect Spring day and there were hoards of people with the same idea as the AQSC contingent.)
    On the day, 13 of us met up for lunch at the Rose & Crown on Kew Green (which I can warmly recommend to anyone finding themselves in the vicinity thereof with a healthy appetite) and then decided whether their preference was for the gardens or the steam museum. The majority of us chose the gardens and had a terrific time (as I believe did the steam enthusiasts - about which Mike will regale you more fully).
    Since Leo and I hadn't visited Kew for over 25 years, we knew we were in for a real treat and we certainly weren't disappointed. We walked and walked (and talked and talked!) - and managed to fit in a good percentage of the available treats, whilst leaving many more for a time when our feet were less weary.
    We started off by meandering through the grounds in loose groups, taking in the beautiful displays of spring flowers, shrubs and trees en route to the new Davies Alpine House - as featured on Gardeners World.. This is a magnificent piece of engineering but as alpine plants don't excite us greatly, we didn't linger too long..
    Next on our list was the Princess of Wales Conservatory, where in addition to seeing some truly memorable plants, two of our number were fortunate enough to meet a rather handsome, large green water dragon in amongst the aquatic displays.
    Then, on to the Waterlily House (not a huge amount out at present unfortunately) and the Palm House (totally awe inspiring in both the scale and variety of plants and trees).
    An added bonus was the aquarium where fascinating fish abounded in glorious colours and made for some pretty pictures. We then walked to the Japanese Minka House (interesting - not a nail or screw used throughout its construction) and through the Rhododendron Dale (where some of us saw a golden pheasant plus a group of 9 Guineafowl).
    We ended up with a reviving drink (non-alcoholic!) at White Peaks before gathering the strength to totter off to the car park and thence home - tired but happy.
    PS: We would all like to thank Nigel and Anne for generously sharing their free day passes with us so that we were able to have a truly memorable day out for a mere £3.50 per head.