After the insanity of the last semester, particularly the last month, I decided to spend my first Summer Friday of the year just relaxing. After a morning of putting the house back in some semblance of order, I grabbed a book, some water, and headed to the New York Botanical Garden for an entire afternoon.
I had a lovely lunch al fresco at the Cafe, got a bit of sunburn on my neck, enjoyed the wi-fi, and was serenaded by birds while I people watched. Then I headed over to the Conservatory to check out the Monet's Garden exhibition. (So many people, even on a Friday afternoon. Can't wait to come back later in the season to see what the water lilies look like in the pond. But still lovely.)
Frankly, I didn't even care that a cloud cover had rolled in earlier in the afternoon, nor the little drops of rain, or the breezes. I found a bench off the walkway near the Ladies' Border, discovered the Concord Grape vines, kicked off my shoes, pulled on a wrap, and read my book. It was so good to unwind and perfect.
Can't wait to go back soon. My bag is ready to grab and go.
Enjoy some of these highlights from the day.