If any of you find yourselves stuck in the Massachusetts suburbs, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society center at Elm Bank is a lovely place to visit. I should probably feel bad that I'm revealing my relative location on the internet, but I don't live close to Elm Bank, so I guess I feel better about that. The center is in Wellesley, Massachusetts full of gardens, statues, and paths to walk amongst. I absolutely love it so much that I got there pretty much every opportunity I can (whether it be for my sister's soccer games or to smoke a bowl with friends), no matter what the season. However, in the winter, it's a dread to trek up to. The place itself consists of many fields and gardens, so in winter, these are lacking. In late spring and summer, and even in early fall, it's absolutely heavenly up there. There are flowers blossoming everywhere, butterflies fluttering about, and so much to see. I must admit I rarely go on hikes on their paths, but that's only because whenever I go up there, it's usually a spur of the moment type activity, so I won't be much help on hiking feedback. However, Elm Bank is more than thirty acres, so there is a lot to see.
|Some of the statues in the gardens.|
|I found this picture of the original manor house c. the mid 1800's.|
|Here's another picture of the manor house in it's prime, picture taken c. early 1900's.|
|The manor house in the summer, not my picture.|
|My ridiculous face (look how red my nose is, it was freezing!) as I sit in front of the house.|
ANYWAYS, getting somewhat more "on topic," just looking at such an old building like that makes me wonder what took place in there before Elm Bank was turned into a reservation-type area. All of the people who used to live there, attend parties there (the people who lived in the manor supposedly threw many parties during their days), and just graze around the area. A sense of nostalgia for a time I was never even alive rushes over me when I look at buildings like the manor house, and I wish I could catch a glimpse into the past. It's absolutely lovely at the Elm Bank manor, and it's definitely a must-see for lovers of abandoned buildings like myself.
|We left our mark, oops.|
|Me standing on a fallen tree over one of the body of water surrounding some of the land at Elm Bank.|
On to the next topic. I turn sixteen in two days, so of course there's one thing on my mind: cars. Everyone around me is getting either their permits or licenses, and then.. there's me. Having a late in the school year birthday definitely has its advantages, but car-wise, it has many disadvantages. I've been saving up plenty of money, so I decided to look for a car. However, it's hard to find one with a decent pricetag, milage, and overall look. I've always wanted an older-looking car, so this task proved especially difficult for me. When my uncle showed off his brand new BMW I knew it was time to wow my relatives with a car, so I took a step forward and started to look for one myself.
|My uncle's brand new BMW.|
|I sent a picture of myself inside it to my boyfriend as a joke, |
claiming my family bought me this as an early birthday present.
He was not amused.
He test drove it, but apparently it was "not good enough" for me. So we moved on. Next was a $4,200 Volvo that we passed downtown. I liked how dated the car looked, but it didn't have great milage, so we moved on.
My dad told me on Friday that he was going up to New Hampshire to look for cars, and that if he found one, he'd bring it back (and I'd pay, of course). When I was at work, he surprised me and drove through the drive-thru in this baby.
It's a 2004 Chrysler Sebring, and although I won't reveal how much milage it has or how much I paid for it, we got an amazing deal. I already named it Lucy, and she's my baby. Although I don't have my permit yet because Massachusetts requires you to be sixteen years old exactly in order to do so, I test drove it the other day through cemeteries, parking lots, and little-used roads around my neighborhood. I've never driven with other cars before, so it freaked me out when there were people behind me on the road! God, it sounds so crazy to me to know that if all goes according to plan, I'll have my license in November. Insane, isn't it? Anyway, that's all for now, I hope you all enjoyed this little check-in on my life. Until next time, I'm Sam, and have a wonderful day (and a wonderful amount of time until my next post)!