300 acres on the river in the west of London.

The pagoda in the selfie was built in 1761.
To put this into perspective, Canada’s confederation started in 1867Jul01. That is one hundred and six years after the pagoda was built. And if you want to count from when the last province joined, that would be the Dominion of Newfoundland, in 1949Mar31, or one hundred and eighty-eight years later! Making the pagoda, two hundred and sixty-three years old this year!
No wonder the dragons on the pagoda had to be replaced!
Though the truth is that the dragons were taken down in the 1780’s when the roof needed some rework, and never replaced.
How were the dragons put back on the rooves of the pagoda?
A master-carver recreated a dragon from drawings.
That one wooden dragon was used as a template.
Using modern materials, all twenty dragons were 3D-printed! You can read more here! “I love technology when it works!”

The gardens were in a quiet state, with only a few winter AND spring flowers visible. But the benefit of visiting Kew Gardens in the winter, is that the lack of foliage enbles you to see more. More of the terrain. More of the buildings. More of the views.

A nice day out.
And no crowds.

Plus a kind lady took me in as her guest. So it was free 🙂
But that’s a story for scotch and a fireside.

June says:

Happy New Year 2024

Richard says:

Are you sure they are lions? The “lions” in front of the ROM (when they were there) are actually dogs. I should know because I had to photograph artifacts for the ROM for a book called Homage to Heaven Homage to Earth, Treasures of the Royal Ontario Museum.
There is the Lion Gate and dragons on the Pagoda and the “Old Lions” is a heritage tree planted about 1760. Is there a pic of the Lions on the Pagoda?

biker says:

You are correct. I have replaced the term “lion” with “dragon”. Thanks for the editorial 🙂

Richard says: