In this post I ask: “If you are greeted by an open Neomarica on Easter morning, can the rest of the day be anything less than special?“
You are looking at a member of the Iris famiIy, commonly referred to as an Apostle Plant. This unusual perennial sprouts long, sword-shaped leaves, one next to another, in fan-like formation. After 12 leaves appear, a flower stalk emerges from the apex of a center leaf, revealing the fragrant bloom you see here!
As Scandinavian legend has it, the 12 leaves represent the Apostles, with Jesus rising in stunning glory from their center! Such a portentous way to begin what Maggie and I later described as one of our BEST Easters ever! ➡ Were the boys able to share the fun (and sun!) with us, we’d have dubbed it “a perfect 10!!”
It all started with Brunch at the Disney Resort here in town:
The entrance above leads to the resort’s lobby. When standing on the veranda you can look across the winding pathway to a grass bocce ball field, beyond which is the beach. Oh look! There’s my mother and her husband!
And here’s a better glimpse of the path we strolled before entering the dining area:
I was so thrilled with the seating! Our table overlooked the above walkway and the ocean beyond the palms! Really though, our undivided attention was on the ultra lavish buffet!
Because it was Disney, I expected their typical excellence, but the selection of foods far exceeded what we’d anticipated! In addition to roastbeef and ham carving stations, there was a full seafood buffet with huge king crablegs (with nutcrackers, thank God!) supersized peel and eat marinated shrimp, crab-stuffed fillet of sole, several seafood and pasta dishes, as well as the most perfect salmon fillets I’d ever seen served alongside tortellini! And let’s not forget the eggs benedict, omelettes made to order, waffles in the shape of Mickey Mouse, a ridiculous amount of varied fancy pastries, and many different fruit and vegetable offerings. Included with each meal was either a mimosa or bloody mary, but I opted for coffee and water. Right as we were ordering our drinks, my daughter and her boyfriend arrived. Our party of 5 was now complete!!! Although I took this next picture after brunch, I’ll insert it now to show how lovely she looked in her Mad Men inspired Easter dress: 🙂
Between the main course and dessert (we forced ourselves, HA! ) Seamus took a very nice photo of my mother and me:
Dessert was pretty amazing: 6 different types of pie, carrot cake, red velvet cake, brownies, chocolate covered strawberries and totally over the top, this last one: soft serve ice cream sundaes!!! Now don’t laugh 🙂 despite eating waaaayyyy too much, we paid the bill, and had the nerve to PUT ON OUR BATHING SUITS and spend the rest of the afternoon here:
Well, let me amend that a bit: my mother has too much class to don a swimsuit after a heavy meal. 😉 They said their farewells and left us to our own devices.
Right now I’m looking at the last picture I took yesterday and thinking about the question I posed at the beginning of this entry. “If you are greeted by an open Neomarica on Easter morning, can the rest of the day be anything less than special?” Needless to say, that answer is a huge, resounding NO! 😆
Until next time….. 🙂