Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Down House, Charles Darwin's home

Hello all! Well it's a non arty post today for a change.

Have just come back from a lovely sunny day spent at Down House, in the village of Downe in Kent. Down House was Charles Darwin's family home and so it is full of fascinating things and a really nice working garden - amazingly large vegetables, and flowers that looked more like one of John Wyndham's sci-fi triffids!

I went with a friend who was able to try out his new camcorder with macro lens and luckily the bees were out in force (unfortunately so were the wasps!).

There's a replica of Darwin's cabin on the Beagle, which is very cleverly done, and you mustn't miss the carnivorous plants and exotic orchids in the hot-house. 

Here are a couple of pictures of Down House:

Darwin's study/Salón where he wrote 'On the Origin of Species'