Saturday, 5 September 2009

Wilder side


After visiting the Wildside garden the Socks indulged their own wild side by going on Britain's longest fastest Zip wire at the well named Adrenalin Quarry! The Sock had always regretted not going on the one that zips over the Eden Project when we visited some years ago. The photo is not of the Socks as obviously it was impossible to take a picture of ourselves going down it. The most scary bit was when we got jelly legs just prior to 'take off' (or possibly when we had to be weighed before they harnessed us up for the ride).

A final walk on the wildside took us around a Nature Reserve where we watched a distant osprey for a while and then got rather muddy having lost the path. We did see these rather lovely orchid like flowers growing wild - anyone know what they are?

14 comments:

Ryan said...

Impressed with zip-line!! Never had you down as an adrenaline junky for some reason?

Looks to me like Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) quite invasive, although quite pretty.

More info here: http://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profiles0705/himalayanbalsam.asp

Ryan

easygardener said...

Yes I agree with Ryan Himalayan Balsam - apparently it is one of those plants that would take over the world given half a chance. Looking pretty and fragile is just a cover.

Arabella Sock said...

THanks Ryan and Easygardener. I've never seen it before! Classified as an invasive weed - well at least it is a pretty invasive weed but then I thought that about creeping buttercup before it crept all over my garden.

Ryan - how dare you! My next blog will be all the adrenaline junky things I have done - although it has to be said that most of them were years ago before I got health problems that put the kybosh on them.

Ryan said...

It's one of those assumptions based on no fact whatsoever. So please don't feel insulted.

Balsam is everywhere around Wales and have also spotted a lot of it in the North of England. Incredibly invasive!!

Ryan

Arabella Sock said...

LOL! I wasn't insulted Ryan - most people would be surprised at what Socks get up to in their spare time.

Ryan said...

We don't need that sort of detail here! :)

Ryan

Ms B said...

Arabella!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rothschild Orchid said...

I fell for the charms of that pretty pink weed too!

Arabella, I hope you don't mind, I've tagged you for a meme over on my blog - no pressure to take part!

VP said...

Himalayan balsam's reached Chippenham this year :(

It's almost as bad as Japanese Knotweed and is a reportable invasive weed.

It's edible apparently!

hiltop said...

We Lancashire Lasses call it Indian balsam. It grows in damp places. Very pretty, but a thug.

It's reached France too as it grows in a nearby wooded river bank.

Arabella Sock said...

Well that is my excuse for not knowing what it was... Sussex countryside is mostly very dry! It was on a wooded riverbank in Devon.

HappyMouffetard said...

In my youth I used to spend summers thigh deep in rivers pulling the stuff up - 'balsam bashing' - a great way of spending the hot summers we used to get "when I were a lass". Nowadays I'd get hypothermia.

jro said...

It's all over Kent, and has been for years, but I do love it. A guilty sort of love! The waterways were smothered in it, huge banks of pink and purple as you went down the rivers. Just magical sailing between them, and about 6' high eventually.

Sue (aka Trillium) said...

It is deceptively pretty, but stinks to high heaven when you crush it.

The seed pods explode very satisfyingly if you give ripe ones a gentle squeeze, though I've now forsaken that riverside pleasure. Oh, for the blissful ignorance of youth.