Yesterday AM my plan was to work on the drapery fabric that’s been on my table for the past week. This was my plan in spite of the phrase my mother used frequently: “for every stitch you take on Sunday…you will rip out two on Monday!”
That was my plan before my phone rang and my friend Inge called and asked me if I wanted to visit the Logee garden center up in Danielson. That seemed like a good idea until a couple of seconds later when I mentioned Woodland Gardens in Manchester.
I met Inge at the Park & Ride in Norwich and we were on our way to Danielson. My recollection of the Logee Greenhouses dates way back to the day I went with my friend Carol when she was on assignment to do a story on that very place. Maybe late ’70’s or early ’80’s? At that time it’s sole product was begonias. But they were absolutely amazing in color, size and rarity. Now it is a number of linked greenhouses as well a a shop. Thank goodness I had my little camera with me. We were there for quite a while and then decided to head for Manchester. Were we crazy or not.
Inge had thoughtfully brought along some fresh fruit so there we were on the back roads of Connecticut driving from Danielson to Manchester while eating bananas.
Woodland Gardens focus is more toward your outdoor garden plants etc. so we did purchase some little things there for terrariums. Their pansies and tulips were stunning and the green house was full of plants just waiting for the white stuff to stop falling from the skies.
By now we were hungry so we continued on to South Windsor and Evergreen Walk. We had lunch at Ted Turner’s “Montana Grill”…yum…then attempted to walk it off by heading for L L Bean’s store at the other end of the “Walk”. As we walked we suddenly became aware of the number of empty storefronts at Evergreen Walk. Not a good turn of events to be sure. There were at least 10 empty stores.
Heading toward L L Bean we spotted a “Ben & Jerry’s” so making the obvious choice to walk in the sun since our coats were in her car we crossed the street. Would you believe there was a working, gas fueled fire-pit right in front of the ice cream shop. Fire and Ice! who could as for more. We petted a number of very friendly dogs of all shapes and sizes as we headed back to the car.
One more quick stop in South Windsor: “Clothes Mentor” where I’ve been known to score some real bargains. This is a consignment shop that carries quality new and gently but pre-owned clothing. The employees are friendly and the prices? you need to see them to believe them. For me this time it was a pair of spring Capri pants still bearing their Talbot’s original $89.00 price tag that cost me $19.14 (including tax)!
Totally exhausted we headed back to Norwich and ultimately home. I’d left home around 9:30 AM and now it was well after 4:00 PM.
After taking a quick look at the photos I’d taken, I turned on the TV to see if the rest of the world was still in tact and for some strange reason the next thing I knew it was 10:30 PM.
Thus endeth our road trip for Sunday, March 11, 2018.
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