Eden Update

First written and posted on 29th December, 2012. Please click here if you would like to read the original post on This and That.

A lot has happened since my last post, things have been manic but great at the same time – life doesn’t get much better when you’re too busy enjoying it to have time to write about it!

At the moment I am on holiday, and am back home in Devon to spend Christmas and New Year with my family. I haven’t had a chance to write until now because my laptop died several weeks ago, making it difficult to get any coursework done, let alone do personal writing of my own. 
You may have read my previous post about the death of a colleague, which has been hard to deal with but I am coming to terms with it now. The funeral and memorial service, which was held at Eden last month, couldn’t have been better – over a hundred people attended and shared their memories of Matt, which made the day so special. 
Since the beginning of December I have been working in one of the most famous places at Eden – the Rainforest biome. It is such an amazing place, I was blown away by it when I first visited Eden, so to finally get to work in there has been a dream come true. It’s pretty surreal being in the biome, it can be freezing cold and raining outside but as soon as I step into the giant bubble I’m in a tropical paradise wearing only shorts and a t-shirt. What could be better than that?! 
My favourite thing about the Rainforest is the plants – Eden is one of the few places in England where I can experience working with plants from all areas of the world and, for me, the tropical species are the most exciting. 
My knowledge of rainforest species has increased dramatically, I learnt so much in there that I was actually really sad when my three weeks were up – the time literally flew by.
I’ve included photos I took of different orchids and bromeliads, as well as various palms and spice plants. There’s even a quick snapshot of some tropical moorhens which we have running round the biome! 
My favourite area in the Rainforest is the Amazon, which is the highest point in the biome. When I’m up there first thing in the morning, with only the sound of the waterfall for company, it honestly feels like I’m in the middle of the jungle – moments like that are just priceless.
When I go back to Eden after my holiday I will be working with the Nursery team, which is on the same site where I live. The advantage of that is I am a few yards away from work, meaning I will get a lie-in every morning – I can’t wait!! 
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year – roll on 2013!

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