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.....