I’m lucky enough to work just a few minutes’ walk from the Wellington Botanic Garden, so I often spend my lunch hour walking through the gardens. I’ve been doing this for more than a year now, and have seen all the seasons come and go. In fact, in Wellington, we sometimes see all the seasons in one day, but that’s another story…
At the moment it’s spring here in the southern hemisphere, and what a delight in the gardens. There are quite a few ducklings in the Lady Norwood Rose Garden, and they are just adorable to watch. Just recently a song thrush seemed very interested in me, and it came closer and closer until a scuffle between two blackbirds scared it away. I’ve also caught glimpses of goldfinches, and a while ago, saw kaka having a feast on the magnolia blossoms. And there is quite often the delightful sound of tui, and sometimes I’m lucky enough to see them too.
Of course the flowers are also lovely at the moment, and I’m often amazed at the variety of scents, colours, shapes and sizes, from tiny blue flowers to tulips and magnolias.
I think there’s a lot of truth behind the expression to stop and smell the roses – it’s very difficult, if not impossible, not to feel refreshed and ready for the rest of the day after spending an hour or so appreciating the sights and sounds in the botanic garden. So when is the last time you slowed down and appreciated nature?