This weekend was no exception, we packed a picnic lunch and headed off to discover 2 of the 3 botanical gardens that we are lucky enough to have here in the Ville. First stop was the Queens Gardens in the heart of Townsville City to get some inspiration for our next project - our rather large landscaping task. It sits at the foot of Castle Hill with the 'Saint' having a perfect view down through the 4 hectares of cool tropical colonial gardens. For more information visit the city council website here
*apologies for the not-so-crash pictures, they were all taken on my camera phone this week..my bad
Castle Hill is more than just a pink rock...to us it means we're 'home'
In our picnic area the grass was covered in these bright pink blooms, like a carpet, the picture doesn't do it justice at all
The white and pink blossoms on the trees were just divine
The rose garden was Poppy's favourite, she went back twice to smell the roses
The fragrance on this one was beautiful.
The fowl houses in the gardens were a nice surprise, especially the peacocks and cockatoo's
This little fella had our two in stitches saying hello and whistling at us.
I loved this... like a giant spider plant
The gardens are just beautiful and surprisingly cool even though it was 27C today
By the time we left, all the clouds that were in the sky at the start (see top pic) were gone and it was back to that bright blue tropical sky we know and love here in North Queensland.
Next we jumped in the car and headed out to the Palmetum, we had one main reason to come here...to see the turtles. When we were in America we had told the girls all about the palm gardens and the turtles that live there under the bridge. We hoped they would still be there, it has been years since we had visited. They were still there but only a few and unfortunately we didn't manage to get any pictures..
As we walked through the gardens you could hear the huge bat colony that have taken up residence in the enormous trees covering the gardens
The size of the palm fronds on this plant were unbelievable
I love this picture..the palm and fern shadows that pave your way through the gardens
When we got home Sasha immediately scurried off to her art and crafts cave under the house. She was punching heart shaped holes in blades of grass, to make some kind of natural/modern art collage...gee that kid's creative mind astounds me at times
So that's it, our Sunday in a slideshow. I am hoping to have the master bath post up and running by the end of the week so until then... so long!