This morning I took myself over to the Eden Project - two reasons, one I wanted to purchase my £5 local's pass and secondly council employees could go in free today. So I picked up my trusty camera bag and off we went in the pouring rain, I was only interested in the biomes so the rain wasn't an issue, plus if I don't go out in it then I wouldn't be going out of the house at all. Having arrived there I showed my ID and then ask to purchase the local's pass, first of all the lady informed me that it runs out in Oct, some odd explanation that if it starts on the 1st Nov everyone is on the same level playing field!!!! Yeah whatever, really couldn't work that one out, then she tells me it is £14!!!!! Hmm that is some increase from a fiver. Well I decided against it as to be honest as I don't really feel it is worth it. I have been to Eden several times and each time I find myself asking what is the big attraction? It was the same today, yes the ice rink is up and there were children skating away having a wonderful time, which is brilliant, much better than being sat in front of the box or festering in their pits. It also happened to be 'Dogs Day' so there were hundreds of dogs all on leads and being very well behaved and lots of pooper scouping going on :) Never the less I had a stroll round (rained had stopped for awhile) and I know it is winter and I wasn't expecting to see colourful flower displays or anything, but nothing has changed, not that it is the sort of place that will change much I guess. I headed off into the mediterranean biome to start with as this is the hottest and the one I wanted to be in, plus it takes awhile for the camera to climatise and stop being a foggy scene when you look through the viewfinder! Thankfully due to the temperture outside it was a pleasant warmth in there though it still took 30 mins for the lens to settle down lol. Having watched "Die Another Day"Saturday night it was interesting to work out where the various scenes had been shot. After that I had a stroll around the other biome then headed out. All the time I was thinking about the local's pass and comparing it with the Heligan annual pass of £25 (which I am planning to get this year) and generally the cost to get into Eden - which is £23.50 for an adult and £68 for a family!!!! (and that is before you add drink and food). Personally I think that is astronomical amount for what is there!!! As I was walking back to the car it dawned on me that my me it just isn't natural enough - I know that is a very obvious statement to make, but it just doesn't feel right to me hence it's lack of appeal for me. I have friends who think it is amazing and go every month, some every week - so ultimately I guess it is a marmite place - you ever love it or hate it. I don't like marmite!!