autumnal travellin’

A month ago today, I left on a trip.

I boarded an optimistically-named Dreamliner and spent 11 hours soaring over the Great Lakes and the glaciers of Greenland, watching the kind of on-demand movies that can at best be termed ‘guilty pleasures’, and finally landing in Gatwick airport. Just outside London, it feels somewhat like the younger sibling of shinier, flashier Heathrow, asking politely, if it pleases you, for attention and recognition. Growing up in the LA area, flights leaving from LAX always guaranteed more than their fair share of frustrations – from inexplicable traffic jams on the freeway to a scarcity of parking spots in the garages, leading to never-ending loops around the terminals like poor Charlie on the MTA. Because of this reality, taken for granted by most inhabitants of Southern California, any airport that is easily connected to public transportation earns an A+ in my book! So I say Well Done, Gatwick! You not only have regular trains which shuttle passengers into London in a mere 30 minutes, you also have fancypants Express trains which do the same thing for 3 times as much, in the same amount of time! Very impressive system you’ve put in place there. (Seriously – from me to you, don’t take the Gatwick Express. Buy a Southern Railway ticket instead. You can buy me a present with the £20 you just saved)

When I travel, I take photos constantly. This particular trip, lasting a little over 2 weeks, resulted in about 1000 pictures (which is actually quite conservative for me). I’m not going to post 1000 pictures on here. That would be ludicrous! It would also infringe on the scope of my weekly slideshow lectures. Just kidding — I don’t host weekly slideshows…

Monthly, at the most!

So I selected some photos to share that all have something to do with plants/flowers/trees, in keeping with the overall theme of this site. Included are shots taken all over London, Oxford, Edinburgh, and South Wales

Pansies for breakfast

Pansies for breakfast

at Hampton Court train station

at Hampton Court train station

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

a tangle of Dahlias

a tangle of Dahlias

Formal gardens at Hampton Court

Formal gardens at Hampton Court

lil' miss sassypants

lil’ miss sassypants

a secret garden

a secret garden

So many Dahlias! Be still, my heart!

So many Dahlias! Be still, my heart!

The poppies at Tower of London

The poppies at Tower of London

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good coffee, good reads, good flowers @ Brown's of Brockley (if you go, say hi to Jeff and tell him his big sister sent you)

good coffee, good reads, good flowers @ Brown’s of Brockley (if you go, say hi to Jeff and tell him his big sister sent you)

blue skies in Edinburgh

blue skies in Edinburgh

Edinburgh castle drainpipe, complete with gilded thistle, roses, and fleur-de-lys

Edinburgh castle drainpipe, complete with gilded thistle, roses, and fleur-de-lys

window boxes in Edinburgh

window boxes in Edinburgh

protection against witches and evil spirits in Wales

protection against witches and evil spirits in Wales

a Welsh hedgerow

a Welsh hedgerow

Autumn light through the leaves at Kew gardens

Autumn light through the leaves at Kew gardens

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