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Monday, November 13, 2017

Walking and Rocking the Sydney Botanical Gardens

We’ve had a pretty easy time dealing with this particular time change. We’re 8 hours ahead of home, but we adjusted by 3 of those hours in Las Vegas, and the rest of it boiled down to what our bodies interpreted as a reall, really, really long night, followed by a day during which we were just very tired, but on a relatively normal schedule.

Ever since then, it’s seemed pretty normal to be in this time zone, although we have been waking up pretty early - 5:00am or 5:30.

A coffee in the room with a shot of Jamie makes that a nice relaxing time, though. I guess we are letting Vegas mode continue on a little bit too much.

Once we were ready to roll, we head out and had some breakfast, and then walked north again, but this time through the top of St. James park, and then over to the Sydney Poontanical Botanical Gardens.

We had bought tickets ahead for the Opera House thing and we had plenty of time before we had to be there, so we took our time strolling along.

The Gardens are amazing (although not as wonderful as Maple Leaf Gardens), and they were especially nice, I imagine, because it is the beginning of spring here.

I wonder how feasible it would be to have spring and summer in Flusherville, and the snowbird here for six months and have spring and summer again?

Being a Junior Botanist, I was readily able to identify a number of the trees' species, (some native to the area, some not) including their latin names.

There were Old Trees, Very Old Trees, and ReallyFuckingOld Trees.

I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.
Any great city needs a great park. It’s the soul of the city that lets it breathe, gives it respite, reminds it that our nature is not to dwell in regular geometrically-based  buildings made of unforgiving, hard materials.

"I don't want - anybody else.
When I think about you, I touch myself.
Ooh, I don't want anybody else
Oh noy, oh noy, oh noy"
Innappropriate Divinyls Lyrics Foundation

Sydney has an outstanding gift in the form of this greenspace, and many’s the business person who can be seen stretched out on the grass for a nap, just a stone’s throw from the frenetic bustle of commerce.

People use the Gardens in all kinds of ways. Some are tourists, some are locals, resting, meeting friends, or engaging in an impromptu game of footie.

Possible the best photo of pick-up Footie I've ever taken.

We had had some great views of the Opera House from the water, and this time we saw it from the other side, where the access is. It’s just as stunning.

Shout out to B.R. for pointing out some Important Visual Information. Thanks.

    1 comment:

    1. The Australian parks are well-used and maintained, and just lovely, aren't they? We went to one in Perth that could have been this one's twin...including the business people lunching/napping metres from their office buildings.

      Head's up...(and hope you guys don't actually need it)...after meeting all of the 'new to me' species of trees and flowers in DownUnderLand....I developed seasonal allergies for the first time in my life. Many, many antihistamines began with what I thought was a toothache, far from home. Family recognized my symptoms and got me to a Chemist's that Arvo, and within an hour I was good. Now, even the pollen here bothers me after 65 years allergy free...


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