By today, I mean yesterday. I just didn't get around to posting about it until now (ahaha, see what I did there? ;P) To be fair, I did clean the bathrooms, and the dusting and vacuuming had already been done for the week. I felt it was totally okay to spend the afternoon meandering around the Auckland Botanic Gardens by myself for a bit of quiet relaxation (and very slow exercise, since I can't run at the moment). They have a Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition on, and I knew the boys would have zero interest in going to check it out. You're not allowed scooters or any other wheeled form of transport (aside from push chairs and wheelchairs) in the grounds, so they would be even less interested. So, what better time to go than when I should be studying?
It was a beautiful day, and the gardens are really lovely. I particularly enjoyed being able to stop and admire the flora:
And fauna - this may look like a video of tree foliage, but if you listen you can hear some beautiful tui song. I love tuis:
When we moved from Wellington to Auckland I was a little saddened by the lack of tuis in the area. To be fair we'd moved into an apartment and there is nowhere for a tui to reside in the central business district. Now that we're a little further away from the city centre we have tuis living in the trees around the neighbourhood. This makes me very happy. I am a little jealous of the suburbanites that have moreporks living in their area though. I wish I had the chance to hear them at night.
But the reason I went to the gardens was of course to see the sculptures. They were quite fantastic. Here's a few of my favourites:
Atta Mediae by Samantha Lissette
Carving up the Land by Michael Klaja and Gordon Smith
Home Sweet Home by Jeff Thomson
Tree Man by James Wright
7 Days by Jane Downes - these were really quite beautiful
This sculpture is not part of the exhibition, but a part of the permanent collection within the gardens:
Bird Lady by Jamie Pickernell - People's Choice winner of the 2012 Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition
Fascinating, yet creepy. I also rather enjoyed this one:
Turn by Richard Mathieson - the trickling water made such a lovely sound
I got a little snap-happy while walking around the grounds, but it really was such a lovely afternoon. The gardens are very well looked after and made fully accessible. The staff do such a wonderful job:
Dr Seuss tree!!
All in all, a rather excellent way to waste an afternoon ;) Although Marthe Troly-Curtin once said, "Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time". I think I'd have to agree.