Birthday garden trip

It's time for the obligatory annual birthday post!

My son and I in the rock garden

This year, we didn't do anything fancy.  We just celebrated with a simple picnic lunch in the park by Canadaigua Lake and a trip to Sonnenberg Gardens, followed by some ice cream from Cheshire Farms Creamery.  We also had cake from Phillips European the night before, so I didn't go without birthday cake.  (I guess that's a little fancy - they have exceptional cake.  My wife and I get cake from there for our anniversary every year.)

The Japanese garden and tea house

This was the first time I've been able to get to the gardens this year.  I had been hoping to go in June when the roses were in bloom, but that didn't work out.  The grounds are pretty big and I enjoy just walking around them.  It's nice to get out in nature, and the beautiful assortment of flowers and other plants they have enhances the experience.  

Inside one of the conservatory buildings

I was afraid we were going to get rained out this time, but we managed to time our trip perfectly.  Dark clouds were threatening when we had lunch, but the sun came out while we were at the gardens.  The clouds came back as we were on our way out of the gardens and headed to the creamery, but the rain didn't start until we were literally getting into the car after finishing our ice cream.  All in all, a very nice, restful day.

The garden maze

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