The wonderful Marina visited from the land of Maple syrup. She was visiting Brighton. I'm in Leicester. London seemed a good halfway point.
Met up at the station, and did essential tourist selfies at Buckingham palace. Then we had two-for-one vouchers, so went to Kew. Never been there before.
Before that though, we had to go to the nearby tea-shop and have cream tea! It was partly a re-enactment when we first met, at the Mock Turtle. Scones and clotted cream! And also a strawberry tart. So many tarts to choose from!
Tea dutifully consumed, we went into Kew Gardens. There's a nice treetop walk. Marina braved this with only minimal needling, which meant I didn't get to mock her but we did get a nice troll around the treetops. Sadly one of the big greenhouses was closed, as was the pagoda. Plenty of nice trees and things though, and the various buildings. And the lake. We saw lots of Canada Geese. Marina said hi to her countryfolk. I met a squirrel who was nice enuough to pose for a photo.
Further along was the Palm house. Which had a sign on the door saying "Closes at 5:30pm". It was 5:44. Was disappointed, but ever rebellious, I tried the door anyway. It opened! Yay! And damn is it hot in there! And damp. Adn a magnificent piece of Victorian engineering.
We finished off heading to meet some friends of Marina's for a birthday party. Beer and tasty noms were had and people socialised with. I taught Marina the basics of Cryptic crosswords on the way.
It was a fun day. Will really have to visit Canada some time.