The past week has been abysmal; drizzle all day, downpours all night. Everything was grey and morose. But yesterday, the sun came out for the first time in days, and we needed to get out in it. Aching too much from an excruciatingly rewarding workout the evening before, we were too sore to even contemplate surfing, so, despite being out of season, we packed a picnic and went to the Botanical Gardens in Coffs.
Where we’d usually use the walking guide signs as challenges to beat rather than guidelines, we were instantly put off by the perimeter Creek Walk, and opted instead for the main attractions via the old-people-in-buggy-mobiles path. The 500m thoroughfare was enough for our legs- we were spent. Waddling around the gardens, encountering only the odd school trip and art group, was peaceful and serene. The gardens are free, and very well maintained. The signs are informative and there is wildlife everywhere. We even saw an eagle fly overhead with branches to build its nest.
Although it is probably a much prettier and more colourful affair in spring, the plants that were flowering gave us a great opportunity to play with our new camera! (Thanks Jason)