Among the several conversations that take place at our home is one speaks to the question, "What are we going to do about our backyard?" It is a small fenced in space with a few trees and other greenery. Following a trip last October, in which my grandson and I visited Conservation Station, I came home thinking how I could turn the area into a backyard habitat. We already have a visits from squirrels, a great assortment of birds, and the pesky ground moles - why not enhance our little patch of land for their enjoyment and the enjoyment of other creatures who wish to stop by. Not the ground moles of course. Those guys have got to move on.
My wife fancies the idea of a somewhat "whimsical" approach to the space. Let's hang things from the fence, from the trees and place interesting pieces of objects de arte at various places. It is this thought, and an interesting one it is, that leads me to this weeks poll winner.
The International Flower and Garden Festival offers an amazing variety of ideas for any one's outdoor living space; be it large or small. It has been a few years since I have been able to attend the Festival (a situation I plan to correct in '11), but when I am there, I love exploring Future World and World Showcase for those items and ideas the "spark the imagination". And over several visits I have found a good number of ideas that I would like to employ in our back yard. Ideas, some of which, would no doubt land us in trouble with the neighborhood association. But I am drawing very close to pushing the envelop on this.
The voting broke down like this and, it was a fairly close race until the final days. Of the 15 votes cast the International Flower and Garden Festival received 8 votes, or 53%. The International Food and Wine Festival tallied 5 votes (33%) and the Holidays Around the World garnered 2 votes (13%).
I found this to be an exceptionally hard choice to make. I enjoy the variety of flavors that the Food and Wine Festival offer and the opportunity to learn of the various Christmas traditions experienced is very enjoyable. But, not to be missed, is the Candlelight Processional. My personal opinion, and it is one shared by a few readers, is that the Candlelight Processional is Disney at its best. It is perhaps one of the finest live events produced in any of the Florida parks. And yes, I often get emotional during it.
Now, on to this weeks poll. We'll take a monorail back to the TTC and make our way into the Magic Kingdom for our next question, which is, "Of these two, which is your favorite special event in the Magic Kingdom?" The choices are: Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
So while you are here, just over to the right margin and cast your vote. And, feel free to leave a comment telling us why you voted the way you did. In fact, if you have a poll question you'd like to ask, let me know. I'd be happy to include it on an upcoming edition of And The Survey Says.
More to follow...