Tuesday I drove down to Chris's apartment and have been there since. He had told me that Saturday he had signed up to volunteer for a couple of things at the National Cathedral's annual Flower Market and I was welcome to come along. So I did because he had said that various embassies in DC create elaborate floral displays and I thought it would be nice to see those. Also, if it's nice weather, it's pleasant strolling around in their lovely gardens and I could visit all the various vendor tents.
So, off we went. We had a bite of breakfast in the cafe there and wished it was not quite so cold and rainy. I had only packed a sweater that I use when the weather is cool so I didn't plan on being outside for long. But I had my book and I-pad so that was all right.
Got inside and started our tour around the displays which were in the colonnades that run along each side of the nave and after the second or third one I - like an idiot - was moving on to the next one while looking back to say something to Chris and fell down two stairs. Apparently, I hadn't remembered that the colonnades are two steps up from the floor of the nave. It was quite a tumble and I immediately thought "I sprained my ankle again, darn it!" because it was very painful. But with some assistance I managed to get myself upright and said to Chris "if I managed to walk around Florence for three weeks after spraining my ankle, I can manage to see the rest of the displays" and so, hanging on to his arm and wincing all the way, we did see all the displays and they were pretty spectacular. I thought I would be able to remember which countries did each display but I was wrong and there was no guide to bring home so very few of these photos will be identified. Maybe when Chris reads the post, he'll be able to come up with a couple more ID's. But here are the pictures that Chris kindly took for me since I was kind of beyond picture taking after the fall. I've left them in medium size but if you want to see them bigger, just click on them.
But the rest of the pictures below are all from the Thailand display. It was gorgeous and also mind-boggling. These are all carved fruits - melons, etc., and gourds or squashes (I remember there was a pumpkin sculpture.) And the carver sat there carving which was a nice touch, I thought.
So that was all wonderful to see but by the end of it, I was pretty much finished and my foot was swelling so Chris got me to the docents' room, a policeman (who had joined the group who gathered when I fell) came to make a report and see if there was anything he could do and I asked about some kind of ice pack and he got me one of those, I got my legs up on the sofa, got my book and a glass of water handy, can't remember if anyone had any pills handy, and settled in until it was time to leave. In addition to feeling sorry for myself, I felt so bad for Chris because he had taken Thursday and Friday off in the upcoming week and now was going to have this hobbling mother on his hands. I had planned to go home following that 4-day weekend with him but now wasn't real sure what the situation would be by then.
I'll be posting again because I finally got myself to an urgent care center on Monday and also, we've managed to do several enjoyable things since then. So, here ends Part 1 and you'll find Part 2 by scrolling down to the next post. :)