It was a beautiful day out - mostly sunny and 19 C (or 66 F), so apparently everyone in the region decided to show up as well! We waited for quite a bit to just get in the gate. Luckily for the boys, and for us, they behaved incredibly well. Once we were actually in the gates the crowd spread out fairly decently - except for the snow events.
The boys were hungry - probably from the smells - so we decided to have afternoon tea instead of lunch. Seemed like a very wise decision, since the line to the cafe was huge and there was a large tent filled with chocolate vendors. Off we went, almost all to the same stand. Will was the only dissenter - he had seen a stand with beautifully decorated cupcakes and there was no talking him out of one. I was surprised he didn't want the TimTam one, but he was dead set on the Rocky Road Cupcake. It was massive and he only ate about half of it. So we wrapped it up for later, knowing you can't keep a growing boy filled for long!
|Almost as big as his head, which is saying a lot!|
You can't tell here, but Brian and I were seriously amused watching people that weren't used to snow trying to walk on it. In their defense it was more like ice, but I'm not sure that made it any less funny to us. I believe we managed to not laugh out loud, although I did have to chuckle at the people wearing ski pants, mittens, and beanies!
We had some time to kill before the appointed hour for the boys to ice skate, so off we went to explore a bit. I love wandering around gardens and made the kids wait while I set up some photos, which they did very well.
|See, some leaves do change color here|
|Orange trees bearing fruit while there was snow around|
|Why, yes indeed!|
|View from the lookout|
|I'm a sucker for a purple rose|
|I promise, this was at the beginning of the session|
|When he wasn't on his bum|
To both their credit, whenever they fell they just got back up and kept going. In the above pictures, Will was giggling the entire way. Also, they were on an ice-like substance. I don't think a parent skated by without uttering "Boy, there's no grip on this" or "It's horribly slippery and harder to skate out there."
We stayed at the Gardens a bit longer, then packed it in and called it a day. Everyone was tired and hungry by the time we got home, so we just headed out to the local RSL club for dinner.
We were thankful for such a lovely time together as a family and happy that the next day brought good weather as well. That meant the sparklers were finally a go...