My true love and I went on a little adventure today, and there is footage! We visited the Garden in the Woods, a lovely wildflower garden in Framingham, Massachusetts, run by the New England Wild Flower Society.
So many beautiful flowers!
So many turtles in the lily pond! (Click to enlarge.)
Oh, but really, the flowers!
Oh, the flowers!
And there's shopping. The New England Wild Flower Society propagates native plants. The gift shop has all kinds of tempting tchotchkes -- wind chimes, jewelry, amazing books that are only tchotchkes when you have as many still unread books lying about the house as we do -- but also a beautiful selection of native plants nurtured by the Society which you can buy and plant in your own garden. Most are quite reasonably priced, but there were some surprises.
These diminutive lady slippers (local native orchids), for example, cost $55.00 each, because having been cultivated from seed, not collected from the wild, each little plant took years to reach this size. Once you plant them in your yard or habitat, they will flourish with little care (though they will not proliferate quickly), yet coaxing them this far into adulthood -- in captivity, as it were -- takes quite a bit of time and effort.
Okay, but I promised you movies. They're short, and they were taken by my true love in order to show my spectacular prosthetist Bob how I am using my new leg out in the world.
The first shows me just walking down a gentle slope.
The second shows me walking down a very steep slope. Bear in mind that the dirt is covered with gravel, some loose, some imbedded.
Garden in the Woods is not exactly accessible to wheelchair users unless you bring along Sven your muscular manservant to keep control of your chair on steep, gravel-dusted slopes like this. (I did discover later that "cart tours," rides around the park in a covered golf-cart type of thing, are available for people with mobility issues; call in advance to arrange.) However, I saw many other people walking around on alternative equipment or with various aids (including canes, crutches, and supportive arms of friends and family), and there were many, many strollers.
However you do it, this is a place you will want to go through slowly. Otherwise you might miss something.