[All photos in this post were taken by me, you may click to enlarge them.]
Sean and I drove to the wedding of Dr. L’s second daughter in
The photos above were taken by Sean, my husband.
We left at , just as the wedding cake was served. But, the bride was beautiful in a simple white sheath dress and I am sure that this is a marriage that will work out really well, as the couple are very committed to each other. Some of my old work colleagues were there, since I worked for Dr. L many moons ago and we talked of old times. They played music mostly from the 60’s and many of us cut the rug. The food was fabulous.
We got to mother’s house a on Sunday morning. She was up and let us in. I washed off my make up and went to bed. Sean left the next morning as per plan, as he had an architectural project to finish at home for a presentation on Tuesday.
Mom and I enjoyed a breakfast visit from one of her ex-colleague’s who will celebrate her 100th birthday next year. The ex-colleague had brought Irish soda bread from Gemellis’ Bakery and it was delightful. Although at an advanced age, this woman is mentally together and sprightly. She uses a cane, but only because she does not trust her footing in unfamiliar turf. At home she runs around like there is no tomorrow. She still plays bridge. She does not drive, however. I have known her since my childhood, so it is always a treat to see her. I intend to go to her 100th birthday celebration, because, how many of those does one get to go to??? That night we watched Big Love.
Monday at – during my nap, Vasco, mom’s Portuguese water dog, worked his first day as a companion dog at an adult center for learning disabled people. He and mom met 20 people there who go for classes. Plus, they met the staff. Vasco was a big hit and was asked to come back again. He is such a good boy! Then Mom and I went out bargain shopping. For dinner we went out to the Cheesecake Factory, but were not served by Penny. We were ably served by Kinesha, who took very good care of us. I had a cheddar cheese burger on whole wheat with onion rings and mom had a cheese burger with bacon on it on a bun and fries. For desert we shared an original and vanilla bean cheesecake. Then we watched the Big Bang Theory and Saving Grace.
Tuesday took it easy we went out for Indian food. We wanted to go to the all vegetarian Dhosa Diner, but they had had a kitchen fire and were closed. So we went to mom’s favorite Indian restaurant which I have eaten at before. We were so early and I told her that it was when the peasants eat, and she replied indignantly “I am a peasant.” We had the whole place to ourselves and the server flirtatiously said “Would you like the ocean view or the
Wednesday we went to the
Plus we saw a Daphne literally covered in buds and ready to bloom.
Then we approached the mansion and I took a photograph. We were taking a shortcut across the main lawn from the
Here is the main entrance. Notice the sinking ship on the top of the doorway which signifies the family’s main income from maritime insurance.
Next, we entered the camellia houses. Here, grow camellias planted directly in the soil and also potted. The plants range in size from small, like you might buy in your local greenhouse, to huge, as in taller than a man. The flowers come in all colors, from white to red, varieties and sizes.
The houses are not heated, but airy and fragrant. It was like a breath of spring being in there. There were also water features and the camellias were augmented with hanging vines, like jasmine and roses.
Reluctantly we moved on. We visited the succulent houses, but I only took a photo of this jade vine, because it looks so extraterrestrial.
Then we went through a color room that had oranges, bananas, palm trees, bromeliads, orchids, crotons and all sorts of tropical plants. I had to wait until some photographers left to get this photo.
Then it was onto the orchid houses. Sigh. It was so beautiful there! I instantly began taking photos of the lady’s slipper orchids, because I have a Ralph Glory that is a lady’s slipper at home and I prefer them possibly because of that. I think they are damn sexy orchids (well, at least to the Hymenoptera that pollinate them)!
Above is a photo of a bee pollinating an orchid that I found on the web.
The Phalaenopsis orchids seem very ordinary to me. But this shot, that my mother took, finds one that has random spots. I love that!
Here is a look down the orchid house, just to give you a perspective on how it looks.
So refreshing to see an entire greenhouse filled with orchids in bloom! Of course on the other side were the lady’s slipper orchids. And finally, as a tribute to Cristiano, here is a photo of green orchids that we saw a large arrangement of at the Asian Art Festival that we attended together.
Then we went out again and saw a small fish pond with bright orange red comets in it. No koi, how disappointing!
Dinner Wednesday was with mom’s dinner group and we journeyed to Fisherman’s Catch on
Mom cooked dinner on Thursday. She made fettuccine with prosciutto, peas and Swiss chard in a roux. It was fabulous! Thursday night we watched Ugly Betty and Grey's Anatomy. Of course we watched Jon Stewart's Daily Show on our computers all week.
The last photo I took was from the Sea Jet as I was departing of the beach on Orient Point. Bye Mommy! Thanks for having me! I had a great time!