Every summer, from May to September the city of New Westminster trucks in an assortment of cute, little baby farm critters for the cute, little baby humans to meet. Baby humans who get really excited and vocal about the whole thing. Their squeals of delight can drown out the resident peacock and hen.
The variety seems a little thin this year but the teetering toddlers and their hovering parents didn't seem to mind or even notice.
Across a heaving and cracked parking lot, just around the corner from the Petting Farm/Zoo is the city's Rose Garden. Beautifully maintained and popular with the wedding crowd as a beautiful backdrop for their special day.
The morning I decided to pop in after work was just after a massive downpour the night before. I didn't know if any of the plants had survived. Most of the blooms did and beautifully. Standing proudly over blankets of dropped petals under every bush.