I turned 73 a week ago and when Jennie asked me earlier what I wanted for my birthday, I struggled to think of anything apart from a Lotus 7 replica. Got "THE LOOK" so that was a non-starter. I then suggested an overnighter somewhere interesting and left it to her.
Well, she came up with a cool idea and the first stop was the city of Hamilton, some 160 km from home. I know it best for being where our eldest son and his family live plus where I have the KTM serviced but it's also known for its World class municipal gardens . It's been years since we visited them and everything has changed since then. It covers around 54 hectares and is split up into various themes. It's also absolutely free to members of the public. Too big to get round in one go, we settled on a couple of hours and will go back again in the coming months. Funnily enough, Flyboy has just posted some magnificent photos and a drone video of Jacaranda trees in bloom on his blog which are well worth seeing. Onya Dave - who knew that Oz and Kiwi bikers could be sensitive, nature-loving types ;-).
First stop was through the tropical garden. We have a number of the plants in our own garden such as bromeliads and Bird of Paradise and although Hamilton gets frosts, this garden has its own microclimate.