For her birthday, all mother requested was a day to herself. With five squirming children, aged 7-20, no wonder. This is part 1, where we go to the gardens. Later on, there will be a part 2, and then a part 3, about the rest of the day. This post is made up of regular pictures and small galleries. If you click-through the galleries, I have details about our day stuck in the caption box. As always, enjoy!
Every saturday, I get up before dawn to carpool 40-odd minutes to my violin lesson. Usually I car-pool back and arrive in time to help fix lunch. This time, though, Daddy brought the rest of the kiddoes (excepting my oldest brother, who could get himself out of the house), and took us to the Botanical Gardens.
They were rather excited. Kristiana was, too, only she was crocheting.
Mother had briefed Katya about going to a garden to “Smell pretty flowers, not pick them”, and she was happily bouncig around as we were registering.
I showed her to smell the orchids.
And then she went around smelling the leaves, too!
There was lovely art hanging all over the place. I’m not sure what it’s made of.
Orange is *so totally* her colour.
Katya hadn’t quite seen me, yet.
They had a neat fairy-tale train track in one part.
Orchids must be in season; they were all over the place!
Some more of that hanging art. This one reminds me of a gardenia.
There were these two Maccaws, and they scared Katya horridly. I’ve seen her worse, be she was very happy to move on to…
The nice, quiet desert section. Because prickles stay in their place, and don’t squalk.
And then we met some Russians, one of whom had read Katya’s blog when we were adopting her.
Two Russians. (And one Ukrainian)
While Dad was chatting with them, I admired some “blowen, pressed, and lampworked” art. Actually, there were a few other sorts of glass in there, but those are the ones I remember.
And then we went upstairs to…
The orchid garden. (The watermarked picture at the top of this post is also from this garden)
I hope to have part 2 up tomorrow evening. I’ll be finishing up the botanical gardens, and previewing the rest of our day.