This is just a little nudge to all of you out there to shake off that winter torpor and head out into the sun while its warmth is inviting, and the temperatures are cool.
I was walking on Wickham Terrace and saw the park entrance. The day is glorious, the skies are blue, my time is my own, and so I wandered in, first taking in the Memorial Centre where I sat in quiet and respectful contemplation on one of the park benches. I watched three workers from the park, working hard at creating the wonderful images they have planned for us.
The Parklands in winter take on a whole different appearance. It is not the time for flowers and colourful displays. It is the way the teams in the Gardens use plants, green ones or otherwise, variegated varieties and even lowly grasses which have all been used to maximum effect to add colour, contrast and creativity in the Gardens during this time when flowers are not plentiful.
As I walked down the path, I saw a sight which is such a rarity in Queensland, a series of maple trees which have almost all lost their bright orange and red autumnal colours – a scene that transported me instantly back to cooler climes, a season admittedly I used to enjoy very much.
And then some overlarge and comfortable vegetables and fruits to take a seat on and enjoy the view – a view incidentally which reminds us that the CBD is literally a stone's throw, yet we are encircled by this lovely greenery and shaded canopy as if a million miles away from it all.
I walk on to see an interesting bed and a notice that it is planted with the cotton plant - and did you know it was related to the hibiscus family? I didnt. And for those of you who may not have seen a hibiscus in a while, here it is.
Turning right, I enter the Spectacle Garden and snake around the lovely path taking in the Brisbane natives, the rainforest plants, the Queensland flora and the beds of cabbages but not kings, bromeliads and amazingly coloured hedges. The waterfalls give the musical backdrop and sharply reflect the colours of the autumnal leaves that have fallen in.
So if you are working in the CBD, how lucky are you to be able to stroll up and enjoy lunch in the park. If you are a mum and the school holidays are coming up, look out for the programs that the park holds daily and if you are like me just strolling along, next time take a friend and enjoy the open skies, the excellent and hard work it takes whole teams to give us such a lovely magical haven in the city.