Spring outing

p3316800marchbankftf.jpgTuesday was one of those spring days that are just about perfect. You know what I mean? Sylvia didn’t have school that day, so we decided to celebrate the arrival of spring with a trip to Winterthur, a self-described “museum and country estate.” It was built by the DuPonts, and it’s a pretty amazing place. The house now houses a museum with several collections of the sorts of things that make the Antiques Roadshow hosts start to drool. I much prefer the grounds, which are a delight to explore in any season. On this visit, Sylvia and I got to see the March Bank covered with a carpet of periwinkles.

p3316826greenmanftf.jpgWhen we got on the open-air tram (Sylvia loves to ride it), the driver looked at us and said, “I bet I know where you’re going. The Enchanted Woods, right?” You bet. We call it “the fairy garden,” and it’s our favorite part of the entire estate.

As soon as we got there, Sylvia visited the Green Man, hopped on some stepping stones, and ran a labyrinth (so much for its meditative aspects!). We visited the fairy ring and the little (kid-sized!) thatched cottage and the giant bird’s nest and all of our other favorite spots.

After that, we just walked around and explored. We saw one of our old friends, a 250-year-old sycamore. By late morning we had shed our coats and by lunchtime the sun was warming up everything nicely. All told, we spent four hours there, finding signs of spring everywhere we went. All over the place are huge swaths of dark green, where daffodils are pushing through. I expect they’ll be blooming in a week or two. And we’ll probably go back to see them.










7 Responses to “Spring outing”

  1. Chrison 03 Apr 2009 at 8:29 am

    It looks like an amazing place! So jealous of the green and the flowers…

  2. Shannahon 03 Apr 2009 at 9:55 am

    I’m Chris! What an enchanting place.

    And I do LOVE Sylvia’s clothing!

  3. Shannahon 03 Apr 2009 at 9:55 am

    Correction: “I’m *with* Chris.” Jealous.

  4. Marshaon 06 Apr 2009 at 4:30 pm

    @Chris: You’ll get green up where you are soon enough. Just hold tight until then…
    @Shannah: She’s wearing a fleece poncho, a striped playdress, and a pinafore I knit for her a long time ago. The pinafore is not in the best shape–it was one of my earliest knitting projects and it has gotten lots of wear–but she loves it, so I can’t complain!

  5. Katie Jon 07 Apr 2009 at 12:27 am

    Wonderful pics. When we’re done with our Longwood membership, we must go to Winterthur.

  6. JDon 07 Apr 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Looks like an awesome day, with awesome pictures, too!

  7. jmdon 12 May 2009 at 6:50 pm

    At first, I thought this was my photo… but the shadows were wrong. We must have just missed each other. Notice the leaves at the base of the tree on the left and the leaf in the middle of the photo… we were standing in the same spot on the same day about two hours apart.