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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Melbourne Botanic gardens

My first day in Melbourne and the sun was shining brightly. It was warm but not hot. I took the free hop on, hop off tourist bus around the city to orientate myself. I don't think I've ever been to a city before where they have a free tourist bus. I decided to start the day at the Botanic gardens. Always love looking at gardens when I can.

Entrance to the childrens garden. Lots of animals to welcome them.

The garden of the craft cottage. Inside the cottage there were lots of examples of different crafts produced by groups that use the cottage. There was basket weaving, paper making, tapestry, knitting and so on.

 Embroidery and crochet.

A knitting scene inspired by the garden.

Lots of spring flowers bursting with colour in the flower beds.

Practising with the self-timer inside the pavilion.

 Next to the ornamental garden. After a number of attempts I actually managed to take a photo which included my head. Maybe it's just easier asking a passer-by to take my photo.

I left the gardens via the lych gate.

 On leaving the Botanic gardes you enter a small grotto. Quite a surprise. It used to be a quarry but now it is covered with ferns and shade loving plants.


  1. Beautiful gardens! I love those animals at the entrance to the children's garden, fun!

    And a FREE tourist bus?! Brilliant! :o)

  2. They look nice gardens I haven't been there. Good start to self timer shots

  3. I am scrolling through your posts and get more and more jalous !!


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