Saturday, 15 September 2007
No, good old OZ
What a fabulous day we had today. We went with my husband's son and his family to our local Melbourne zoo. It's over fifteen years since we'd been there and what major improvements they've made in that time. The photos in the above posts are all in the gardens. The buildings look so authentic and serve a useful purpose. They've created rainforest gardens to walk around with great new enclosures for the elephants, gorillas and tigers.
There's a Japanese garden with all the blossoms coming out at present, that was a picture. There are fabulous pieces of garden art wherever you look.
One of my favourites I have to say was the sculpture in the Australia animal section. It's made out of old junk from the outback and farms and it has the first verse of the great Australian poem written by Dorothea Mackellar on the spokes. I know the poem by heart as we regularly had to recite it at school, but it still remains one of my favourites.
It goes like this:
I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of rugged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewelled sea,
Her beauty and her terror,
This wide brown land for me.
She described this magnificent land of ours so well.