Summer oddments

Here are a few odds and ends I meant to blog about through the summer but aren’t long enough on their own for a whole post.

We went to the Eden Project in Cornwall – this is the inside of one of the biomes.

biome of Eden Project

This is it on the outside:

biome with sunflowers

They are building a new railway station to try and tart up Newport for the Ryder Cup.  Apparently the roof bit is made of the same material as these biomes:

New railway station, Newport

Apologies for the poor photo – I took it with my mobile phone.


During the summer, my brother Martin, his wife Luisa and their 4 year old son Pablo came to visit us, and we went to a nearby playground (my teenage boys got on like a house on fire with their young cousin!).   In the park this web was wrapped around several of the trees.  

ermine moth caterpillar notice

caterpillar web

Some whole trees were covered with it!  Incredible…

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4 Responses to Summer oddments

  1. Brianna September 20, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Where is this super cool biodome?! I want to visit it… we have one near me in Montreal, and it’s the coolest thing! But I would love to see this!

    • Liz September 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

      Brianna, it’s in Cornwall – go to – just don’t go in August like we did or it is seething! I’d love to go back when it is quiet. They have one full of tropical plants and one with mediterranean ones.

  2. Patty Ashworth September 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    Are those catapillers killing the trees? The tent catapillers here end up killing the trees. It looks like something from a science fiction show.

    • Liz September 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

      No, apparently they aren’t doing them any harm, according to that notice on one of the trees….