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  • I visited the Eden Project today, took a coach with 20 or so other people. I haven't visited for about 10 years, it was only about a year old last time we went, of course it was still we then, me and him and our daughter. So the first change, me alone. The project itself has changed a lot, when we went before the biomes were lush and full of plants but the rest of the 'hole' was a bit sparse, there's a giant bee sculpture, which now hides among plants and hedges, I had to search it out, then it was visible from everywhere.
    A small and lovely change, which maybe not everyone would see, is that lichens and moss are colonising the place, a group of wooden picnic tables surrounding a huge 'junk' sculpture, has little lichens growing along the edges of the slats, beautiful. There's also a lovely hemp rope fence, which was also hard to hunt out this time, which has also been colonised, adds such a gorgeous extra dimension. Many other 'tourist attractions' would have scrubbed and 'cleaned' these great little plants away, I love lichen, the tiny stags antlers in dusty green and the the pale green fuzzy one like a miniature forest.
    Forgot my camera, so I had to make drawings of anything that caught my eye, lots of comments like, that's annoying I'd just take a photo, you really have to look at a flower if you're going to draw it, I probably got much more from doing that than just a quick click of the shutter and move on, frustrating as I couldn't make drawings of some of the stuff like waterfalls, not in the time, but good practise for my rusty drawing skills.
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