The Englishman and I were spending the day in Richmond, United Kingdom wandering around the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The gardens are located outside of London and preserves thousands of plants, trees and other botanical specimens within 300 acres. It is considered the largest and most diverse collection in the world.
There were several places to eat and have a cup of tea within the gardens and we chose the Victoria Plaza Shop which was a café and gift shop before heading to the Treetop Walkway. The Englishman and I picked an outside table to sip steaming mugs of peppermint tea and share a sausage roll and an orange plum cake between us. Birds scampered about hoping for a dropped crumb. I heard a rustling in the bushes lining the path and watched with quiet fascination as a male peacock appeared in the courtyard. He walked across the cement slabs, oblivious to the tourists walking nearby and approached the automatic glass doors to the gift shop. Too small to trigger the door to open, the peacock waited patiently for a person to exit. All of the outside tables became still as we waited to see if the peacock would gain access. Alas, it was just a window shopping adventure and the peacock soon strutted to another part of the garden. We waited until he departed before continuing our own adventures in the gardens.