Butterfly Exhibition At Wisley

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Date: 18th February 2013

I had to go to my dentist in Buckinghamshire  having lost a dental crown last week.  I still go back there near to where I used to live because I have been going to David Harris for decades and know and trust him.  It also gave me an opportunity to stay with my sister and visit my mother.  Poor darling, she is now at a stage of her dementia where my stepfather is going to have to put her into a home.  Even he cannot manage to lift and 'do' for her.  At Christmas my sister and I together found it very difficult to lift her out of her chair - when people become immobile they really do become 'dead weights'.

I left feeling very depressed and impotent.  Even if I had pots of money, there is little I can do to help.  However I decided that I'd cheer myself up by visiting the Butterfly Exhibition at Wisley.

Couldn't believe my luck as I was waved into the first car park. And that's where it ended.  Just about to enter my pin at the Cashpoint, the young man informed me that there was a one and a half hour wait.  I couldn't afford the time because it would have put me back onto the M.25 close to rush hour.  That route is not brilliant at the best of times and now there are road works around J.5, it is a nightmare.

The reason for my disappointment - School Holidays.  When you have no children or grandchildren you forget about the half terms and I had.

However I wandered around the shop and made two purchases although I had made a promise to myself that I wouldn't buy there any more.  I absolutely adore orchids and last year purchased a few at the exhorbitant price of £25 each.  Assuming that, having been bought in such a prestigious place, they'd be fantastic, last and then re-bloom, I couldn't have been more disappointed.  They died off as soon as the blooms had gone.  I've had far more success in reflowering with orchids I bought at Tesco for £5.  But I did succumb and purchased a rather unusual one.  My other purchase, and again I had made a vow of never again, was  a Camellia.  I love their perfume and their waxy almost china-like appearance.

I've bought so many over the years.  Checked on the buds, checked the leaves and then watched the beautiful buds fail to open and drop off.  I think what happens with a lot of the more delicate plants is that whilst they are waiting to be sold, very often they don't receive the correct amount of watering so although a plant may look healthy, it may have been starved of water or overwatered at a critical time.

Anyway, feeling miffed that I couldn't see the butterflies, I consoled myself with my orchid and a camellia.  It does appear to be healthy but we shall see.  But if the buds on this one fall off before they open, then that really is it - I shall resist in future.

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