Ships and Snails

One could say my walk yesterday was at a snail’s pace.

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But it was lovely out.

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Another thing that moves at a snail’s pace: building a ship in a bottle

Spring Grove

Spring has been visiting for a few days a week, along with her shy friend, Sun (remember her?).

I wanted to see the new flowers before the forecast storm knocked all the blooms down.  I headed straight over to Spring Grove Cemetery:

“Spring Grove was chartered in 1845, and is one of the largest nonprofit cemeteries in the United States, and the most beautiful according to thousands of visitors who come to visit every year. There are 733 acres of which approximately 450 acres are developed.”

Husband finds it morose to take a stroll in a cemetery, regardless of how beautiful it is, unfortunately, and he missed out.  Here are some of my snaps of the flowers and monuments that caught my eye on my four mile walk.

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The older monuments show such careful design – nothing like today’s square slabs.  Sigh.

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I could also do a whole post on all of the Masonic iconography on many of the graves and monuments (it was EVERYWHERE), but I don’t understand most of it.

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Ring a bell, park goers?

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Bouquet production

So, my great friend was getting married to another great friend of mine and I was now fully in charge of creating the ribbon bouquet for her to carry in place of her real bouquet during the dress rehearsal (now you’re up to speed).  This entailed collecting all the ribbons and other gift wrapping prettiness from her bridal showers and then fashioning it into a big poofy paper-plate mounted bouquet.  Piece of cake, no?

Turns out I’m not as crafty as I thought and I had to call in reinforcements.

Houston: We.Haz.Tulle.

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Lots and lots of tulle, actually, which turned out to be a lovely contributing element to the bouquet at the end.  But it was touch and go at the start.

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My reinforcement helped me tame and untangle all of the bows and ribbons into ever growing gorgeousness, beating speed records as she went.

Then the cats wanted to help.

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And then the wine was gone and the bouquet was finished!  Ta-dah!

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