Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Sydney - The Royal Botanic Gardens.

My 5km ends just metres before the Gardens start. I am very sad to have lost access to this beautiful part of Sydney.



I miss the city.
So much.

Not just the shows and activities.

The city itself.


As I roamed around the gardens that last afternoon, I was flooded with memories. My wedding was there. My sister-in-law's anniversary party was there. I used to take the children to follow the path of Alexander's Outing as toddlers. We went to the outdoors Wind in the Willows a few times. All the visits for VIVID.


High tea in the Calyx and visiting all those lovely flower installations with friends.


Fun lunches with friends in Botanic House and even an Alice in Wonderland party. 

I am lucky to love where I live. 

I just wish I could make the most of it.

Stay home, get vaxxed and let's get some of the fun back!

Linking with #SharonsSouvenirs #OurWorldTuesday

34 comments:

  1. Beautiful. Most beautiful. I would love to see that in person.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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  2. ...a place that I would love to visit. I wish that it was closer! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.

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  3. I got my 2nd vaccination a couple of weeks ago, we're hoping to come out of lockdown today but most likely Auckland will stay under it for some time yet.

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  4. The views over Sydney are fabulous - and that famous opera house! We just have to hope that things return to some normal in the future.

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  5. I think my 5k ends in Barangaroo but I haven't been into the city for ages - I miss it too! Still knowing that we will be able to go back and that the city will be revitalised is definitely something to look forward to (and an incentive to get vaxxed!)

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  6. Beautiful photos. I really do hope things improve soon in Sydney. It is breaking my heart and I don't even live there. I can't bare to watch the press conferences anymore. I guess if one good thing can come of this it would be how much more we will appreciate things we once took for granted. Stay safe & well.

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  7. My home town is looking stunning in your photos and I am so sad for all that you are going through. It must seem endless for you so I'm sending best wishes and know that we are thinking of you all. My second vaccination is in two weeks although today I went for a COVID test. I have the symptoms but I know it is a cold. So different to life pre-covid when you had a cold or flu and knew that is what you had. Take care #lifethisweek

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    1. I hope for you it's negative - I'm sure it is. We had 73 cases in the suburb next to ours yesterday, so that's a worry. Only 1 in ours...but we're rabid testers now so hopefully that nips the spread in the bud...it's the aysymptomatic I worry about now (as in what if I have it and don't know, and keep going about my business - which is minimal but still...)

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  8. Your photos of the city and the gardens are lovely Lydia. I can only imagine how quiet and sad the city is and hope things improve for you soon. #lifethisweek

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  9. I am coming to you via Denyse Whelan's blog. What a gorgeous place, Lydia. Your pictures are lovely. I hope things get back to normal soon. Meanwhile if you'd love to share some of your pictures, Cee Neuner and I host a Photo Challenge called Photographing Public Art each Friday. It's a great way to relive your memories of beautiful places you've been. Here's a link to my page. https://alwayswrite.blog/photographing_public_art_challenge/

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  10. Crisp, clean, lovely shots!
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/08/smells-good-in-kitchen.html

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  11. I enjoyed the photos so beautiful and that lovely blue sky we don't see much blue sky in London heheh!

    Have a scenictastic week 👍

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  12. Our lockdowns never had curfews or distance limitations. How does it gets enforced?

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  13. Beautiful! Your stunning snapshots sure do the place justice. Must be so romantic, your wedding there!

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  14. What stunning gardens! How lovely to have been married there.

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  15. Gorgeous pics and a lovely place. I don't actually know Sydney well at all and any visiting have been fleeting. I think I did some touristy stuff once a couple of decades ago, but ever since just work trips so no touristing at all.

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  16. Oh gosh, it is a second home for you isnt it? I didn't spend a lot of time walking around the gardens. Usually it was a walk through to somewhere else. However, I can see why it is so very special to you. Magical city to live close by for you. Thanks for sharing the post for Life This Week. Loved reading yours. Next week's optional prompt is Self Care Stories. Hope to see you there too. Denyse

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  17. You've reminded me this is in my 5 km even if it does mean crossing the bridge to the other side. It's such a beautiful spot isn't it? We're so fortunate to have lots of them. I miss going into the city and the inner west as well, and well, just doing life! Let's hope we can get back soon. I keep following the vaccination stats daily and continue to remain hopeful! Hope you're safe!

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  18. These are some great scenes! What a great place to visit.

    Thanks for sharing your link at My Corner of the World this week!

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  20. Wow! Your City and country looks very beautiful.

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  21. Hi Lydia,
    My "5K" as you put it has been shrunk to our yard, at least until the quarantine period expires on my symptoms, so my world is kinda surreal right now. Until making friends via blogging, I'd not seen the kind of photos you've shared and now I hope someday to see Sydney myself. Thanks for the glimpse of your world.

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  22. Gorgeous pix! And yes, I really hope more people get vaxxed so we can get back to normal.

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  23. Easily my favourite part of Sydney & there is no better way to see it than in late winter when the sky is blue and the water looks as though diamonds have been scattered across the top.

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  24. Beautiful gardens and photos. Sending you my best wishes. Stay safe and strong. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  25. Many beautiful details in that garden. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  26. Have faith the 5km restriction will end. Stay safe

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    1. If I just had 6kms!!! Ha! It truly is the little things....

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  27. One of my favourite parts of Sydney, Lydia! Hang on in there, the vaccination numbers are on the increase!
    Thank you for taking part in the "My Sunday Best" meme.

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