Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

A little bit of Christmas


A friend and I got to visit the Meijer Sculpture Garden this week. The conservatory building was all decked out for Christmas, which is why we planned our visit.

There’s been lots of expansion to the building since I was there, notably a huge room with giant marble sculptures of faces on all four walls.

But the main attraction were the Christmas trees, each decorated as they might be countries from around the world.

They were all beautiful, and it was so much fun to stop and examine them.

All those trees, lined up or tucked into corners sure got me into the holiday spirit!

And then we wandered in the desert room, filled with catus and seasonal poinsettias…

…and the tropical room filled with jungle plants and more poinsettias….

…and watched a model train wander through a village filled with iconic Grand Rapids buildings made out of natural materials…

…surrounded by more poinsettias.

We even spent some time trying to figure out a couple of art installations.

Even after reading the notes on the wall we didn’t really get it. But it was fun trying.

We stopped at the gift shop, where I stared at a bag of marbles for a long time, remembering all the games we used to play back a few decades when I was in grade school. I still like the way marbles feel, and almost bought this bag, just for fun.

But I didn’t. We bought lunch instead and then headed home, taking the back roads the better to find some barns. Of course we found one…


..or two…

…or three.

So fun!

Thanks, Linda, for driving us around on our latest adventure. Let’s schedule the next one soon!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

14 thoughts on “A little bit of Christmas

  1. Yes please, schedule your next drive soon! This was fantastic. I’d love to see Christmas trees from around the world. I hadn’t thought of that … I will look online to see if there is such a thing hereabouts. That spider was weird. The barns are extraordinary! Yes, buy yourself a bag of marbles … and don’t lose them! ha! 🙂


  2. I love the cute Dutch shoes ornament! Fun post ❤️


  3. So many pretty things to see! And that tropical room looks WARM. I bet that felt good.


  4. What a great day you had! The room with the wall of faces–wow!


  5. Oh what fun! The cactus room stole my heart… the Christmas trees were beautiful and the barns were so wonderful! A fabulous day was had…
    Thank you for sharing.


  6. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing.


  7. What a wonderful way to wile away the day! Lovely exhibition and barns – who doesn’t love barns?


  8. Such a fun day! I love the Christmas trees and all the poinsettias. Abandoned houses, especially those with barns, intrigue me. I like to wander through them and imagine where their owners went and what kind of lives they had.


  9. I’d love to see all those Christmas trees. The forestry department at the University of New Brunswick used to do a fund raiser where companies or organizations would decorate a tree and you could go vote in them. The barns are nice too.


  10. You pack so much into a day!!!


  11. Fun post! Awesome ornaments!


  12. That was fun thank you!


  13. Super fun post! Especially all the barns!!! ❤️


  14. What a great trek! I remember going to an exhibit of “around-the-world” Christmas trees a long time ago and found them fascinating. I love the poinsettia room … and the train! Your barns are awesome, too — something restful about a barn in winter.


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