What an absolutely gorgeous winter's day it was in Melbourne today! Yes, we need rain desperately, but if we can't have that, then I'll gladly take a day like today - blue skies, warm sunshine and a light breeze.
On an impulse I wandered over to the Botanic Gardens with my newspaper and spent several hours in the sun reading it, listening to my iPod and people watching. lt felt like a luxury to be able to sit outside in winter...although I was swaddled in my doonaparka. (It was too warm for it today, but I love wearing it.)
The best thing about my visit to the gardens was seeing - and smelling - the imminent arrival of spring. Spring! My favourite season, tip-toeing slowly into town. As soon as I walked through the gates I could smell the sweet scent of flowers on the breeze. Flowers are blooming and buds are budding.
There were some cygnets on the ornamental lake, which is looking far healthier than it has in quite a while, I was pleased to see. I even saw some bees buzzing about.
At the risk of repeating myself...man, I love the gardens. They never fail to lift my spirits (not that they were low to begin with).
On the topic of flowers and glee, I was the lucky (and slightly red-faced) recipient of some red and white roses, delivered to my office yesterday. Squeeeeee! A girl can't get enough of that.