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Re: Five go to RHS Wisley

Postby Moonraker » 11 Aug 2017, 18:19

Oh that we had met up, Francis! As I said, I should have got Francis's mobile number. :|

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Re: What Are You Doing Now?

Postby Francis » 11 Aug 2017, 18:26

I looked out for Nigel but couldn't find him so I had to eat everything and drink all the ginger beer myself! Izzy and I enjoyed a lovely sunny afternoon walking round the Famous Five mystery route. It was spread out over the large Wisley gardens and woods so we returned home exhausted. Luckily we rescued Uncle Quentin - but I do believe he has been kidnapped yet again. The man is totally helpless and I sympathise with George and Aunt Fanny. The grass sculptures of the Famous Five were excellent and I enjoyed sitting on the Wishing Chair so much that Izzy had a go. In the shop at the entrance the Famous Five books were selling well and I persuaded a lady with her young daughter to buy some of the Famous Five audio productions. She said her daughter had about six of the books which she had been reading herself and had thoroughly enjoyed them (to her surprise). She picked out those books with the original illustrations as she didn't like those on the recent editions.
We finally left happy and tired at four o'clock and the blue skies disappeared under cloud.
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Re: What Are You Doing Now?

Postby Francis » 11 Aug 2017, 18:31

Moonraker wrote:
Francis wrote:
Moonraker wrote:Holidaying/Cat sitting in Surrey at the moment. Might pay a visit to RHS Wisley on Enid's birthday, Friday, providing it's not pouring down.


The weather should be dry - hopefully! I will probably go as well - there's supposed to be a picnic!


We did go. I should have got a mobile number so that we could have met up, Francis. There was a story-telling 'tent', face-painting and a couple of adventure trails, but that was about it. Successful children were given a book at the end, Five on a Garden Adventure. I should have taken one when the attendant wasn't looking.

I will write a summary and put some pictures when I get home...


Sorry I missed you Nigel - it would have been great to see you again. I was tempted to claim one of the books for my granddaughter but didn't have the face to do it. I wonder if you managed to rescue Uncle Quentin as well? I had a good chat about with people about the Famous Five books. The best place to do this was at the grass sculptures which were very popular.
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Re: Five go to RHS Wisley

Postby Rob Houghton » 11 Aug 2017, 18:51

It sounds like a great day out, Francis - and a perfect way to celebrate Enid's 120th birthday! :D I would have loved to sit in the Wishing Chair too. Hope you visited the Land of Goodness Knows Where? I don't think Peter and Mollie ever did go there! ;-)
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Re: Five go to RHS Wisley

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 11 Aug 2017, 18:56

Thanks, Nigel and Francis. I like the sound of the adventure trails and the grass sculptures.
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Re: Five go to RHS Wisley

Postby Francis » 11 Aug 2017, 18:58

Rob Houghton wrote:It sounds like a great day out, Francis - and a perfect way to celebrate Enid's 120th birthday! :D I would have loved to sit in the Wishing Chair too. Hope you visited the Land of Goodness Knows Where? I don't think Peter and Mollie ever did go there! ;-)


I must admit after walking for what seemed hours we didn't know where we were so it might as well have been the 'Land of Goodness Knows Where'.
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Re: Five go to RHS Wisley

Postby pete9012S » 27 Nov 2017, 13:14

Enid Blyton's Famous Five hedge sculptures at RHS Wisley Gardens:


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Re: Five go to RHS Wisley

Postby Moonraker » 27 Nov 2017, 16:17

I had completely forgotten to share some photos I took, as promised. Here are a few.

https://www.flickr.com/gp/nigelsgallery/5f2iAK
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Re: Five go to RHS Wisley

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 27 Nov 2017, 18:04

Good photos, Nigel. :D I bet the Famous Five trail was fun.
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Re: Five go to RHS Wisley

Postby Eddie Muir » 27 Nov 2017, 18:07

Great photos, Nigel. :D
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Re: Five go to RHS Wisley

Postby Daisy » 27 Nov 2017, 18:17

I bet you had some fun there Nigel! Lovely pictures.
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Re: Five go to RHS Wisley

Postby Moonraker » 27 Nov 2017, 19:08

Thank you. It was a pity that we didn't link up with Francis and Izzy - can't believe we didn't bump into them.
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Re: Five go to RHS Wisley

Postby Julie2owlsdene » 27 Nov 2017, 19:18

Nice photos, and I don't think I've seen as many Blyton books in one place.

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Re: Five go to RHS Wisley

Postby pete9012S » 27 Nov 2017, 21:23

Moonraker wrote:I had completely forgotten to share some photos I took, as promised. Here are a few.

https://www.flickr.com/gp/nigelsgallery/5f2iAK



Lovely pics.Thank you.
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Re: Five go to RHS Wisley

Postby Courtenay » 27 Nov 2017, 21:55

Well done, Nigel — thanks for sharing those. I like how they came up with the idea that Uncle Quentin's current scientific project is to save the bees! :D
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