Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!

We had a Mother's Day weekend so we could spend a day with each Mom. No schedule, no rushing around or being pressed for time... it was wonderful. Yesterday, we spent the day with Rose and Mark. We stopped at Whole Foods and picked up some sandwiches and snacks for a picnic lunch. And Rose took us to one of her favorite escapes...Chanticleer Garden. Wow. Who knew these type of places existed almost in our own backyards? It's a sprawling estate that was opened to the public after the owners passed 14 years ago. There are flower gardens everywhere, vegetable gardens, ruins, ponds, little bridges, and endless trees. There's a path that runs through the grounds or you can just stroll the grounds wherever you'd like. It's just stunning. The part that I loved is that every so often you'll come upon some chairs, usually a pair, in an ideal location to enjoy a new aspect of the garden. Each set of chairs is different in design and color. Kind of gives it an 'Alice in Wonderland' type feel. We had the best time and I would definately recommend this place to anyone in the area. Hopefully we'll be able to go again, as Rose mentioned that each time you go it's a different experience since there's always other flowers are in bloom.

After the garden, we visited another arboretum. It was not as large as the gardens but we enjoyed a walk through the bushes blooming in vibrant colors and around a small lake. Although the weather was gorgeous, sunny and 80, when we were out... it got cloudy and the rain arrived shortly after we got home. Perfect timing. Rose mixed up some homemade guacamole that we had with chips & salsa and watched the storm from their sunroom. It was a fun, relaxing day. Thank you Rose, for sharing your favorite escapes with us!


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