A few more pictures from my day out yesterday. I took these pictures of the outside of the glass house. The bench above was situated among the flowers. Very little shade here...there is a walking/bike riding path just behind. The white pergola was beautiful, but by the time we reached it...there were no benches to sit on.They are scattered all around, but one here under the shade would have been nice.The bronze sculpture of a little girl reading a book with her doggie by her side was so cute. She wouldn't share her bench, however.
The Eclipse Lagoon was so beautiful. A fountain in the middle and a swan and some ducks swimming....cooled us off. The pathways are made of flat flagstone. Very few railings outside.....so I had to watch my footing going up and down quite often. John can do two steps at a time....those days are gone forever for me.
This is taken from inside looking out. The lagoon goes on forever. I forgot to say that they have a floating dock where you can come to the garden by boat. Rockford has some sightseeing boats in the Rock River....that would be a fun thing to do sometime.
You know, this morning I feel like I just got back from a vacation? So anxious to share the pictures and write it all down for my memories. It's amazing how many attractions we have right here in N. Illinois. Some say that our state is just average.....but I say we have beauty right here in our own backyard. As we drove through Rockford yesterday, we saw volunteers planting along the busy roads. Gardens were being planted in the heart of the old part of town. New businesses were popping up. Little boutiques and shops were everywhere. When we were deciding where to eat...I had a gift card from Red Lobster in my purse. John said, "Why don't we go to a smaller restaurant...and support the local community?" A good idea I thought. As I age, I sometimes forget the little business person. I was once a crafter who sold my things in little shops and at craft shows. I appreciated people who bought from people like me and didn't spend their money in big shops. It's something that I'll keep in mind as I shop now.