Monday, March 24, 2014

Things have gotten turned upside down!

Hello all - you may have noticed I've been a little bit vacant from the world of blogging for a bit. The truth of the matter is, my brother has had an accident which had lead to him ending up in the hospital, the time frame of how long he will be in the hospital is currently unknown. He lives up north in Hamilton, fortunately I also lived in Hamilton for the better part of eight years and whilst I was here I made some pretty wonderful friends, who are more than happy to have me stay with them as long as is needed. So right now, my whole life is operating out of Hamilton. I will be going back to work tomorrow in my organisations Hamilton office, but I will be heading up to the hospital after work each day. My plan at this stage is to return to Wellington this coming Saturday, lets hope it all works out.

I'm trying to make the best of a bad situation, spending time with old friends in my old city, but I would be lying if I said it wasn't tough right now - because it is.

However, there are some good times - like last Saturday we took my brother to the Hamilton Botanical Gardens. The gardens were always one of my favourite things about the city, I decided to take a few pictures to share with the world. In some ways they are a standard city botanical gardens, however, they do have an area of "themed" gardens which are just incredible.

First up in the Japanese Garden - complete with zen garden, haiku and coy carp.




My favourite garden is the Chinese garden, although it was super busy on the day we went, it really is a lovely calm place.








Next up is the American Modernist garden, only a few photos, as it was modernist - not too much to take photos of when its all clean lines. Also, its not really my favourite garden - sorry American Modernist Garden.

Since I last lived in Hamilton a new garden has been built, the Indian Garden and it sure is beautiful. I could easily spend plenty of time hanging out here (plus imagine the great photo shoots you could have).





Last, but not least is the Italian Renaissance Garden, for some reason I feel like this was the first of these themed gardens. However, I could totally be making that up. It is a really beautiful spot - I've seen a lot of wedding parties having photos taken here over my years of living in Hamilton - you guys can see why right?








Well its time for me to head up to the hospital - I hope to see you all in the blog-o-sphere sooner rather than later. But will have to take it one day at a time right now, hope to be back soon (and also hopefully I can catch up on my blog reading).

16 comments:

Penny-Rose said...

So sorry to read about your brother, but it is good that you can be with him and visit. It sounds like your work is understanding if you are able to work out of another office. I hope that things aren't too stressful. The gardens are beautiful - I especially like the chinese one. take care.

Louise said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. I can't imagine what you must be going through, but I hope he gets better really soon. It's amazing that you're still going in to work; it must be so hard for you to be away from him and to concentrate on it. Sending hugs and positive vibes your way. Take care xx

JuanitaTortilla said...

Oh no. I was wondering what you were up to, being away from Wellington. Hope things get better and everyone gets out of this tough situation sooner than later.

Lara Lizard said...

Oh, I'm sorry about what happened to your bro! I hope things will be good, soon!
Glad you can enjoy nice things anyway - that is a beautiful garden :)

Nikki said...

Hope you come back soon, we miss you! Those gardens look amazing. It really looks like you're in Italy with the sun shining like that and the blue skies.

pastcaring said...

Oh dear, Trees, I am so sorry to hear about your brother's accident. I hope he gets better and is out of hospital soon. Meanwhile, Hamilton's Botanical Gardens look glorious. What a beautiful place, and loving that sunshine.
Lovely pic of you too! Take care. xxx

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Oh T...I'd been wondering why you were spending time in Hamiltron. I hope your bro is going to be okay? He's blessed to have a caring sister like you. Keep us posted. Xx

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Oh T...I'd been wondering why you were spending time in Hamiltron. I hope your bro is going to be okay? He's blessed to have a caring sister like you. Keep us posted. Xx

Wait Until The Sunset said...

Sending healing vibes to your brother, hope the family is okay!

Side note, lovely garden! xx

Beth Waltz said...

Those gardens are lovely! It's good that you have such a refuge while you're going through this difficult time with your brother. And how wonderful that he's been able to get out to enjoy it with you -- something pleasant to talk about is especially precious at these times.

bohemian vanity said...

I'M sorry to hear about your brother, i hope he will be fine soon! All the best, fingers crossed!
The Indian garden is my fave, it looks stunning! What a lovely pic of you!
XX Tani

Vix said...

I was wondering where you were. I'm so sorry to hear about your brother's accident. Sending him lots of get well wishes and positive vibes for a speedy recovery and a return to home soon. Glad Hamilton's got some beautiufl places for you to chill out in. xxxx

alicia said...

was that a turtle dragon??? can i just live in the botanical gardens? love youuuuuu! <3

Helga! said...

So sorry to hear about your brother, I guess the plus side is quality time spent together. Hope he comes right soon, and how wonderful to have you with him, helping in his recovery.
XXX

Kura Carpenter said...

Thank goodness for wonderful friends. Hang in there

Krista Gassib said...

I have been so caught up in my own situation with my Dad I had no idea about your brother, I'm really sorry Trees. What a loving sweet sis you are to be by his side. Taking him out to this beautiful place I'm sure lifted his spirits. It's really beautiful as is the picture of your gorgeous face. Take care sweetie.
Lots of hugs~
Krista