Tuesday, September 14, 2010

weekend getaway, part one

If you know anything about Steve and I, you probably could have guessed there would be a garden involved. We went to the North Carolina Arboretum and spent Friday morning wandering around and enjoying TEMPERATURES IN THE 70'S.

There was still a decent amount of stuff blooming, plus all the lovely trees and bushes and paths to explore. And, being that it was a weekday, we had the place pretty much to ourselves.

They had tons of bonsai trees of all types that were amazing. Whole little landscapes made out off moss and mini trees, like the one above. It really made me want to try bonsai.

We spent the afternoon wandering around downtown. (Note Purl's Yarn Emporium in the pictures above and yes, we went in). The weather was SO nice it was thrilling just to be outside.

They have the most amazing roses growing outside the Basilica of St. Lawrence. I have always admired this building and its roses from across the street, but we went over to smell and explore this time.

After admiring all the roses and other beautiful landscaping, we tried the side door and it was unlocked (I love churches that are always unlocked!), so we went inside. The inside was possibly more amazing than the outside. Cathedral ceilings, stained glass windows, and so much detail it was impossible to take it all in. Plus it was dark and cool and you could smell incense and candle smoke and it just felt like a holy place.

Tomorrow I will post some pictures from Saturday and tell about day two of our trip. And probably give a little update on the knitting, which is going really well.

As for shop news, I am finishing up a custom diaper bag order today and then plan to go right back to work on the pumpkins. Pumpkin sightings are expected later this week.

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