We just arrived home from 8 days in Walt Disney World and it was absolutely fabulous. I hadn’t been there since I was a kid….waaaay back when Magical Kingdom was the only theme park. That’s right, that far back.
|Cinderella Castle at Magical Kingdom|
What I truly loved about Disney was that the majority of the “rides” – and I’m talking probably about 90% of them - were more like shows…and they were all amazing. They also did a fantastic job of describing the rides so that you knew EXACTLY what you were in for...spinning, big drops, small drops, dark, loud, fast, slow...it was all described in the app we downloaded onto our phones, together with up to the minute wait times for every ride.
|Spaceship Earth at Epcot|
But what really surprised me was that I found it to be just as much an experience for the adults as for the kids...maybe even more so. There were many couples there, both older and younger, with no children in tow. Even my husband mentioned that he would love to go back as a couple at some point.
|Disney's commitment to the environment & sustainability|
was evident in many of their exhibits & shows
|I had never seen such thick bamboo, |
which grew throughout the parks
Although there were not a lot of garden related sights to see, I did get a few shots of plants and flowers that caught my eye:
The UK pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot had some beautiful landscaping...no surprise there!
|One of many houses in the UK pavilion in the World Showcase|
|Blurry photo courtesy of the boat ride we were on at the time ;)|
Taking photos during the tour was not easy as it was difficult to focus and shoot as the ride moved along. I also didn't want to be so pre-occupied with taking pictures that I didn't enjoy everything there was to see. The photos that I did end up taking represent only a small portion of what we saw on the tour. As with practically every other attraction at Disney world, this "ride" totally exceeded my expectations:
|Carolina Reaper Hot Peppers|
Notice the ones hanging from the overhead trellis
|Nigerian Drum Gourd|
|Close-up of the white eggplants|
hanging in the eggplant "tree"
|Pineapple (YUM!) with a macadamia tree|
in the back left corner
|Rice and Papayas|
|Tomatoes grown using the "Lean and Lower" technique|
(had to look that one up)
|Water Lily, Lotus & Sea Grapes|
Wouldn't I love to have one of these
under some grow lights in the basement
As for how the garden fared back here in Ontario while we were away, things did ok, although it could have done with a bit more rain. I think it rained on one day this past weekend, but the weather has also been fairly hot, so it was not enough – the beds were bone dry and I had to give them a good soaking yesterday.
I am now in catch up mode - I have a ton of work to do in the garden, including finishing the raised bed for the blueberry bushes that have been sitting in pots since spring (and they are miraculously still alive) as well as a ton of harvesting & blog reading.
Disney is truly a wonderful place. But each and every time I go away, no matter how fabulous a vacation it was, I always breathe a big sigh of contentment when I arrive back home. Dorothy really knew what she was talking about ;)
Till next time…