Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Winter - an un-poem

I love Winter.

Winter sun
I go outside

and craft a fairy house.

Then go walking in my NEW SHOES! (Thanks Marianne)

Winter rain

I can stay warm and snug indoors

 And maybe knit something

Yes, it's my favourite season - then again I do love Spring, 
and Autumn
and sometimes Summer.................

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A winter's garden - royal botanical gardens

 Warning - this is a photo and link heavy post.

Last Saturday I had a bad case of cabin fever.  The best remedy for that was to be somewhere outdoors and pretty.
It was overcast but I felt that the rain would hold off  - it did.
Mare and Foal by artist Arthur Jacques LeDuc. (link in French, sorry couldn't find English version)

What better place to be than in a beautiful garden - perfect remedy for four-wall-fever.

The Royal Botanical Gardens are in the area originally inhabited by the Cadigal people.  After European settlement the first European farm plot in Sydney (and Australia really) was established there in 1788.  The farm failed and then the Botanic Gardens were established by Governor Macquarie in 1816.

Spoooky and abandoned looking Victoria Lodge
In 1862 to 1883 the gardens held Sydney's first zoo, which was then transferred to another location.
The gardens are home to thousands of flying foxes which apparently have become a problem as they are thought to be responsible for killing dozens of trees.  In 2011, a Federal Court ruling gave the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust permission to play recorded sounds in an attempt to drive the bats from the gardens. 
 I'm not sure if the plan succeeded, but I didn't see any flying foxes on this visit. 
The Wall Walk - my favourite part of the garden - comes alive with colour in Spring.  

Little buds getting ready for Spring

I was oddly reminded of Triffids.
In some areas the only sound I heard was the wind and a ferry horn.

I was amused by this cheeky little fellow

And was rather taken by these ummm dolphins? on a statue of a Governor whose name escapes me....
Cool Aboriginal art - but unfortunately I realised it was late and was hurrying back to the car - so didn't stop to read the plaque.

A peaceful scene.

 I had a lovely day in my Winter garden.  Was very refreshed upon returning home (though my feet were a little sore.......................)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Out and about in China Town

The one thing I truly love about this city is the freedom of expression one has when deciding what to wear.
Where else can an older gentleman dress up in a Sailor Moon costume and feel completely at ease as he hits the town?
Photo taken by Hubby in China Town.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Shopping on ice?

During the semester break our local mall has put up a temporary ice rink.  Not quite of the caliber of the rink in front of the Hotel De Ville, but still a lot of fun for the kiddies (and some of us older folk).  I must admit I had a new respect for Eric who sometimes waits for ages for the perfect shot.  I thought my hands were going to freeze off while trying to get a photo where no kid's faces were showing (even then I had to pixelate a couple of faces to be sure).

This is the first time that I've seen something like this in our area for the Winter holidays.  I don't know if the Northern Beaches have caught the Winter Wonderland bug from Bondi , or if this is just something to give exhausted parents a rest (it's situated right next to a coffee lounge - perfect).  Either way it was a good and relatively cheap way to amuse the ankle biters for half an hour.