“Seated here in contemplations lost, my thought discovers vaster space beyond, supernal silence and unfathomed peace.”
The brother was home this past weekend. While we always find a craft beer or two during a visit, those visits always come with walking. Walking a county or state trail, walking downtown Appleton after a meal, walking in brewery tour, or walking through botanical gardens. (Someone has a hard time sitting for too long.)
This past Saturday, we made the drive to Olbrich Gardens in Madison as part of the weekend walking tour. The botanical garden was born in 1952, named after Michael Olbrich, who purchased and donated 3,500 feet of Lake Monona shoreline to the City of Madison in 1921. We had not been to the gardens since our dear father was alive, probably ten years or more, so it was time. The day was hot and humid, but we both found pleasure walking in the shaded areas and finding late summer color among the flowers (we knew there would be a thirst-quenching beer later).
I was extremely enamored with the benches that were placed in many areas of the garden – among the flowers, along the paths, holding court for brick and mortar. So pretty! I love to sit on benches and stare into space or contemplate what is not lost. It was a bit too warm on Saturday to sit for too long, but I can look at these photos now, in the cool of the A/C, and find unfathomed peace.
The Craft Beer
(Sorry, no photos were taken to protect the identity of the hops.)
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