Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens

It was Mother's day on Sunday and I was very lucky to receive a lovely handprinted keyring from Isla and a salt dough thumb print from Evie.... oh and a delicious chocolate cake that they all 'secretly' baked. We went for a drive to the hinterland and visited Montville, a small town with quaint buildings and interesting shops such as the cuckoo clock shop. We found the Montville play park, and spent a very long time there.


A Hibiscus/Cotton Harlequin Bug/Stink Bug, a type of Jewel Bug:



There are lots of trees flowering at the moment.
Golden penda:


Melaleuca:


A walk along the beach was nice on a cloudy day!
Glory Lily:





On Tuesday we visited Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, about 40 mins away from where we live. It was brilliant! It was a bit like an Aussie Stourhead/Westonbirt Arboretum/Marks Hall Gardens all rolled into one. But with the added danger of looking out for snakes and mozzies.

There was bushland for seeing some different native birds, and a children's area for balancing and climbing, as well as a sculpture garden where Evie could scoot.













Isla enjoyed a trip to the beach after school:



Bunnings is a big chain of hardware and garden stores that they have here. It is like B&Q. They have a soft play section and tiny trolleys for the kiddies:


When the Melaleuca (paperbark) trees were flowering behind our house, we had loads of lorikeets chirping and flying about. It was a bit like living in an aviary. The trees aren't flowering so much now but there are still lots of beautiful rainbow lorikeets about.

Evie had a brilliant swimming lesson this week! She was photographed along with her two little friends to be in the newspaper and website promoting the aquatic centre:

 A painting of Daddy, her favourite subject: