Wellbeing Web at Tropical World, Roundhay Park

A number of our blogging reporters met recently for an afternoon outing. We were intent on visiting Tropical World at Roundhay Park. We hadn’t met for a while, so it was pleasant to first catch up over lunch at the local hostelry. We sat outside in its sun drenched courtyard, where we sampled the victuals and beverages.

We had heard there were new residents at Tropical World, five giant leopard tortoise, which are the largest  of the species in the world. One of our members imagining they might be huge, was disappointed with their size and behavior, but  concluded they must be teenagers. They were bigger than your average pet tortoise, but they weren’t gi-normous,  they were more…..a-morous! Being discreet we did not linger at that section, and therefore have none of our own photographs of them. A return visit for a photograph, might see them grown not only in size, but also in number!

Here are some really excellent photographs of inside the tropical house. These were taken with a bloggie ‘snap’ camera/camcorder by one of our intrepid reporters, (a white hat is a clue to the person’s identity),

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and here are some more photographs, taken with a smart phone, by the blogger ‘that got away’

orchidscooling streams

It was the orchids and hibiscus that added a showy splash of  colour.The jungle room is predominantly, shades of green; the desert room sand coloured and the tropical ponds mysteriously dark, making it hard to spot the wildlife. Camouflage of course is the key to a longer life for wildlife in their natural habitat. Although the butterflies were strikingly patterned and coloured they too were hard to spot against  their background, At Tropical World their friendliness might be accounted for, by the fact we humans look like tasty morsels. We rumbled a rather rare creature which appeared suddenly. not well camouflaged, and normally camera shy.  Our intrepid  reporter managed to take that all essential shot for posterity, as he did of this other strange but fascinating creature.


All members present used their device of choice to take photographs, and we look forward to seeing their contributions later.

Needless to say the tropical temperatures had us all a bit hot under the collar, and elsewhere. Even the trickling streams and water fall did little to cool us down, NO we did not get in any of them.  We were however revived by a cuppa in the nearby tea room.  Everyone enjoyed themselves, and said they’d like to do it again. We shared ideas of projects and events of interest, that might help us develop our photography, writing and filming skills. It’s good to reflect that social meetups for wellbeing, can be both pleasurable and creative.


Considering Lilies

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Writing blog pieces about wellbeing is hard, mood fluctuation often leads me to be less than well. I don’t necessarily think that means I have a diagnoseable illness, a disorder as some are want to call it. I don’t know enough about other peoples’s experience to speculate how they wish to couch their mood changes, I think most likely many people are affected by mood change, but it may be heightened for those whom life has thrown particular difficulties their way, and/or they are sensitive and intuitive of  non-materialistic pursuits.

I had commitments this week, motivation to keep them was low,  but a bunch of flowers relit my enthusiasm sufficiently well to contribute this blog post. It was intended to coincide with Leeds and Yorks PFT http://www.leedspft.nhs.uk/home week long event, 10th June, on the use of digital social media, and its potential to aid some aspects of recovery from mental health issues,.http://digitalmentalhealth.co.uk/wp/?p=955 The flowers were a reduced price bouquet of scented flocks, and bunch of Oriental lilies, still with closed buds, only one revealed a hint of pink. There was no indication whether they were the highly perfumed kind. A visitor bearing a gift of brightly coloured mixed carnations, added an additional part of what was to be a showy display. Each day, mainly overnight one or two buds started to peek open, revealing the delicate white/pink petals and rust tipped stamens, by evening their perfume, overwhelmingly heady, I find Oriental Lilies so exciting, since they open to reveal their unashamed flamboyant nature….(I openly admit to praising them once or twice,) perhaps that’s why twelve blooms rewarded me with their glory for over a week. I’m still awaiting the thirteenth to honor me with its presence, and have now added maroon alstromeria (Peruvian Lilies) to the display. Enjoy them!

The photographs were taken with a bloggie camera.

Sue Margaret