Trips and trees and time

Last week we decided that we would take a trip up to Canberra, just because we could and it had been quite some time since we had seen our younger daughter.

We had a lovely weekend and returned home yesterday.  I missed out on blogging yesterday and today we had a power cut from 9.00 until 3.00pm so I didn’t get around to blogging today either so I have missed my Tuesday Travels post this week.

While we were in Canberra we had the chance to visit the newly opened arboretum.

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An arboretum is meant to have trees I know but this part is the amphitheatre which will be used for outdoor entertainment in the future.

The National Arboretum was created after the devastating fires that took place ten years ago in Canberra.  Where the arboretum has been situated used to be a pine forest and it was completely destroyed in the fires.

The National Arboretum Canberra features 100 forests of rare and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. It is a significant recreational and educational resource for visitors and plays an important role in the protection of world-wide tree diversity and the generation of new knowledge on tree growth and survival, biodiversity and water management.

view from village centre

 From the village centre there is a good view over the city centre and this view will look completely different when the trees have grown.
towards the city
The trees have been planted over the previous four years so they are still very small but not quite so small as these beautiful bonsai specimens on display in the village centre of the arboretum.
bonsai
The external shape of the structure of the village centre reminded me of the sails of the Opera House in Sydney.
interior village centre
Part of the arboretum is the Cork Plantation which was planted from acorns imported by Walter Burley Griffin in 1917.  The first trees were planted in 1920.
cork plantation
Some wag had put a champagne cork into a crevice on one of the trees, perhaps so they could show that corks do grow on trees!
The trees look strange when the bark has been removed.
cork tree
Another aspect of the arboretum is the placement of sculpture throughout.  This is just one example:
sculpture
To finish I thought it would be appropriate to let you see 100 things people like about Canberra.  It is a wonderful city. You can click on the picture to get a clearer view.
things we like about Canberra

4 thoughts on “Trips and trees and time

  1. What a lovely post. That arboretum is a great idea and it’s going to look amazing when the trees are fully grown. Did you try out the cafe in the village centre? I didn’t realise that Canberra was such an attractive place, I like the list at the end.

    • No we didn’t have time to try out the cafe but I’m sure we will revisit when we are in Canberra some other time. Canberra is well worth a visit when you visit Australia, sadly many visitors only visit Sydney and Melbourne.

  2. Heather, pity I missed out on Canberra…but that will be on a future visit.
    I’m finally back home, suffering from a wicked dose of jet lag……but then that is only temporary. Thank you both once again for your kindness, and for the kind post on your own blog. The money is still coming in, and as you will see, the total continues to climb…..which is all great for the Children in Syria Appeal.
    Keep up the good writing!

    • Lovely to hear from you Frank. I’m sure Jenny must be delighted to have you home. It would be great if you could convince her to fly to Australia with you and spend some time here. We would love to meet her.
      Great work on the Syrian appeal. . .almost !0,000 pounds. That is fantastic.

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