We all had a quiet 4th of July, the way we like it. Sasha has always had real problems with thunder/fireworks (the reason she was released from Guiding Eyes for the Blind all those years ago), so we didn't want to leave her alone while we went to watch the 4th of July displays. Not much of a sacrifice really. Dave grilled some delicious shrimp and then we settled down for the evening.
It was hot and very windy last night so we had the windows closed, air conditioning running, and the tv on. It must have been enough insulation from the banging outside because she slept soundly in front of "her" fan all evening. What an exciting couple we are!
Today, while our searching for somewhere to buy rhubarb (someone's traditional birthday pie) we came upon an unusual and fragrant local attraction. A rose garden.
A rose garden planted and cared for by inmates in the Jefferson County Jail.
|no...this is not an inmate|
A rose garden on the site of a former landfill.
A rose garden with over 400 varieties
Hmmmmm, I seem to have only taken pictures of pink varieties, I wonder what that means..... Perhaps it was the black sky and rumbling thunder that caused me to only really linger in one area, the pink section, before hi tailing it back to the jeep. There were whites, and pale yellows. Deep crimson, neon yellow, pale lilac and salmon. Red stripes, yellow stripes, most any color a rose comes in was represented.
Sadly, it seems there must be a waning interest in maintaining this garden. Maybe there are no more inmates in the jail? Budget constraints perhaps?
Weeds are taking over the rose beds and prickers are invading the stone walkways. The grass needs mowing badly, and the edging is....well not edging anymore. Too bad because these roses are growing valiantly despite their recent neglect. Maybe the rose inmates have been reassigned, released, escaped?
This afternoon we enjoyed the traditional 4th of July meal of hot dogs and macaroni salad with Jesse and Erin at their house in Denver and right now, Dave is happily watching the rain delayed NASCAR race on network tv. Since we don't have cable or satellite tv he hasn't been able to see a race in quite awhile, so its a good end to a good day.
Tomorrow Beluga gets her chipped windshield repaired, oh goody!