Thursday, March 24, 2011
Close to Nowhere
Gardens and side effects
If you’ve never driven up to Memphis and cruised the Memphis Botanical Gardens, you sure need to!
As 99 percent of us are aware, last week was spring break. The girls opted not to go anywhere as their favorite hotel in Hot Springs, Ark., was booked solid. So was the other hotel that they like, so...
Thursday, my day off, we had planned to go to the Memphis Zoo. Dana, my granddaughter’s mom (and incidentally my daughter), had to work, which was good, as she doesn’t enjoy the zoo much anymore. I still love it, so it worked out well...until we got to Memphis anyway. The entrance we normally go in had a “lot closed” sign and a traffic guy standing there waving folks away.
I drove around to the other side, on Poplar Avenue, and there was a policeman there, waving traffic away. He told us people were parking in the neighborhoods and walking in.
People were parking four and five blocks away! I had horrible visions of packed crowds and the other tourists getting all in my way, so we drove “down Memory Lane” a while until we could decide what to do.
I love Memory Lane, but I don’t think the girls enjoyed it as much as I did. My old apartment building had been torn down, as had the rest of the neighborhood, and rebuilt into modern condos, etc. Really cute, but not even close to what I remember.
We ate at Huey’s and Mere came up with the idea of visiting the botanical gardens. It was a great idea!
I think my favorite part was a new section they’re still working on — flower beds. What made these beds special was that actual beds were buried in the dirt and filled with bright flowers.
After we’d wandered around the children’s gardens a bit, I discovered that between my leftover bronchitis and the new medicine I’d been taking for my swollen brain/eyeball, I was exhausted and couldn’t breathe.
Remy wanted to play around the fountains, so Mere, Robin and Grace wandered off by themselves while I relaxed in the shade and Remy threw a Frisbie back and forth to herself.
When the teenagers rejoined us, I enjoyed the hundreds of pictures of the koi in the lake. They were spectacular! And Robin got great pictures of the feeding frenzy as another visitor tossed Cheerios to the fish.
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