20.09.2014 - 20.09.2014 20 °C
After a few necessary chores we all caught the bus from Queanbeyan to Canberra’s quite famous Floriade festival. As the name implies it is Canberra’s attempt at answering some of the great flower shows around the world. The short walk from the bus stop to the grounds, we joined the gathering thousands also on their way to catch a glimpse of this month-long event.
One great plus is that there was no entry fee! As Canberra region bus services offer a $2.50 per day price anywhere on their local network this exercise was always going to be a bargain!
There were massive beds of flowers, mainly pansies and tulips, in colourful array. The theme was based on ‘passion’ so some flower displays featured ‘love hearts’ while others continued with variations on this theme. We took a number of photos although some of the pansies in particular looked a bit ‘droopy’. Maybe it was the relatively warm sunny day that had that effect, I’m not sure. Certainly there were many large garden displays offering a range of colours for keen photographers. For us we felt that the display was probably not as good as the Toowoomba Flower Show.
A small section of the park was dedicated to retail opportunities with healthy stuff, Cancer Society products, some gardening hoses of the very expensive variety, and soaps (for smelling nice after your gardening in the sunshine, and delicious fudges to energise one for more gardening efforts! I can vouch for the mint chocolate fudge however, the other items I left alone!
Our highlight for the day was to finally meet up with our friends from PNG days (decades ago) for a lunch in town. At the due time Mary & I waited adjacent to the ‘Big Wheel’ (that’s the one that goes round and round vertically) but eventually found out that we should have been a short distance away at the ‘Big Wheel’, the one that goes round and round horizontally! These senior’s moments just add to life’s challenges and diversity.
We walked toward the shopping precinct and soon met up and headed to have a lunch and long chat, catching up on family, mutual friends and the other important things in life.
We were then invited for a drive to see a few of Canberra’s sights and enjoyed the Embassy suburb, a view of Canberra from a nearby mountain lookout and finally a nice coffee at a private club before we were delivered back to our van park in Queanbeyan – tired but happy.
A few quick chores before dark and a meal before a quiet read, after fixing an oversight on my itinerary plan.