Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tropical Therapy


Is was a cold and blustery day here in Madison
 
High winds causing white out conditions from the skiff of snow we got last night and -30 wind chill factors.

I had to be out and about in it because I had an oil change appt. at 9AM. It was nearly impossible to get out of bed as I lay listening to the wind howl outside. So I decided that since I was going to be halfway to it anyway, I would drop into Olbrich Gardens for a little mid-winter tropical therapy.

The parking lot was chock-a-block full when I got there at 10AM and I almost turned the car around and headed right back home since the best available space was quite a distance from the door, but I sucked it up and went in anyway. Come to find out, the reason that it was so crowded was that there was a fine arts craft show going on! I spent a few minutes looking at all of the pretties; pottery, weaving, paintings and jewelry before I went into the conservatory. BONUS!!!

When I went to get a ticket to go inside, I found out that it was FREE before noon today! BONUS BONUS! I ditched my winter jacket, scarf, hat and gloves, and stepped through the doors. The first lung-full of air relaxed me instantly; warm, damp, green...delicious.  Everywhere you looked there was lushness...

 
And color...


And more color....

                  

And soothing calm...



And the sweet sounds of birds...


And the soothing, trickling water


 I spent over an hour wandering around, sitting on various benches and standing on the bridges by the water with my eyes closed enjoying the sounds. It was a magical remedy for the winter blues!





3 comments:

Michelle said...

Sounds like the perfect respite; so glad you went!

Judy Kiesow said...

I try to go to Olbrick Gardens when I', in Madison. Beautiful! Glad we don't have your weather here in Indiana. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

ahhhhh....... thanks, I needed this....
Patti