Local Heart, Global Soul

October 31, 2014

The Last Bridge I Took Was in Reality A Bridge Too Far…

Filed under: Cornwall,ENGLAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,South Coast,The Eden Project — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In my last post from the Eden Project in Cornwall, England, I take you back to the main entrance building via the elevated walkway, rather than via the hillside path that Himself, Kiwi Daughter and Little Mr choose to take.

I could have taken the motorised transport back up the hill, or approached the staff and asked for wheelchair assistance but although my foot was hurting a lot I assumed it was just because of the extra exercise, and since I had just taken some pain relief pills that I just needed to wait for them to start taking effect.

It was only when I got a lift from the main entrance building back to the camper that I realised that the pain relief should have been working by then (and wasn’t) so I must have over done things quite a bit.

My stubbornness stemmed partly from the fact that I was sick and tired of being on crutches and thought that extra extra exercise would speed up my recovery and partly because I didn’t want to let the pain “win”,  but that turned out to be a bad idea because the pain quickly became unbearable and I spent most of the night up and in tears.

Since this trip took place in the summer of 2013 and I now have the benefit of hindsight, I now know that doing as much walking as I did around the Eden Project actually did damage rather than good to my foot, but of course I didn’t know that at the time.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The moral of the story is that it doesn’t always pay to try and be “brave”, sometimes you should accept help and most of all you should listen to the messages your body is trying to tell you ,and stop when you feel too much pain.

I’d had a rest in the “Core”building and left Himself and the kids to take the more physical route up the hill.

I made my way to a lift that took me up to the bridge that connected the Core area with the main entrance building on the top of the hill.

From high up on the walkway/bridge I get excellent views of the Biomes, the roof of the Core and all of the outside hillside area (I had already sensibly realised that it was beyond my physical capabilities to go there, so once my foot is better I will need a return trip to see the bits I missed).

Once back in the main entrance building I met up with Himself and the kids and then together we took advantage of the motorised transport for those who are mobility impaired back to where the camper was parked.I regret not using a wheelchair, but we had such an amazing experience here I certainly don’t regret our day here… it’s been fabulous…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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