On Saturday, I shook off my bedridden blues and headed to Kew Gardens for some family fun. It was the perfect day for it - crisp, clear and with intermittent bursts of brilliant sunshine. With so much to see and do - and a toddler in tow - we decided to follow our daughter's lead.
As it turned out, we couldn't have had a better guide.
In addition to the David Nash piece below, we stumbled upon several others nestled unobtrusively amongst the foliage and (in between squirrel-chasing and watching the birds at lunch) we tried to see who could spot them first.
She made a beeline for a magnificent Victorian carousel on the grounds but the towering creatures on it were far too intimidating for her and she opted for the mini vintage car ride instead. The cars on the track were once pedal cars but had been refurbished especially. I loved the bright colours and personalised number plates on each of them.
Several gleeful circuits later, we headed to the Princess Of Wales Conservatory. It was so unexpected to have visible breath one minute and computer-controlled tropic temperatures the next but it was a welcome change nonetheless. If I'm completely honest, the vivid colours, sights and smells made me nostalgic for Christmases spent in warmer climes.
Our time at Kew ended all too soon at the interactive Climbers and Creepers play area which turned out to be such a huge hit that it took some convincing to tear our little adventurer away.