A lovely day outside!
After all the heavy rain we’ve had lately it was fabulous to wake up to a sunshiny morning on Sunday.
The local Tumbarumba Spring Flower Festival is always on the last weekend in October and usually it’s a lovely time of year, with spring colour and new growth on display.
We’ve had so much rain lately and everything is green, but a fierce storm the night before the flower festival nearly ruined everyone’s great efforts in getting their gardens ready.
What more could you ask for – a scarecrow competition, a photo display, a flower show plus workshops and open gardens to explore – following Covid safe guidelines of course.
The local Garden Club run the Flower Festival and the volunteers do a magnificent job. Each garden costs $5 to enter but you can buy a wristband for $25 which allows you entry to all gardens and displays over the entire weekend – great value! As is the case in small communities there were lots of local businesses sponsoring the event and each Open Garden venue has their own charity for funds to be directed to.
The list of gardens and venues reads like this:
- Berry Farm
- Elm Cottage
- Gone Barny Garden
- Brumby’s Ridge
- Rob-Lyn Lee
- Owl Place
- Flower Show
- Art & Photography
- Touch of Rust
My mum came to visit for the day and we had a lovely time wandering around gardens, chatting to friends and enjoying the spring sunshine after the rain. We couldn’t visit them all but we thoroughly enjoyed the ones we did get to see – the colours, the joy of the owners in sharing their gardens and stories with us and the spring sunshine with the cloudless blue sky above us.
Everyone was outside!
The best thing about visiting gardens? We were outside. Numbers were counted so there weren’t too many people mingling and we all signed in and used hand sanitiser regularly.
Everywhere we went, people were courteous and friendly.
And happy – did I mention everyone was smiling?
Mum, having just moved to this area, was able to get some ideas on what will grow well in this climate and the friendliness of everyone made her even more pleased at having made the big move south.
She is known for her love of a big cup of tea so when we found this teacup pot plant holder, we couldn’t help but have some fun with it!
I’m going to stand outside, so if anybody asks for me, I’m outstanding.
When things go pear shaped…..
Have a great week ahead and thanks to Denyse for another great #lifethisweek prompt -outside. Have you been outside enjoying spring weather lately? Let me know what you’ve been up to.
Oh and I must say I was inspired afterwards – I got out and weeded my garden for a few hours and if you know me at all, you know this is a HUGE achievement. I also planted sunflower seeds (which is a story for another day). Suffice to say, I’m definitely not the gardener in my family!!! So go me 🙂
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