At work I currently have a visitor from Finland with me for a week 'shadowing' my bryophyte conservation activities. So a good excuse to go yesterday to the Natural History Museum and today to Wakehurst Place. It's ages since I've been there, the meadows just fantastic at the moment with hundreds of orchids in flower.
After some discussions with staff and a tour of the Millennium Seedbank, we had privileged entry into the Loder Valley Reserve, which has this amazing sculptural gate.
We spent some time looking the very special habitats for 'cryptogams' (just look at the diverse shades of green!) before heading off to the 'Tolkeinesque' Rock Walk.
These rocks and yews are huge, still as inspiring as when they formed the basis of a journal quilt in 2009.
Now I just need to remove the mud from my boots and trousers....