Thursday, June 17, 2010

Doin' the Papyrus Poke

To steal a line from Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that kids will gravitate to water like bees to honey when you don't want them to get wet, but will scream bloody murder and fight like the Dickens (pun intended) when it's time to take a bath.

The Huntington Library's Children's Garden is a virtual pot of honey. Fortunately Christie and Mike are well aware of its lure so they come with a change of cloths for Evie whenever we visit. This trip was no exception.

Do not be fooled by the delicate stance and the use of a Papyrus stalk to poke the fountain: Evie is thoroughly wet at this point and only got wetter. But she had a blast and that is the ultimate point, after all.

For those who have never been to the Huntington, it is well worth the time and money. It is one of those neat places where I always find something to photograph every time we go. More of those shots later.

And the formal tea in the Rose Garden Tea Room is the best around. It is a very civilized way to spend a beautiful afternoon. Between the art, the gardens, the food and the company, you can't go wrong.


  1. Awesome shot!! How DO you get Evie to sit through tea???

    Miss you both! xoxox, bren

  2. Most of the time she's really good - especially if you let her eat the small scones the Huntington provides. She becomes more fussy if you want her to eat some of the sandwiches to keep the sugar high at a dull roar. She obviously find healthy food not as tasty. There were a couple of time outs during the meal.

    We miss you guys, too. I have some photos to send you that you'll like!