Friday, January 30, 2009

Day Out With My Grandson

Our first destination was a used bookstore down near the Tacoma Dome. A few blocks from the bookstore the traffic came to a near standstill. As we inched along we soon saw the reason for the congestion. Apparently, the driver of this truck took a corner a little too fast and tipped over. The cab was pretty smashed up, the windshield was broken out as was the driver's door window. I hope he/she wasn't hurt badly. The truck carried a load of lumber which was all over the street. Someone had brought in another truck and a loader and was proceeding to transfer the lumber from the street to the empty truck.


After we left the book store we proceeded to Tacoma's Wright Park and the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory. The Conservatory was established in 1908 and is one of only three Victorian-style conservatories on the west coast. It was so wonderful to see the beautiful spring flowers interspersed with the marvelous glass works of Tacoma born Dale Chihuly.I'll let you just scroll down thru the pictures and see these beautiful works for yourself. My friend Monica, has posted pictures from the conservatory in her Blog in the past and her pictures are absolutely glorious compared to my humble attempts today.


































After we left this beautiful glimpse of Spring, we went for a Teriyaki lunch and then stopped at Target (my grandson's request) where he was able to get what he wanted and I finally found the book "The Shack" by WiIlliam Paul Young. I've been looking for it and everyplace I've looked has been sold out. So I was very happy to finally get a copy for myself.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures ~ we had a wonderful day today. Until next time, Linda

27 comments:

a corgi said...

beautiful pictures Linda! sounds like a great day! let me know what you think about the Shack; I've heard some reviews about it; haven't read it yet

thanks for sharing your day with us

betty

Kathy said...

Beautiful photos! Sounds like you had a wonderful day with your grandson. No better way to spend a day!

Hugs, Kathy

Gerry said...

I don't know how you could take more spectacular photos than these. I am very puzzled as I have never seen flowers like some of these and am wondering if they are real or art works placed there. Gerry

DB said...

Great pictures, as I already told you. DB

krissy knox said...

I just love, love, love your photos. Thanks for taking me there tonight. You took me on a vacation! I loved the flowers, and I loved the coi and the figurines! All breathtaking.

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ADB said...

stunning blooms, linda, great pics

Joni said...

Hi, those pictures are so beautiful. The man is so talented. It's hard for me to believe that he and his family lived next door to my family on McKinley Hill the year I was born. Dale used to play and hang out with my sisters.
Glad you had such a nice day with your Grandson.

Marie said...

How wonderful that you got to spend such a special day with your grandson! Loved the pictures! I hope you enjoy The Shack. I did, but Todd couldn't get into it for some reason. It's different, that's for sure, but I did enjoy it.

Jan said...

What a fantastic day out all that beautiful glass ware ,gorgeous blooms and ..then a book store !now that is my idea of a day out ..love Jan xx

Sugar said...

what a wonderful day, know your gson enjoyed time with you too. {{}}
love those pics, they're beautiful!!!
have a good wkend.
huggies...

garnett109 said...

The pics were great thanks for sharing!

Kelly said...

What a wonderful day it sounds like y'all had. The pictures are just stunning and so beautiful to see right here in the middle of wintertime. It is really uplifting! Thanks for sharing y'alls day out with us. Hope the truck driver is alright too. Hugs, Kelly

Julie said...

Sounds like you had a great day. Loved the photo's

Frances said...

Such lovely, colorful photographs, Linda. Thanks for sharing them with everyone. That was a special day with your grandson. One that will give you both many wonderful memories.

Robin said...

The glass artist "Chihuly" has worked featured at the Phoenix botanical garden... my SIL wanted me to go see it with her when I was home for Christmas but we didn't have enough time. Love the pictures!!!!

sober white women said...

It sounds ;like you had a nice day out. I must say that the pictures are great! I would love to see that in person.
Kelli

Linda :) said...

You did get a lot done this week!
and maybe another cruise coming up and cookies even... :)
What a wonderful place to visit! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures!!
Have a great weekend!

Just Bill said...

Linda, flowers were beautiful. Isn't it fun to take the grandchildren for a day out?
Hi, Bill

Joyce said...

Fabulous photo's Linda. Just beautiful. That was quite an accident you witnessed. We had that happen with a coil of steel one time and it turn onto a car and killed a lady.
Hugs, Joyce

Beth said...

I love the beautiful glassworks interspersed with the beautiful flowers. They really complement each other! Sounds like a fun day!

Sandra said...

Thanks for posting such beautiful photos Linda, I thought they were all real at first but they are sensational to look at. i`m glad you had a lovely day out with your grandson. :o)

Love and Hugs

Sandra xxxx

Jeannette said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day out with your grandson Linda. The spring flowers were a welcome sight! It may snow here Monday, it's just too cold for me! I've been MIA because Andy has been ill again. Jeannette xx

nancy said...

Linda those are awesome. I love the colors in the blown glass planter ornaments. Thanks for sharing.Nancy

Maria said...

Sounds like you had a great day and a great photo shoot! It's so eclectic with the Chihuly glass and the flowers. His work always make me think of the tropical sea anomes and underwater world. The colors are more vibrant but the flowing lines of the glass effectively soften the feel of the art. I'm amazed at where we put this work...if an earthquake happens in those places I would not want to be under them....they are amazing. There is a plant conservatory in Seattle in Volunteer Park very similar to what you have there in Tacoma! Good reminder..:) ..but I don't think it has the Chihuly glass. THanks, Linda for an interesting post!

Monica said...

Hi Linda, I'm glad you got to the conservatory to see this display! You ought to go at night too, with the lights on it. I can't remember if I posted photos from my two trips to the conservatory or not. I think maybe a couple is all.

Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos.

MOnica

Lori J said...

Hi Linda,
As I look at those pictures, once more I know that we serve a Lord who is the greatest artist ever.
They almost take your breath away....and I needed them as I now look back out on brown and snow.

Love ALBERTA Lori

Lisa said...

It sounds like a great day and I love the pictures. What an awesome place to see.