On the Monday of my trial Staycation I enjoyed walks and bike rides around my neighborhood, then I tried two new activities and one old favorite:
- It was hot, but I rode my bike from the Winn Brook neighborhood past the Beech Street Center to Trapelo Road and checked out the gourmet food shop Art’s Specialities. I met the owner, Artur, who tempted me with their jugs of specialty vinegars and oils. He decanted some black walnut vinegar for me, which I look forward to drizzling on locally grown lettuce. I bought a bar of chocolate, some cranberry crackers for our family, and some Armenian string cheese, something I haven’t enjoyed in ages!
- I also really enjoyed discovering the evening class “Yoga Flow” at Groundwork Yoga and Wellness behind Studio Cinema on Trapelo Road. I followed their directions to the GPS location “12 Maple Street”. I took advantage of their $25 program for new customer to take unlimited classes for 2 weeks. I hadn’t done any yoga for over a year and it really felt good to challenge myself with some new sequences, ending with my own variation of the “Bird of Paradise” pose! I was curious to try the morning Hatha Yoga class some day, and I look forward to seeing Groundwork teachers lead a kids yoga class at the Staycation picnic on August 13.
- Finally, I stopped at Ranc’s for a micro cup of mocha chip frozen yogurt — yum! There were quite a few folks of all ages out on the sidewalk and sitting on the Fenway benches at 9:00 p.m, but the line was not as long as I’ve seen it in the past. Later in the week we went back for more!
As I was riding along, I met several neighbors. The young girls started planning how they would “Meet New Friends” for their passport. The dog-walker neighbor talked about seeing a young fawn and some wild turkeys hiking at Lone Tree Hill recently.
It was a fun day,
P.S. Here are two Staycation postcards from Irene Fairley, who enjoyed the beautiful insect visitors to her drought-resistant garden! Check the BCF Facebook page for more postcards, and post your own to be eligible for the Staycation Raffle prizes September 3.