It's been a beautiful day in Canberra. With a free morning on my hands I wandered over to the botanic gardens and spent a pleasurable and refreshing couple of hours looking at plants. People assume that because I have a PhD in plant science that I can wander round woods and gardens happily reeling off long latin names. I can't. Of course, I know a little bit, but not as much as a keen gardener would: I looked at cells and bits inside them; I've never been a taxonomist.
After this I wandered round town. Managed to find a couple of wine shops, and I bought a bottle of Clonakilla's 2004 Riesling, together with a cheap wine glass from Habitat so I can sit on the balcony of my room this evening, reading a book and drinking wine. I also bought a bottle of Cooper's Pale to go with lunch.
The pictures show the wonderful red flower of Callistemon viminalis (above) and the intricate bark of Eucalyptus agglomerata.