Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Sydney - Botanical Gardens

The other day it was just too nice to go to the gym, so I went for a walk at lunchtime instead. What can be hard to believe when you are surrounded by high rise buildings in the centre of Sydney is that there are acres of trees and gardens nearby - the Botanical Gardens.

How big is that tree?!

It took me about 15 minutes to reach the closest gate and step inside the gardens (entry is free). Immediately I could feel my spirits lifting as I moved into the shade of an enormous fig tree. There are indigenous plant areas, rose gardens, herb gardens, Chinese gardens, ponds and fountains, reached through beautiful avenues of trees. Rolling green lawns all sport "Please walk on the grass" signs, and are populated with tourists, schoolkids and suits picnicking, socialising or quietly reading a book.

I was listening to a dramatised audio book on my mp3 player (The Chronicles of Narnia. I've got the lot and am working my way through them - I think I was listening to Prince Caspian that day) and I let my feet take me where they fancied.

I meandered along in a general downhill direction until I reached the sea (the gardens are on the edge of a bit of Sydney Harbour) then headed back towards the city. It was glorious and I could have relaxed under a tree for the rest of the day! Sadly I had to go back into an air conditioned office, but it had been a lovely break.

These are "flying foxes" - big ginger fruit bats - which hang out in many of the trees of the gardens.

1 comment:

Suzanne said...

That's so pretty, in the midst of the city. Ironically enough, we're watching the Chronicles of Narnia DVD.