Thursday, March 29, 2007

Nothing to do with fitness

Today I spent the day with my Mum, trekking around the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Although I used to go every year without fail, I've not been able to get to the last couple of shows, so I was really looking forward to today. I have to say it was a bit disappointing. Maybe it's got something to do with the drought, but there seemed to be a lot less exhibitors than I remember, and more boring tools and gadgets than displays of outrageously creative fantasy gardens.

On top of that, they had the cheek to charge $19.50 for admission, lunch cost $15 EACH for a crappy paper tray of spit roasted lamb, a sprinkling of token salad, half a pita bread and, of all things, CHIPS (come on, who serves chips with Greek food?) and to top it off, we obviously parked in a car park run by organised crime bosses, because it cost $37. Yes, we could have used public transport, and yes, we could have parked at the casino wa-a-ay on the other side of town for $5 and trekked miles through the bloody place to a tram stop.... but my poor Mum has severe pain from arthritis and can't walk far. And as I discovered, a disabled parking permit is useless without a disabled bloody parking space! Harrumph!

Anyway..... I did see some pretty things, bought some tulip bulbs and got a bargain on a fancy stainless steel 6-burner gas barbie. I also found my dream back yard:

Of course, it's probably bigger than our entire block, but that's a minor detail.....

5 comments:

Debstar said...

That is really nice. I'm guessing you'd need like a trillion dollars to be able to afford it, and full time staff to keep it looking that way.

Kek said...

Well, this garden was designed by Dean Herald, who won a gold medal at the Chelsea flower show for his 'Aussie barbeque garden'. I think this one has a lot of similar elements, and the price tag on the Chelsea one was half a million....

Perhaps I'd best settle for something a little simpler - but I love the swim-up bar!

Chris H said...

That garden is GORGEOUS! Is it a swimming pool or just ornamental? Sooooo pretty. daylight robbery the charges too.

Tiffany said...

ah yeah that was the half a mill backyard was on sunrise this morning and apparently all the bh&g cooking is done in it on the show tonight. i also thought it was awesome! ;)

Jadey 0:-) said...

That looks freaking awesome! I'm sure with about $50k and a strong back or 3 you could build it yourself over maybe 5 years (eeek)

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