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Sunday, March 1, 2015

the Devonian Gardens in downtown Calgary







Yesterday we took the C Train to downtown Calgary.  It's a place we didn't get to last summer when we were there and we thought a visit to the Devonian Gardens would be nice on a cold winter day.  These gardens make up the top floor of The Core Downtown Centre, a 5 story building with shopping  on the bottom four levels.  It was warm and humid and just a lovely break from the cold.



The huge lights on the ceiling provide artificial sunlight for all the trees and plants growing there.

People were enjoying visits, playing cards and reading in this area.


These ladies were enjoying a game of cards and brought their lunch with them too.




The roots and trunk of one of the trees.


A family jam.  :)

The climbing wall in the playground.  Ewan and Eli had fun here of course.  Liam was with us too but slept most of the time in the stroller.

I thought this frosted glass floor very interesting.  Maybe you've seen them before but I haven't.  It was so cool to see just the feet walking across it.

The glass ceiling over the mall.  It's a really beautiful building.

This is looking out the window at the food court onto Stephen Ave.  The sculpture looks like something out of Star Wars doesn't it?  I will share more photos soon of our walk along Stephen Ave. It was very cold with the wind whistling down the street and I would definitely come back for a summer visit.  Taking the C Train is such a convenient way to get into the city core from the suburbs.

I know you want to see a photo of the baby, right?  Liam turned 6 months old yesterday and we took some photos today.

He's not sitting on his own yet.  He has started on solids this past week and loves food!  Isn't he adorable?

Grampie reading to Ewan and Eli.  :)

We only have two more full days here before we fly home again.  It will be difficult to leave our dear family once again.  And.  We have to go home to a world full of snow!  I've been spoiled the past few days.  I'll post again after we get home.

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

Blessings,
Pam



33 comments:

  1. It looks like you are having a fabulous time with your family. Be safe traveling. Sorry you are coming home to a snowy landscape. Carol

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  2. What little darlings - all three! Liam looks so happy! Enjoy your last few days. The days here have warmed up a bit, but the nights are still pretty chilly. It's to warm up as the week goes on though.

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  3. Oh, Liam was napping; I thought he was taking the pictures! What a fun outing for you all. A little warmth and light makes a huge difference. The family is looking so very fine. The boys are darling.

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  4. sweet boys. :) nice gardens, too.

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  5. Liam does look happy!

    What a lovely interior to that place.

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  6. What a happy visit you've had. The trees are so unusual and beautiful. I know you'll hate to go back home after so much fun. Take care and have a good week! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  7. I'm sure you tucked away lots of precious memories!

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  8. Neat concept...a garden at the top of a commercial complex. Sweet baby...and bros! Enjoy your remaining time with your family in Calgary!

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  9. A charming post - so many things to see and do with the boys.

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  10. that frosted walk is so cool. Liam is adorable. what a great time you are having.

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  11. A great place to visit. I am glad that you have had such a wonderful time visiting!! xx

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  12. You have such a sweet family!
    That looks an interesting place to visit... precious memories to all the family members.
    Have a safe journey back home & Happy March!

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  13. beautiful grands. Garden was terrific too :)

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  14. The boys are adorable Pam, so glad you got to visit with them once again. The gardens were such a lovely place to visit. Enjoy the rest of your visit and store up lots of wonderful memories.

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  15. What beautiful photos as always ... you take the best pictures Pamela. I can only imagine how wonderful it must have felt to be walking through such a beautiful garden at this time of year...and oh what sweet photos of your family and I especially love the one of grampy reading a story.

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  16. More happy times with your family, Pam! The flowers and all are lovely of course, but the family jam and Grampie reading to the little one are especially adorable!

    Karen

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  17. Awesome pictures, and such cute babies! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Oh what a fun day there you all had . lovely place and photos ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  19. Looks like such a cool place to go with a family!!!

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  20. I'm glad your trip is going well, beautiful garden pics but the ones of the grands are the best. Liam is as cute as can be!

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  21. Liam is adorable! So wonderful to visit family. : )

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  22. That's a gorgeous place! A nice distraction from winter! Liam is a cutie!

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  23. I really enjoyed seeing your photos from your trip to the Gardens. It looks like a fabulous place! Your grands look so cute, the baby is a doll! I know you will be sad to leave them. Have a safe trip home!

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  24. Thanks for sharing your family time! Love all the pictures.

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  25. What a lovely place...such gorgeous plants and trees. I imagine it was quite a treat, not only being with family which goes without saying, but being in that warmth! Great pics of your family...Liam is just darling. It's always hard to leave them, isn't it?

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  26. Wonderful, wonderful! Such a beautiful baby! Such fun spending time with those adorable boys... and reading to them, always my favourite thing to do with children.
    Enjoy the rest of your holiday :)

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  27. Love the photo of the boys so engrossed in whatever Grampie is reading! The sculptures outside the window are kinda weird. (but I'm sure they mean something wonderful to someone, lol)

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  28. Aw, Liam is such a cute and bright-eyed little guy! A day at those gardens sounds like just the medicine we all need during this never-ending, snowy winter! So glad you had the opportunity to go there.

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  29. Those pink flowers (?) look fantastic - do you know what they are? I love their bold color. I also like the glass ceiling over the mall. Liam is a real cutie, I bet he wraps everybody around his little finger.

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  30. Hi Pam, what sweet little boys you have there - baby Liam is just adorable, too! I'll bet they are keeping you both very busy and very happy! The indoor gardens are wonderful and what a nice place to spend a cold winter day. I have never been to Calgary, but my Mr. used to go all the time for business. Wish he took me...I did get to go to Vancouver a few times, though. I know it will be hard to leave your sweet family but you will have wonderful memories and so will they. Hugs xo Karen

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  31. That place looks pretty good. Indoor planting can be wonderful and this looks like it's been done really well. Though I can't see the link to Devon... And I'm afraid that lovely piano wouldn't last long in the UK before someone damaged it in some way - perhaps I'm too cynical. What a great idea though. The young lad looks like a bonny chap - spending time with family is so precious - enjoy!

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  32. Looks like a wonderful secret garden, Pamela! I have never been to any Canadian city other than Toronto but hope to travel to Montreal maybe this year?! Calgary sounds great and love seeing the pics of your adorable and beautiful grandsons. They are precious!
    Enjoy your time with them. So special.
    xoxox
    Alison

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  33. Calgary looks like a beautiful city Pam - interesting modern architecture.
    Oh the joy for you spending time your your grandies - so precious I know.
    The Devonian gardens are lovely, the pink water lilies are a real stand out.
    Public spaces are a form of art today - it's happening on our side of the world too.
    Shane x

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