The past couple of weeks have been hectic. We had end of third term school holidays while Mitchell was away setting up another event, which meant it was up to me to keep our daughter entertained. We had lots of fun with sleep overs, trips to the water park and late afternoon walks along the beach. We caught up on some much-needed shopping….”Haven’t you stopped growing yet?!” 🙂 and went to the movies.
My parents came to visit for a few days during the second week of the holidays, and my daughter and I had a great time catching up with friends we haven’t seen for over a year. Its been busy – so busy, I think I could put a swarm of bees to shame! So when Mitchell came home it was a relief. There are times when it really doesn’t bother me to be on my own, but there are also times when it is great to have someone to lean on. It was a long 2 and a 1/2 weeks.
So while we were in the city yesterday we took the opportunity to walk around Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens. Just the two of us… strolling around, breathing in the scented flowers and listening to the birds in the trees, it was wonderful. It was a bit like reacquainting ourselves….2 and a half weeks is a long time. I was joking around one day and said “Who are you?…you look familiar…” 🙂 One thing is for sure, I didn’t miss his dirty socks on the floor, leaving his coffee cups around the house.
So yesterday was like time out. No kids, no family, just Mitch and I walking hand in hand around the beautifully landscaped gardens. The sun was out, no clouds in the sky, we couldn’t have asked for a better day. The last time Mitch and I visited Fitzroy Gardens the girls were young. Our eldest daughter Caitlin would have been in grade 5, maybe grade 6 and our youngest daughter Rachael would have been in Prep. It has been a while. Cooks Cottage was smaller than I remembered. It’s amazing to think the house was pulled apart brick by brick, freighted from the UK to Melbourne and rebuilt. The doorways were so narrow, either Captain Cook was very short or Australians in general are very tall.
The pathways around Fitzroy Gardens are beautiful. The garden beds were so well maintained, the small creek was tranquil and the sunlight breaking through the tree branches created a peaceful mood. The gardens are rather big. Next Spring we will come back, and when we do we will bring a picnic basket. I will also wear something more comfortable on my feet. There are lots of sculptures and fountains around the park, you may need to visit the information centre near Captain Cooks Cottage for a map.
The Conservatory is lovely, inside is a little pond, foot bridge and lots of butterflies 🙂 I have no idea what all the kinds of plants and flowers were but they smelled and looked beautiful. When we finished looking around inside the building we noticed a few weddings parties nearby. I had a bit of a ‘nosey’ getting amongst on-lookers, checking out the couples. The dresses were simply breathtaking. I was going to follow them around but Mitch accused me of being a stalker. I don’t stalk people, I just wanted to make sure the couples didn’t get lost in the park…..aha…. yeh…… 😦
So after we had strolled from one end of Fitzroy gardens to the other, we found our way back to the car and headed back home. Our little trip to Fitzroy Gardens in the city was just what we needed. Some time together, no rush, no interruptions, just Mitch and I spending some quality time together. I can’t recommend it enough. Next time your stressed out, take your partner by the hand and visit your local community park and gardens. Grab a coffee, a blanket and just chill out under a tree. No kids, just the two of you. We love our kids very much, but sometimes its nice to be on our own. The dirty socks will still be there 🙂 it’s about enjoying the moment, and spending some romantic time with your loved one.
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