As I mentioned before, a bunch of movie stars have been in town over the last month to make an independent film. A local paper asked Colin Firth what he thought of the Bull City:
Firth, after looking up images of Durham on Google Maps, was not particularly excited about Durham as a destination but was happily surprised upon his arrival. "You go a mile in every direction and it's green paradise," he said. He's taken his family to the Nasher Museum, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens and Eno River State Park. "I feel strongly about how gorgeous it is here."Isn't that nice? In my personal experience, it's very rare for an Englishman to say that he feels strongly about anything. They usually maintain an air of polite aloofness even when pleasantly surprised. If an Englishman tells you that something was "rather nice" that is HIGH praise, people. So thanks for the enthusiastic response, Mr. Firth!
What he says is true. It's been gorgeous here lately. Like Mr. Firth, I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather a few days back & head out to Duke Gardens. I didn't have a lot of time, but I just had to find a few minutes to snap some photos at the height of Spring.
The oddest thing happened as I left the parking lot, Walking ahead of me was a woman playing a flute - yes, playing the flute as she walked - followed by a couple ladies carrying what appeared to be a wedding dress and a lime green bridesmaid dress festooned with rainbow fairy wings.
It was as if the Pied Piper was leading us into the garden. What a shame the ladies weren't wearing those fairy wings at the time. It would have been deliciously surreal.
I love this little cottage. They serve drinks and ice cream there during the summer months - a necessity during that steamy time of year.
And here's the real show-stopper in April: the wisteria arbor.