From the end of November to 4th January an ice rink is set up in front of the Temperate House. It was too cold for skating for me though! Fingers numb from the cold we sought solace inside the Temperate House and took in the warmth and greenery surrounding us. It was a welcome sight after the bleak grey sky that hung over us outside.
This little Robin came to greet us. He was the most rotund Robin I have ever seen! You just can't tell how plump he really was from this photograph!
I didn't get to see the front of this statue but it has a great behind!
Lovely bright green ferns.
A winding staircase.
A view from the balcony after climbing up the winding staircase.
As we followed the crowds along the walkway I was shocked at how much the structure wobbled and felt like I was bobbing up and down in a boat!
This view is of a museum across the Palm House Pond. The pond had frozen over apart from the area surrounding the fountain.
The picture above is of the Palm House. Inside is a tropical environment - hot and humid. Such a contrast to the weather outside.
This is the Princess of Wales Conservatory.
Inside there are many types of cactus plants.
Yet more cactus plants........
Away from the Princess of Wales Conservatory we made our way to the 'Badgers Sett'. Outside was this huge wooden carving of a badger.