Monday, March 28, 2005
Rainy and cold
I may have to go down and check the brook later; I’m hoping we won’t have flooding today.
We had the best time at the Botanical Garden! The three of us found each other immediately, and started chatting as though we’d known each other forever. We wandered through the Orchid Show – the detail in those flowers is exquisite! Some of them look like pointillist paintings. Nature truly is astonishing, and it was good for us to wander through the plants and remember it.
We ate lunch in the Garden Café and sat there talking for a couple of hours. We wandered in search of the Herb Garden – we found the Herbarium, but that’s not open to the public, and had to wander back to the Conservatory (we got our exercise). The Herb Garden itself is a tiny square near the Conservatory. I’m sure it’s delightful in the summer, but yesterday, except for the hydrangea, which somehow managed to stay intact through the harsh winter, the garden had not yet began its spring replenishment. I’m sure it is gorgeous in the summer, and it must smell divine, with all those kinds of mint and sage and rosemary. We sat in the garden and talked some more. We wandered through the shop and then over to another café where we got some hot cocoa and talked some more.
What a joy to have hours of conversation, rather than the small talk one usually shares with people! We could talk about everything – writing, politics, family. These two women are intelligent, articulate, questioning – how inspiring to be around such inspirational people! And, even better, they don’t just talk about it – they are out there making the world a better place.
What a terrific way to spend Easter Sunday, which is a day of renewal.
There was one point, where we were chatting in the parking lot, reluctant to go back to our cars and end the afternoon, when the trunk of the car we stood in front of suddenly popped open! The three of us moved away, not quite sure what was coming next – but it turned out the owners of the car approached and they’d popped the trunk with their remote. We all got a good laugh out of that one!
I was surprised by how heavy the traffic was all day, both coming and going. And the Garden itself was packed.
Finished reading the Sunday papers when I came home. I’d treated myself to the Sunday New York Times, which I rarely read anymore. Not only is it overpriced, the quality of the paper has, in my opinion, severely fallen over the past few years. I used to look up to the Times because I felt I could count on them to present both sides of an issue. Not anymore. They are far too concerned with not offending who they see as the majority of their readers and presenting a single, conservative viewpoint than in challenging the readers and making them think by presenting multiple possibilities and points of view. So, I buy it once every few months, because the only part I really miss is the Book Review. I’m glad I took a look at it all yesterday, but I’m not missing anything.
I should have tried to write, but I was so high from the day that I wanted to simply enjoy it. Today is about The Widow’s Chamber and whatever else I can get done on Periwinkle and Ransagh. I’ve got errands to run in the afternoon.
Watched the premiere of Grey’s Anatomy last night on TV. I liked it a lot. While I don’t trust ABC to dole out more than a few episodes at a time, I’ll catch the show when I can. The writing and acting are both excellent.
Slept in this morning – actually, the cats woke me early and I shooed them away and went back to sleep – so I have a slow start. But it’s a cold, rainy day, and I want to allow myself a leisurely pace. Next week will be chaos, so I want to enjoy some quiet while I can.
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