Current Events, Special Days and Historic Anniversaries Brought to Life by Teddy Bears, Pandas and Other Cuddly Creatures


by Elspeth

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On 10th April Washington’s 3,000 cherry blossom trees reached their long-awaited peak bloom, a sign that an exceptionally chilly winter had finally come to an end.  On several occasions during the last few months, winter had covered the city with a blanket of snow (I si-296745.jpg_ihcm-40_iwcm-28.8_maxdim-500_experienced this for myself in the middle of February when the whole of DC ground to a halt one day because of a heavy fall which, although somewhat inconvenient, did have a positive side as the city was transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland.) which obviously delayed the time when the area round the Tidal Basin turned various shades of pink.

The cherry blossom season only lasts for a few days (rather like the giant panda’s breeding window) and, by 15th April, most of the trees had dropped nearly all their petals, the pink fluffy clouds, replaced with vibrant green leaves.

As you can see, even the cherry blossom in Dalbear Road had its peak bloom and two little pandas, one dressed in a pink sweatshirt and the other in a delicate pink kimono, representing America and Japan respectively,  thoroughly enjoyed the spectacular display.  I hope you did too!  

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