At the end of July, I had the unexpected opportunity to visit Beaverton, OR. I accompanied my mother to visit her ailing sister. What a surprise to find a beautiful rose garden just minutes from our hotel!
The International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park, a multi-level spread of color, captivated me (and my camera) despite the 90+ degree heat.
It was a bit too hot for my mother, but she found a nice bench!
You’d think that roses would be nothing much to look at in the heat of mid-summer, their best days behind them. But what a treat we found! I’m sure you’ll agree. And can you imagine the splendor of this place in the spring? It might be worth another visit, if it weren’t for the 6-hour plane ride. 🙂
This weekend I watched as my nephew was awarded his 4th black belt. Extraordinary! Part of the ceremony included a loved one helping to tie the new belt. A mother’s hands are ordinary and extraordinary at the same time: