We love to see the neighborhoods in the cities we visit. Today started with a visit the U of A campus and some surrounding neighborhoods. The campus is a bit of an oasis--more grass and shade than I've seen in one place since we left Arkansas. The neighborhoods we sought out nearby were made up of 1920's bungalows and cottages which were for the most part, campus rentals. Kind of like the OSU area east of High Street, only adobe.
Our next stop was much more satisfying, The Mini Time Machine museum of miniatures. It was founded by Patricia Arnell as a way to share her own vast collection of miniatures with the world. Thank goodness for people who share their passions, no matter how esoteric. I have a fascination with small things, so this was a must-see for me. Much of the exhibit is a variation on dollhouses. But there are also things like Waterford crystal pieces replicated in 1/12 their original size, and miniature violins that actually can be played. You will also see Doug in the midst of a room full of Christmas themed displays, including a close up of Santa and his elves in their workshop; a couple of rooms in a witches' house; a house where the couple had vastly different tastes, Native American (upstairs) and Traditional (downstairs); and closeups of a few amazing doll house rooms. Here is a taste of what's on display:
Ann, Doug, Moose, Darla, Sunny, and with gratitude, Winnie and Chinny.