I spent a couple of hours this morning arguing politics on the internet, and I just spent a couple of hours now arguing politics on the internet, but in between had quite a relaxed, lovely day.
Sam had a football game, but we didn’t get there until about 5 minutes before the end. The scoreboard said 5-0 but we had no idea who was ahead. They looked pretty evenly matched to me. Sam’s team got a goal in the final seconds, we saw the score change to 5-1, and that was that.
Helena and I had planned a walk in the park, but Sam wanted to go hang out with his friends. That actually made things a lot easier. The park is Pruhonice, in the town of Pruhonice, and we try to go there once a year, around this time.
They have a castle, which I suspect was just built as part of the park/botanical garden. It’s a bit on the small side, as castles go, and a little bit too perfect. Sort of like the Princess’ castle at Disneyland. The park is a series of ponds and streams, with flowers galore. The specialty is rhododendrons, and if you can catch it at the peak time, which we never seem to, it is spectacular.
As we entered, in the yard in front of the castle, they were in bloom and I said “Ah, this year we’ve hit it just right” but that did not prove to be the case. Several of the bushes at higher elevations, along the crest of the hill, were in bloom, but those at lower elevations, in the shadows, had not bloomed yet. Indirect sunlight.
It was still very pretty. We walked around for a bit over an hour, sat by a waterfall and drank from the stream.
Then we had lunch at an outdoor cafe just outside the park. Fried cheese and french fries for me, with a ginger flavored house lemonade. Ginger is one of those flavors that you have to get just right. Not too little, not too much. They did a good job. Helena had gnocchi with chicken and a creamy spinach sauce. I rated it excellent, she wasn’t quite so impressed
Then we got a bit lost walking back to the car, but that was O.K. The local residents,it seems, take their town’s reputation as a city of flowers seriously, and we saw some very nice gardens.
There’s no real point to any of this. It was just a nice day.