Monday, September 16, 2019

A Conservatory Tour PhotoJournal - Longwood Gardens

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At long last, and about a month after our vacation, I am sharing the last batch of the photos! Our final conservatory visit of the Summer of Kennady was Longwood Gardens. There is a large and beautiful glasshouse conservatory at Longwood, but so much more. We had a friend of Kennady's join us, and we went a bit later in the day so we could stay for the light show in the evening.

The theme of the vacation was conservatories, so we did go to the glasshouses first.






The conservatory boasts a library and a small ballroom as well, and is home to a very impressive custom pipe organ. We took the 'backstage' tour to see the pipes and learn a bit about the organ and how it works.


All the pipes are in sealed, climate controlled chambers. You can see that one of those chambers holds a grand piano, and yes the pipes and stops are connected to the grand piano!


The courtyard in the center of the glasshouses has several ponds full of water lilies and other water plants.








Orchids and tropicals, of course!






This is part of the children's garden in the conservatory.


It was a hot, humid day, so we appreciated the opportunities to sit and enjoy a bit of shade. The many water features also helped to refresh.




The hubster and I did not climb the tower, but Kennady and William did. We decided we would just enjoy the medieval looking feature from a distance.



The Italian garden is one of my favorite spots. 









The staff got started lighting all the luminaries about an hour before sundown - looks like a huge job!


And we settled down to await sundown and the lighted fountain show.




And before we left, we went back to the water lily gardens to see the night blooming lilies. My photos aren't great, and of course they don't capture the fragrance.


I hope you've enjoyed the little glimpses of our conservatory tours!

  

   

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Homeschool Highlights - College and Co-op Week Two

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This week's news  . . . we enjoyed a low key weekend, mostly staying at home. But on Sunday afternoon I did spend some time at the Back To Homeschool picnic hosted by our homeschool fellowship group.




Oh! And I got to pick up our 2018-2019 yearbook too!



Week Two of college and work was at least as hectic as Week One, I think. We're figuring out how best to work out ride-sharing on most days. This week I needed to get the car serviced and run some errands so I gave Kennady a ride to the college and then picked her up afterwards. It wasn't our favorite way of doing it, but it worked, so we can do that when necessary. And we tried having her drop me off at co-op and pick me up afterwards on Thursday. We'll probably change that up from week to week depending on the situation. And now she is back to work but on Fridays, so we have to figure out a workable ride-share set-up for one more day each week!

Tuesday was a fun day because my chorus rehearsals started up, and Kennady has been looking forward to joining! She sings soprano and I sing alto, so we sit basically on opposite corners of the rehearsal room, but it's still something we can do together and I'm pleasantly surprised at how enthusiastic she is about singing with what we've jokingly called the "old people choir"! (There really is a mix of ages in the choir, but there are more older than younger.)


On Wednesday we had our kickoff for youth and children's programs at church. For the first time, we have NO youth OR children in our family! There is a college age young adult group though, which my kids all attend, so we all went to kickoff. Landon and his girlfriend will both be leaders in the children's program, so that's pretty exciting.

Kennady got some exciting news this week - she is the recipient of a music scholarship at the college, so we plan to attend the college music festival this weekend that serves as a fundraiser for that scholarship. Our understanding is that they will announce her as the scholarship winner, or maybe even present it to her, so that's very cool!

Reader Favorites . . . some of the most read posts here on Homeschool Coffee Break over the past month or so - thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing!

I started doing a Reading List post every other week that shares some of the interesting articles and blogs I've found. The most read so far has been this one: Coffee Break Reading List (July 22. 2019)



Homeschool Highlights - The Week With Conservatories



How Do You Keep Homeschool Stuff Organized?

How Do You Keep Homeschool Stuff Organized? Part of the How Do You Homeschool series on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Getting Ready to Write at the College Level (A Homeschool Coffee Break Review)



On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:


Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week I finished and reviewed The Butterfly Recluse by Therese Heckencamp, and I've been reading:

A parting shot . . . Books. I love books. And I know I need to pare down the collection, but it's hard to do.





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