hoyt arboretum

As part of our shiny new 2013 Schedule™, we've been setting aside time for us to (GASP) actually get out of the studio/apartment and enjoy the beautiful part of planet Earth that we inhabit. A crazy idea, we know - but if we've learned one thing in our first full year since opening, is the importance of balancing Work and Not Work. Plus, there are so many things to do outdoors around here that we have to take advantage of!

Anyway, one of our outings last week took us to

Hoyt Arboretum

, just west of downtown Portland, in Washington Park. You really don't have to go very far around here to find yourself in the midst of some serious Nature. It's amazing how you can be literally minutes from the center of a major city and be completely surrounded by huge trees, seemingly completely on your own. We seem to have this feeling a lot around the city (maybe it's just the New Yorkers in us), but it's definitely the case here. We spent about an hour walking and only saw one or two other people the whole time.

We did a nice loop connecting a few of the park's trails, one of which going down through the collection of magnolias. Obviously we were a little early to see them blooming, but not by much - a few of the trees had pretty big buds on them. Not bad, you know, for the first week of February.

There was a "winter garden" as well, which was great. The winters are beautiful around here since everything is so green - I love seeing the trees covered in moss and lichen.

In other news, today we printed several pieces of two new wedding suites - can't wait to share them! They'll be posted later this week (watch this space). Until then ~