Norfolk Botanical Gardens (aka Plan C)
My favorite boy toy and I did some serious wandering last weekend. We put the boys into the kennel as we knew we’d be leaving early and getting home way late. Their Daddy took them in Friday afternoon – they were so eager to get to doggie day care they ran off without even looking back at him. For sure, they didn’t miss us.
It took us four hours to get from our house to Chesapeake, Virginia, which is almost directly east of us. Two hours to drive, an hour for breakfast after we were on the road for a while, and an hour waiting in traffic! And that was the alternate route too – the first route we tried was backed up even worse.
The game plan was to do some antiquing and then do one or two other things. I really wanted to see the Norfolk Botanical Gardens; my boy toy was quite unenthused about it so we left it as Plan C. I figured I could always go back later by myself.
So off we went antiquing. We went to a store called the Home Emporium. The reviews we read said it had unique stuff, great prices, but was a dump and in a dumpy neighborhood. Well it was all of that. But my husband found some things for his still life photography and was quite happy with it.
After a quick lunch, we tried to program into the GPS a historical village called Strawberry Banke. It was in a town called Portsmouth which was in the same general area. We finally had to look it up on the Internet. Um, it was in Portsmouth alright. Portsmouth New Hampshire, not Portsmouth Virginia. Okay, scratch Plan B.
So the botanical gardens it was and we had a lovely time.
The day was clear, warm without being hot, a gentle breeze, and a beautiful sky. We took a tram ride to see what all was there, then we took a pontoon boat ride on the lake.
By the way, we didn’t have to pay for admission. Our membership at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens had reciprocity here and we were treated like any other member. Sweet!
We saw so much on the lake, from seagulls swooping into the water to a bald eagle attacking an osprey that was fishing in its territory.
Although I have a lot of pictures from what we saw on the water, there was so much more there. We saw three different brides and their families, there for wedding ceremonies. We saw butterflies, spiders, flowers of all type, and walked along a boardwalk that overlooked the lake.
Since our plans were loosey goosey, I didn’t contact Patti at A New Day Dawns to let her know we were in her part of the world. I felt bad about it as I’d like to get together with her, but I didn’t think we’d pull it off.
So. . . guess who sat across from us on the pontoon? And guess who was getting on the tram right behind us? As my husband said, what are the odds you’d run into her and her husband? Apparently 100% was my answer.
So Patti and I met! We chatted for a few minutes on the tram ride and will try to get together another time. If you’d like to see her pictures from that lovely day, head on over to here.
The day didn’t go as planned, but it was a wonderful day regardless. Artistic inspirations, fresh air, beautiful scenery, and the chance to meet a friend – it certainly was a day to remember and a memory to savor.
Anyone’s life truly lived consists of work, sunshine,
exercise, soap, plenty of fresh air, and a happy contented spirit.
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I love those turtles…my daughter just got two so that has piqued my interest a little
I’m glad you liked it and came over from Cee’s blog to check it out!
Glad you braved the traffic(are they building a new bridge/ roadway?) – and all the “re-calculating” along the way. The sign did get a laugh. It looks like a lovely place – beautiful heron and turtles!
I’m not sure why the cranes were there – it was off into the water and might have been a normal part of shipping. And yeah, the GPS did drive us nuts with recalculating! Glad you liked the photos.
My mom lives near the gardens and when we visit we always go there no matter the season :)
How cool! I always love it when my readers share things like that with me. I’m glad they can enjoy good memories through my posts and photos.
I’m go to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens frequently and feel the same way – no matter what time of the year it is, I can find something beautiful there. Here are photos from a walk in January:
Thanks for stopping by!
Cool photos :)
Thank you and thanks for visiting!
We all need a sign like that somewhere on our daily route! What a fun day after all that traffic – ugh. And I’m a sucker for turtles on a log! K
It settled into a really fun day, but not for a while. And that sign was a hoot! We couldn’t help laughing and relaxing as soon as we saw it. Those turtles were great, but if you saw the photo you’d be pretty surprised. They’re way far away and not very distinctive. Hooray for a lot of pixels and some good Photoshop skills to bring up the detail and colors.
What talent! I would have never guessed. Hope things are settling down for you at work and happy you are getting away for some Relaxing ( I have just got to get me one of those signs) K
Thanks Kathleen! Work is going well – not too much overtime and the returns are getting done efficiently and without a lot of errors.
Lovely photos, a beautiful garden! Wish I could be there sometime, too!
Thanks Judith! But at least you could visit vicariously through my blog post. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for the link back. :) I didn’t realize you were on the boat at the same time! Not til I saw the picture of the great blue heron and thought–he hadn’t moved! lol Was that the craziest meeting, and on our first visit there in 30+ years of living here?
It sure was fun to meet you! What a great story. Yes, we were on the other side of the boat. I had to shoot behind you in a very short window to get some of those pictures.
LOVED TRAVELING WITH YOU AND ENJOYED THE BIRDS. HOW NICE OF YOU TO POST IT ALL, I LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT TIME…..
Thanks Mom! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
I live in the deserty area of Southern Texas and these pics have transported me for the moment. Thank you.
Heidi – thank you so much. I’m getting so comments like this that I’m thinking of ramping up the photos. It seems we’re all starved for some beauty and laughter (have to get some more beagle stories). I’m glad you enjoyed them!
I love the sign photo best of all!
I think that would be a GREAT photo for your blog (the chronic illness / energy healer one). I’ll send it to you when I have a chance to remove the watermark.