Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Azaleas and Cherry Blossoms

The whole family returned to Missouri Botanical Garden for a lovely sunny and warm day celebrating my birthday over the weekend. Peak spring blossoms with the 80F/26.6C allowed for a pleasant walk through a beautiful landscape that refreshed our memories of previous visits while creating enjoyable new family moments. We spent three hours wandering the paths of the English woodland garden, touring the Henry Shaw house and taking lots of photographs of blooms in the Japanese Garden.

We finished the day at the Olympia Kebob House & Taverna  savoring Greek gyros, sharing dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and yummy galaktoboureko, a custard dessert I prefer to baklava. Once home, the nap effect hit from all the sun, fresh air, and calming natural beauty combined with a full tummy and an afternoon of walking. One of the best family activities we have all been able to coordinate and uninterrupted by digital media or scheduled demands. Our level of relaxation indicates the power of the natural environment to sooth our busy human selves. It is so important to make the effort to connect to the seasonal beauty of the outdoors, take a walk in a garden, a neighborhood or on a local nature trail. The benefits are both subtle, yet amazing. We are smiling in all our photos and look back on the day with a smile...

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