Friday, 13 September 2013

A day out at the local gardens and zoo

The sun is shining and a cool breeze is keeping it cool enough for walking so Barb and I are setting off to check out the local gardens at Auburn, it's a lovely place and they have a small zoo and the gardens are full of peacocks that wonder around free but she hasn't been in ten years so she will notice many changes..
It's about a 3 k's to the gardens but there is a bus so we sat on the bus stop for a hour waiting no bus arrived so we started walking.

Barb has had a operation on her eyes so the are very sensitive to the sun so this is her solution until she gets new glasses rather cute.
We arrived in time for lunch but the little cafe that was there is now a art gallery and they told us there was a tennis club around the corner so we headed off. 
Lunch was pretty good and to join cost $2.20 cheaper than the bus fare so I joined up.

The gardens were free today and not many people were there, no one on the gate, they have just finished The Cherry Blossem Festival ant they have a lot of visitors at that time.


Lots of waterfalls and cool areas to sit and relax.
This little fellow came up to say hello.





Not sure what this is, it's in the Japanese gardens.
This was the only water bird that came close, he wondered up sit down and posed for his picture he is a beautiful fellow.
Most of the times I have been up here there is something going on, there was a photo shoot and this peacock wanted to get into the action, the model in the blue wig just moved over and let him have his moment in the spotlight.  


All the peacocks just wonder around free and I was surprised how many there were.
The pop in to visit the wallabies.
Sit on the fences at the mini zoo.
The little albino wallaby was a favourite.
This fine fellow let me get pretty close but he wouldn't open his tail.




They rock wallabies are so sweet.
This one has a joey in the pouch you can just see a little leg sticking out.


The kangaroos are relaxing, the day was warm enough for a nana nap.
And a drink


This is the entrance gate and nobody was any where around the peacocks had been out walking and were just coming back maybe they went to the club for afternoon tea.




We were thinking about going on the free bus but trouble was it only runs on Thursday it was Wednesday so a pretty long wait.

This is selfie

Another go not too good at this.

There is a  small area across the road where there are large cages of birds.












Only one peacock here maybe he was injured or didn't like people as he was the only one in a cage.
Here we have some shots of the Japanese area.




The clothes for the photo shoot, I thought it was someones washing.






Well thats it, it getting late and we have a long walk home they changed the bus route a few weeks ago we just found out, but no one  has put up a notice in the bus shelters.

41 comments:

  1. I didn't know you were friends with sweet Barb :) She is such a dear and you are you Merle! Great pictures and the day looks like so much fun.

    Hugs to you!

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    1. Barb and I have been friends for about 42 years, we do sound old.
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  2. Oh my, what a gorgeous outing you had! The little Wallaby's are adorable! I'm not sure what a Wallaby is but they look like little Kangaroo's to me!

    My ex-husband is Armenian and they believe that when a Peacock opens its tail feathers in front of you, it's bad luck...I personally think it's one of the most beautiful displays you can witness!

    Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my blog, they are so appreciated:) Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

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    1. Wallabies are small kangaroos but they are much cuter and more timid so in the wild you don't see them often and some are endangered.
      The male peacock has a truly beautiful tail I always heard they were good luck so there you go different areas have different ideas.
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  3. What a lovely stroll Merle for both of you! Thanks for sharing merle and I hope Barb is recovering swiftly! Without eyes, we are lost!
    The artist in you shows through the peacock shots!! An albino kangaroo is a first for me!
    And I learn something new yet again thanks to Victoria!
    Blessings Dear,

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    1. The albino wallaby was a first for me too he wasn't here last time but they had trouble with people feeding the animals and has lost some of the animals and moved the others they now only allow children in with a attendant and the same with school parties and many signs telling you not to feed the animals and why.
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  4. What a WONDERFUL excursion you took us on. A friend (who lived on a farm) had peacocks (Andrew, Margaret and Susan). She would tell you that there were a lot of peacock's because Andrew only had two things on his mind. Food was one of them.
    Love the kangaroos and wallabies - they relax better than anything I know except cats.

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    1. Kangaroos are good relaxers.
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  5. I've never heard of it and it looks wonderful. You did well to get a photo of peacock displaying his feathers. I don't think I have ever done that.

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    1. Barb got a head on of the full tail by the time I got the camera out of my bag he had turned but I still like the photo.
      I surpose the park is not well known it's called The Auburn Gardens.
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  6. That was day long remembered. You have so many lovely photos that will remind you of the details. A long walk home. Bus companies should be more efficient and tell you when they change the times.

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    1. It was all good exercise we think we walked about 10 kms altogether.
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  7. Goodness I'm exhausted just looking at the pics. It looks like a really nice place.Hope you're enjoying this lovely Spring weather. :)

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    1. The weather is great at the moment.
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  8. Beautiful gardens, just love the wisteria!
    My mum loved peacock feathers and had a few, but in a big vase on the back porch. She said it was bad luck to have them inside the house.

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    1. There is a lot things believed about peacock feathers, now I'm not sure if the are bad luck or good luck.
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  9. You put in quite the day, and enjoyed it. Lovely pictures.

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    1. It was a very full day and we were very tired at the end of it.
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  10. Hari OM
    I'm with River - the wisteria caught my eye as much as the unusual model and the show off bird!! What a fantastic outing Merle and you brought us right along with you - until I read the caption I too thought there was laundry out &*0

    YAM xx

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    1. My wisteria is just starting to come out now, this one was in full bloom.
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  11. You look like you had a grat day out, I liked the albino wallaby, I guess it would not survive in the wild. I have trouble with buses too, so annoying. Hilary

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    1. Buses are a bit of a pain the world over.
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  12. Oh my, Merle. You had a terrific excursion there. Loved all the wonderful photos. Thanks so much for sharing them. Also loved the shots of "selfie!" Susan

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    1. I've never tried selfie before.
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  13. Looks like you had a great day. So many wonderful photos!

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  14. You two had a lovely day by the looks of it!
    I don't think I've been to those gardens yet...unless it was about 30 years ago.
    Love your pics, Merle.
    The one of Barb on the bridge is very much like the photo you took of her in Monet's Garden :-)
    Love the peacocks and wallabies too.
    So did you get inspired with any new ideas for your little Japanese garden at home?
    love..Trish xx

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    1. I would like a raked gravel garden but not enough room, if you haven't been for 30 years you would notice some changes there is now a forest a picnic area and I think a outdoor theatre and a Australian bush garden, we didn't have time to see it all.
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  15. Looks like the two of you enjoyed yourselves at the zoo!! You LIKE peacocks :-}} Neat shots fo the kangaroos!! Surprized that they have them in the zoo. Aren't they pretty much all over? I have read where there are packs of the "hopping" around. Lovely wisteria vines too!

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    1. This is Sydney we never have kangaroos in the city or suburbs we have one huge zoo on the harbour in the city area but I live 20kms from the city centre in the suburbs and I have never see a kangaroo in this area. Out in the centre of our country there are millions of them in good times not so many in drought times but there are not many people out there, and it's very hot out there, not a lot of people want to go there so the kangaroos are still popular in zoos.
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  16. I have to say your zoo is lovely and filled with some things we don't have here.

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    1. I think they only keep native animals because there are no keepers often when you go there it's hard to find anyone around.
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  17. Wow, what a great zoo and so much fun. Thanks for sharing your lovely adventure.The peacocks are so pretty. From your newest follower, Linda

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  18. Lovely tour of the zoo, the peacocks are beautiful birds. And the wallabies are cute! Nice to see photos of you and your friend too. Thanks for sharing, have a great week ahead!

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    1. A nice little place to while away a couple of hours, you have a great week too.
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  19. ...Hi Merle..... love your photo story of our day at the Gardens..... I really enjoyed it, too.
    Next time we can get my Hubby to drive us and you can show me the other areas...while he reads his book....hehehe
    ...I'm happy my computer is finally letting me post and publish again....
    Have a good day
    Hugs...
    Barb xxx

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  20. Looks like a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon! I like nothing better than meandering with a friend!

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A first tooth for our little lady and eating out.

We are off and playing more and more on the floor. No teeth yet for Wilbur but Clemmy has one on the bottom. But impossible...