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  1. SteveW

    SteveW Gardener

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    Just booked for Chelsea, it also takes in a visit to Kew...extra camera chips required [​IMG]
     
  2. pete

    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    Lucky You Steve, Where do you get your camera chips? I want another one, but they aint arf pricey. :D
     
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    I use this company

    http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/default.php?cPath=777

    Its jersey based and can ship low value orders vat free and sometimes post free too, bought 2 x 256mb sony chips for �£17 each, I think they are usually double that over here, but you have to be very specific when searching or it tends to return as none available
     
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    I'm going to Chelsea too... I'm staying in London so I can get there early to see the show gardens. We found a really convenient hotel just round the corner from the Kings Road which is walking distance from the showground. It's cheap and cheerful, run by two Aussies rather like a hostel. The road is very upmarket so it was a great surprise to see that the inside of the place was a diy disaster. I guess we are gluttons for punishment because we've booked there again but it's so convenient. We're not intending to stay in only lay down our weary bods at the end of the day. There's a good pub opposite too which is an added bonus. Everyone makes a beeline for them when the gates open. When we were there last year they were doing filming on several of the stands so we got to see some of the gardening presenters. I made the mistake of not taking my good camera because I didn't want to carry it round all day but I definitely will this year. I had a pocket camera but the quality of the pictures was not brilliant.
    I recently bought a new flash card from W2W on the web, they're based in Guernsey. The prices were very competitive.
     
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    The booking we have made consists of transport there, overnight stay in a london hotel and entry to kew as well 26th.27th
     
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    Different venue but I'm going to Turkey (Side) for a week at the end of March for the total solar eclipse but I hope to take in a few gardens as well (It's supposed to be apple blossom time over there [​IMG] ) My digi SLR is going with me and I've just invested in a high speed 2GB CompactFlash card bought through e-bay. Hope to have lots of nice pics to show you all after I get back.

    I know Chelsea is 'the' garden venue for the UK but it always looks so commercial and I don't really like crowds but maybe one day I'll get round to going. I'll be very interested in your impressions of it Steve.

    [ 14. February 2006, 10:19 AM: Message edited by: frogesque ]
     
  7. SteveW

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    I'll let you know then Frogesque, as I am a virgin (for Chelsea) also looking at doing the Eden project combined with Helegan, they also do Hampton court and Wisley
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    I've ordered a memory stick from that site Steve, haven't looked all round but lots of interesting stuff. Thanks.
    I've never been to chelsea, even though I'm probably a bit closer than most.
    Would like to see the eden project sometime, Saw heligan back in 97 when it had just been uncovered, usually make Wisley a couple of times a year, and try to get to Kew at least once.
    That trip to Turkey for the eclipse sounds interesting frogescue

    [ 14. February 2006, 07:53 PM: Message edited by: pete2255 ]
     
  9. petal

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    I agree that Chelsea has become very commercialised and design orientated but it still retains the charm that other flower shows lack (in my opinion anyway). I love Wisley and visit there at least twice a year en route to visit the rellies in Somerset. It is about half way from where we are in Suffolk to where we go to in Somerset so it's a good stopping off place. There's always something to see whatever time of the year.
    In Suffolk we have lots of beautiful gardens open to the public and I'm in the fortunate position of organising the openings for the Red Cross. Most of the gardens in the programme are privately owned and only open for one day a year. I'm so lucky to have a job that takes me out to such lovely places. It's inspirational to see what other people do to their gardens. They reflect so much of the owner's personality and taste. I guess that's why gardening is such a addictive pleasure.
     
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    Hi Pete,

    I've always founf the 7dayshop reliable, on the odd time they were out of stock they wouldn,t charge my card until despatched...but you usually get the package within a week
     
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