We are basically getting ready for our trip on Friday to the Blue Mountains (just west of Sydney) so it’s been a ‘stay close to home and do laundry’ day really. Big thanks to Lori and Lynda for that!! So, it was spider day. Not real spiders or I would, of course, have nothing to do with it, but it’s in Lori’s big book of things so we had to cross him off the list. It’s essentially a gigantic redback spider that is crawling over a dunny. This is ironic for a couple of reasons 1) redback spiders are actually very small, and 2) 80% of reported spider bites happened when someone was out in the dunny. Uhhh, another thing that separates us from animals (right after shoes); indoor plumbing. Take this time to thank the God of Indoor Plumbing for bestowing us with such luxury. Spiders are bad enough, but I certainly wouldn’t want to come close to death with a redback sticking in fangs in my ass. Frig that. The spider and his dunny are located at a local garden centre called Redback Landscaping. There’s a test later btw.
After the spider we took a trip to Jurassic Park (as Lori calls it), more commonly known as the Botanical Gardens. We briefly walked through this on one of the earlier ‘orientation’ days but I wanted to go back as they were so lovely! I’ve never IN MY LIFE seen poinsettias growing OUT OF THE GROUND. In greenhouses yes, in pots yes, never in a garden. This was the southern hemisphere equivalent to Lori being freaked out that everyone in Canada has Christmas trees growing on their lawns, well not everyone but you know what I mean – we have forests of them, literally. So at said Botanical Gardens we met up with a bunch of lizards – Eastern Water Dragons technically. One of them “charged” Lori…she isn’t fond of reptiles of any kind – much like my spider hatred. So our leisurely walk through gorgeous gardens was happening while Lori was at Defcon 5 Lizard Watch. At one point we were sitting on a bench, and I pointed and gasped as I saw what looked exactly like a robin, but it was all grey with a yellow beak. Pretty cool I thought, until Lori jumped out of her skin yelling “WHAT?! WHAT?!”. Probably not a good idea to get overly exited about birds during a Defcon 5 event. My bad Lori….
Aside from mini dinosaurs and grey robins, I saw lots of huge bamboo which was so fascinating, and lots of other tropical plants that we buy from Ikea and put on our dining tables or in the dark corners of rooms to brighten them up. I love bamboo, and now that I’ve sat in a mini forest of them, I can assure you they make the nicest sound in the breeze, with the rustling leaves and the bamboo stalks clacking together. Very cool.
After the gardens was some urban shopping at the Queen Street Mall – it’s on Queen Street – keep it simple!! And we strolled along the Brisbane Arcade – not a gaming arcade, but a row of shops that were simply too expensive to even go in. I did see a very nice 20,000 solitaire diamond ring though, perhaps Scott can bring me back for our 10th anniversary?
High: the botanical gardens – it was a perfect day!
Low: freaking Lori out unnecessarily by pointing at birds.
WOD: jumbuck. a sheep (heard it in Waltzing Matilda – I could create MANY MORE Wod’s from that song…)