Let’s Take A Walk Through Finnerty Gardens

27 04 2008

This past Friday my parents took Jasmine and I for a magical walk through UVic’s famous Finnerty Gardens. The Rhododendrons were in full bloom, as were many other fabulous species.

I last visited with my Grandpa and Grandma Whitbread when I was about 7 years old. I remember picking spent rhodo blooms off the forest floor. I noticed that some were scented, and others were not, and that all Rhododendron flowers were quite sticky. The bright orange ones really caught my eye at the time.

Jasmine slept through most of the walk, but when she did rouse from her snooze, she became infatuated with touching the beautiful blooms. I hope when she’s older she’ll have as much fun in the gardens with her Grammie and Grandpa as I did with mine.

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Surprise, it’s Saturn!

14 04 2008

This year we had the opportunity to see the moon in it’s fully eclipsed format. I took a few photos, none of which turned out very well. In my defense I was trying to use my camera in pitch black while my husband was calling me for supper. After uploading the pictures to my computer I opened them and noticed, when I zoomed in, that one of the ‘stars’ was very blue and spherical! After contacting the Centre of the Universe Observatory, they told me that what I’d photographed was actually Saturn! What a fluke! Anyhow, here are a couple of photos. You can click them a couple of times to enlarge fully.