Monday, March 7, 2011

Longing for Green

This is what our weather looked like on Friday.

Dust! After sitting outside for 3 hours at Zack's baseball game, I was not feeling so well the rest of the afternoon. Thankfully the past couple of days have been nicer, but more dust is predicted for this week.

While in Sri Lanka, we visited a botanical garden in Nuwara Eliya.

The kids did what kids are supposed to do.

Living in a desert country sure makes you appreciate nature and all its beauty.

Paths led us to different garden areas.

It was a very peaceful experience.

Unfortunately, the blooming season is in April.

So although we didn't see a lot of flowers, we still enjoyed all the greenery! (Did you know that in their natural habitat, poinsettias can grow to be up to ten feet tall?)

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. ~George Washington Carver

Wishing everyone a warm and wonderful week ahead. Friendship blessings, Tammy


Heather said...

The gardens look so pretty. Sounds like you had a really nice trip and birthday. The cottage where you stayed looked like a peaceful retreat. Hope the dust settles down for you soon.

Susan said...

Hello Tammy...Hope you have an excellent week. I would not like the dust,either. Here, today we had cold, icy rain and dark skies....not pleasant. At least you have nice memories of your trip. Susan

koralee said...

What a beautiful garden my friend....sending you clear skies for the rest of the week. xoxoxox Take care

bunny said...

I can't imagine sitting in dust like that. Hey...I decided to look up Kuwait since I know nothing about it. It sits between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, but you knew that huh? Do you live near the ocean? Where you there in 1990 when Iraq troops fought over oil drilling?
I found all this info very interesting. Do you plan on coming back to the states? I'm sure I'll have more questions.
Hope you have a great week ahead of you and please, stay dust free.


Mariette said...

Dearest Tammy,

So sorry for having to endure such dust... Glad you went to this green oasis on Sri Lanka! Yes, when we lived and worked for three years in Indonesia we saw lots of poinsettias lining the road up the mountain and they are almost tree size. Provided they get as much rain as there! Amazing world we live in.

Have a great week and lots of love,


The English Romantic said...

Hi Tammy,
You were escaping heat and dust, I was escaping
cold and damp but we both ended up in a green heaven. We also saw Poinsettia 'trees'.
Hope the dust settles soon.
Hugs Angela.

rosarod said...

Hi Tammy, that precious photos of the garden, especially the beautiful poinsettias, thanks for sharing, hugs, Rose Marie

Claus said...

I surely knew that about poinsettias! They are very common here, especially around Christmas time (they bloom beautiful around that time of year, and we have grown to consider them a Christmas flower). Almost every garden has a poinsettia tree (Including yours truly!!) and many leave them to grow as tall as possible. Some are still blooming! We saw a couple over the weekend while walking Lucas and Mateo.
Lush nature that of Sri Lanka! I bet you all felt great in it, and probably miss it with all that dust around!
have a lovely - hopefully less dusty? - day!!

crochet lady said...

That looks like a lovely spot! Green is such a lovely color.

I knew that about poinsettias, my hubby had some family that lived in the Philippines and in the back of their house they had these huge poinsettia bushes.

Rostrose said...

Hi, dearest Tammy - I am happy that Austria is on your list :o) - and Sri Lanka is on mine ;o) (What a pitty that our godchild lives in Hikkaduwa - I think I have to do a closer look at the distances...) I've seen your postings about the food you got in the Lavender House - yummie, that really looks very very good! I first needed a dictionary to translate one sentence of your comment "We just drooled over every little morsel" - but now I KNOW what you mean :o)
Fog-free hugs from Austria, Traude

Pam said...

What a lovely place you visited. We desert dwellers seem to appreciate green trees and grass more than those who live with them and take it for granted that everyone has green grass and trees. We sometimes have lovely spring blooms in the desert but not this year. Too dry in the winter when the seeds need the rain. Oh well, maybe next year.

Kathleen said...

Just wondering, do you ever wear a mask to protect you from the dust and does it make for extra dusty homes? I didn't know that about Poinsettias. My Christmas one is still going strong, such a beautiful plant. Kathleen.

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Tammy...oh I just loved that last quote! It's a keeper!

Anonymous said...

TEN FEET TALL? Wow, now that's interesting!

Oh, dear....I'd have a rotten headache if I had to sit outside in the dust for 3 hours. And a really hot shower! Hope you survived.

Your boys are growing so tall...all legs! And sitting in trees. Love that shot!

DH and I were discussing your trip to Sri Lanka yesterday and marveling at your photos. How lucky you are dear Tammy. And what sweet memories you are making!

Warm hugs
Jan (who's awaiting the snow at the moment)

glor said...

What a wonderful quote and so found in the pictures you have here. How fortunate you are to be able to visit so many places and so many of beauty. Best of all, thanks for taking us with you. Have a wonderful day dear girl.

Diane said...

I'm glad you got a green respite. I'm sure you needed it. Thanks for your nice comment on my art blog. My printing is the sloppier one, the handwriting is probably on the paper.

Serena said...

I was very sick with asthma for two months when we had a bad dust storm back in 2009. I feel for you. I hope it clears quickly.

The gardens were beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Go away dust, and stay away!! YIKES!! It looks awful. We have had a lot of dust too, so I am very thankful for a sunny day today. The pictures from the garden look just wonderful. It reminded me of the day we spent at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaguia. What a wonderful way to spend the day...


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