S: Artificially Natural

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C: Trip to Kew Gardens Greenhouses

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Now exams have finally finished, the first thing I did was head back to London and took a day out to go finally see Kew gardens. The Palm Greenhouse was amazing as were the other ones. I had a great time and would definitely go again. We were lucky as well because of the beautiful weather. More photos to come soon.IMG_0690IMG_0713

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Sightseeing on Campus

I live on a reasonably picturesque campus. The University of York is often famed for it’s hideous buildings such as the spaceship and the vast majority of Derwent College. Saying that all the new additions are very welcome. So much water can be found throughout campus in the lakes and ponds making some of the less attractive buildings much more tolerable. Most of the time it feels like you are walking through a park instead of a university.

It may seem like a stupid reason but the way the university felt and looked was important when I was deciding which one to attend and if to attend at all. I still think I was wise to consider this because imagine having a hard time with the workload and having to walk through concrete blocks to get to subjects on time. I know I couldn’t put up with that. Enjoy the shots ~
The Exhibition Centre A view of Goodricke collegeHeslington Hall from the Side, a magnificent old building.One of the newer looking structuresWentworth College

GARDEN: Progress

So the garden has developed a lot since the last posts, the passion fruit has completely dominated the fence. I planted a new palm tree which you can see above, it’s just a baby one. The grass has started to restrengthen a little, I planted 2 new samples of the flowering grass. The strongest transplant of those two which was doing really well just had to end up getting covered by digging cats. However it is still alive. In addition I planted a flower bed, one pomegranate tree and 3 small hedge like flowers, I can’t remember what they are called. There is a small fig tree growing also. 2 of the three old palms haven’t survived but the one that has is opening a new leaf. That’s all for now!

The High Life in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz early summer this year was stunning, at first glance the city seems much like the rest of Tenerife, confused and slightly out of place. Yet if you take some time out to just explore the microcapital by foot Santa Cruz’s exotic warmth manages to charm you like no place can. The Retro council flat style apartments aren’t an eyesore at all like back home, painted in bright colours with chunky designs. All of Santa Cruz feels like a movie set. You can go from central LA to Gotham to Rio, to London and back again in no time at all. Very surreal yet very exciting.

Once you start it’s difficult to stop, your curiosity takes hold of you and you want to take a peek at every street. We stumbled into three communal gardens shared by blocks of flats. Old women were sat outside knitting, children played by the doorsteps, the neighbours yelling greetings at each other. All this time surrounded in lush foreign flora and newly painted pavements. The layout of the living space was so open and social. Whilst pacing across you occasionally catch a glance of Tenerife’s red mountains peering over you.

Then there’s the landmark theatre which simply demands your attention. Inside it’s sleek modern, much like a spaceship. The plazas that surround it are filled with families resting and simply enjoying their day. The people seem calm yet fast paced. Almost relaxed but simply getting things done efficiently.

It amazed me how quickly my opinion changed as we pulled into the city where I was judgmental and dissaproving then four paces out of the bus I was immersed in the feel of the place. My advice, don’t go on a typical tenerife holiday sun, sand and the chlorine. Take a city break like no other and if you demand a beach head to Playa en Teresitas a huge man made beach coated in African sand and coconut palms. The whole city is a wrongly understated surprise.

Streets lined with both Canarian and foreign palm treesI’m still drunk (for the first time) in this picture, can you tell?Communal GardensAuditorio de Tenerife looks different from every angleThe typical red mountains of Tenerife in the backdrop,An Example of the Retro Architecture in Santa CruzYou can see the contrasting green housing block in the backgroundThe landmark is small, but seems large, and smallAll small gardens impressedThe Central Bus terminal felt more like an airport

Home Grown

Pomegranates and Passion Fruit, my two favourite things growing in my back garden. All Organic, I think anyway. Cactus flower is out only for a day before it wilts.

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