Saturday, May 10, 2014

spring beauty ~ two days of out-and-about


We drove a good distance for Camille to participate in a play rehearsal for a homeschool performance of Macbeth. While we were in the lovely town of Viroqua, Sylvia, Ayla, and I made the most of it. We dropped Camille off at rehearsal and headed out to Sidie Hollow Park for sand play and a hike.

 pink bloodroot

 a shared feather

After rehearsal and a stop at the library, Camille headed back to the local yarn store for homeschool knitting group and we checked out the Driftless Cafe which has a seasonal, locally-sourced menu for a yummy midday treat. We played games and read and put together puzzles at the library before picking Camille up at the end of the day. Perfect.


The next day saw us heading the other direction into town to meet friends at Henry Vilas Zoo for a picnic, park play, and checking out the animals.  One of the zoologists kindly chatted with us for quite a long while, answering questions and sharing stories and knowledge of the animals and their care.

in the discovery center

The playful river otters were such a delight to watch, and the tiger came right up to us for an up-close encounter on the other side of the glass.

We rounded out our (already long) day at Olbrich Botanical Gardens to meet with another family of good friends. It was a relaxing and beautiful way to end our time in town.
the garden kaliedoscope

Turkish tulips and checkered frittilary

pasque flower


pics by Camille

After a long, cold winter, we are reveling in these flowering spring days. The warmth, the friendship, the fullness. That's one of the benefits of living in a place with strong seasonal weather, it's easy to be enchanted all over again every spring. As buds and blossoms unfurl, I feel my muscles and worries doing the same.


  1. ah! places i love!! we try to hit vilas whenever we're home. reminds me of living close enough to hear the lions...and i love that camille is doing macbeth! e's taking a shakespeare class and they enjoyed macbeth so much they've all but squeezed out hamlet.
    seems like you live in a pretty ideal spot, near to so much, but on beautiful land. lucky folks!


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