The English Woodland Garden–September

The leaves may not be changing color in the St. Louis area yet, but I can tell how different the light is as we approach fall just by looking at this month’s photo of the English Woodland Garden…it looks weird compared to every other photo I’ve taken this year!

2019 Japanese Festival

Yesterday we went to the St. Louis Greek Festival, but on Saturday, we were at the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden…Labor Day weekend is a good time for multi-cultural experiences in St. Louis!

This was the third time we attended the Japanese Festival, so we knew to look for some of our favorite performers, including the amezaiku artist and the top spinner:

We also got to watch an ice carver make a beautiful bird out of a huge block of ice:

There is always so much to see around the garden during the festival!

We didn’t have a full meal while we were there, but we did visit the food court, and shared some steamed pork and egg buns and sakura lemonade while walking around:

For the first time, we got to see a fashion and cosplay show…Kirby was definitely my favorite!

We also caught the parade, which seemed shorter this year.

But the biggest attraction was the sumo wrestlers. It’s been years since they had a sumo demonstration at the Japanese Festival, and we’ve never gotten to see anything like it before…it was really cool, and I’m so glad we were there!

This is definitely one of our favorite annual events in St. Louis!

The English Woodland Garden–August

Today’s visit to the Missouri Botanical Garden was in the late afternoon, instead of in the morning like usual, so the lighting in the English Woodland Garden was very different, and I really enjoyed seeing it from a different perspective!

The English Woodland Garden–July

We had to dodge the raindrops at the Missouri Botanical Garden this morning, but I wanted to make sure we made it to the English Woodland Garden before the excessive heat watch kicks in! I love how green everything is right now!

Kantorei Kamp Week 2019

This week was Kantorei Kamp week at Hope Lutheran Church in St. Louis! This time, only Ladybug and Moose were at camp, so Turkey, Bunny, Chickadee, and I had some adventures while they were making music. On Monday, we went to the St. Louis Zoo for a nice walk before it started raining (again), and then went for a treat at Ted Drewes, since the choristers went on an ice cream walk that day:

On Tuesday, we visited the Missouri Botanical Garden, and then joined the choristers for a swim at the YMCA:

We spent the day Wednesday with the choristers, first for their performance at Laclede Groves, and then to take in a performance of The Marriage of Figaro at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. It was the first time the Fab Five and I had ever seen an opera!

Today we went to the Butterfly House, and then back to Hope for an evening recital of vocal, instrumental, and handbell music!

Oh, the Fab Five and I also had a pizza picnic at Tower Grove Park for dinner:

Here’s a look at several of the pieces the choristers presented this year:

The choir not only has talented singers, but talented musicians, as well, and they joined together for a special arrangement of “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.”

They also did two just-for-fun pieces, which were very popular!

And just like that, another year of Kantorei Kamp is done. We’ve very blessed to be able to have our children be part of such great musical instruction!

The English Woodland Garden–June

You really have to know they’re there to find them, but this month’s photo of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s English Woodland Garden even contains a pair of mallard ducks!