Sweet “Home” Alabama

Mr. S has been spending lots of time lately just a few hours away from home in Alabama for work. We planned that I’d visit him this weekend to help with a work-related commitment.

This week, thinking I was still days away from seeing his handsome face, I looked up from my sanding work in Dad’s garage, and there he was! He stood there with flowers and a broad grin. What a fantastic surprise!

After a couple of much-needed days at home together, we headed to Birmingham. He told me Saturday would include a mystery activity I was sure to enjoy, and to pack clothes comfortable for doing lots of walking outside.

After a delicious breakfast (an avocado-and-egg-white sandwich and black coffee), we headed off to his surprise destination; the Birmingham Zoo!

We were greeted by the sight of many fire trucks and clearly-happy first responders taking relaxed strolls around the grounds. We soon learned that we were there for Birmingham Fire and Rescue’s annual Family Day, and knew we’d be super safe in the event of an emergency. IMG_2460Our excited faces as we reached our destination.IMG_2461The hot, humid weather seemed to fit the lush, tropical scenery. I confess that I clapped my hands and jumped a little at the sight of the lovely birds.  IMG_2464 Clearly relaxed and sure of her position at the top of the food chain. IMG_2462    Look closely and you’ll see a HUGE komodo (just compare it to the little one’s feet)!IMG_2492IMG_2465Nothing like a black bear lounging in a pool to brighten your day. IMG_2463IMG_2495These two pecked at each other and fought over the nectar. Later, one flew on my shoulder and tickled my head. No manners at all. 🙂

I couldn’t help but feel awe at the incredible variety of creatures in our lovely world. I was also happy to have the opportunity to thank a Vietnam Veteran we encountered by chance just in time on this Memorial Day weekend.

Next, we visited the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, a fabulous stop, admission free! We began with its gorgeous gift shop, and Mr. S spoiled me with a few indulgences.

It offered a mix of unique home wares, garden accessories, and potted plants.

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I went home with a gorgeous mirror, lush baby’s tears, a sweet pot for our new plant, and more.

Next, we explored the garden grounds. I don’t have to write much (these gardens speak for themselves), but I’ll say that I cried (happy tears) as I viewed one area set up for a wedding, a wooden cross with roses making an informal altar.

IMG_2486 IMG_2485 IMG_2484 IMG_2483 IMG_2482 IMG_2481IMG_2479 IMG_2478 IMG_2459If you’re a nature lover or gardener, you must  visit of you travel through the area. Though they certainly worked hard to make the gardens accessible, I wouldn’t recommend it to the very old, the very young, or those with limited mobility. Many steep hills and miles and miles of trails make the gardens a little overwhelming (in a good way).

IMG_2488Lastly, we stopped by a local boutique called Dande Lion. I may have gone home with a total splurge. I loved the shop’s sweet owner and was so happy we had the opportunity to meet her.

IMG_2489Can you guess which pillow came home with us? 🙂

 After our adventures, I met a couple of the admirable men with whom Mr. S works, made a quick Anthropologie stop, and enjoyed a delicious dinner (with chocolate cheesecake).

I’m so thankful we had the opportunity to spend a day enjoying new sights and each other’s company. Memories with my best bud. What more could I ask for?

Thanks for stopping by and sharing in these little delights with me.

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