Friday, September 21, 2012

Magical Faraway Land




On Tuesday we wandered the grounds of the Hunter Valley Gardens with retirees and garden staff. It was almost completely deserted when we arrived at about four in the afternoon. The children explored and played amongst the flowers and sculptures while I followed at a distance behind them (they always seem to play better when i'm a little out of arms reach).

We were all mesmerised by the beauty and grandeur of the gardens. Winding pathways led us from one pavilion to another - we walked from Versailles to Italy and Japan before entering a Story Book wonderland filled with the sound of children's voices and giant mushrooms.

It was lovely to watch Zeph and Pippi* engage with their surroundings, the wonder on their faces and the spring in their step was echoed by my own.

Happy weekend friends.


Pippi's boots c/o fawn and fox

15 comments:

  1. we love this place. not too far from home for us. captured beautifully. enjoy your weekend. xo

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  2. How beautiful it looks...love those little yellow boots! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  3. Super gorgeous photos. I cant wait to check this place out.
    Love Mumabulous

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  4. Oh my goodness, your children are utterly divine.. and those boots!! xx

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  5. Oh yay! We're going to the Hunter Valley next weekend, so I'll definitely add the gardens to our must-do list...second only to - drink wine. Beautiful photos as always...

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  6. these pictures are just gorgeous. Love the colours. Happy weekend to you too :-) xx

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  7. Magical indeed Em. Love this post, such gorgeous images. Isn't it interesting how the littlies do seem to play more harmoniously when Mama stands back, happens here a bit too. Must try & get to those gardens one day, we've never taken the boys there xo

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  8. beautiful photos - love the one of pippi in the white top and gumbies so sweet

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  9. Gorgeous! Your photos are superb! Love the gumboots too! x

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  10. We used to live close by, oh the days of living in the wineries.... , Mondays were my garden days, the kids would play at the daggy park, drink milkshakes from Oscars and then we would wander the gardens. We all loved it, Christmas time is more special after a visit at the gardens, just avoid the tourists and retirees

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  11. those boots are to die for! And your daughter in those boots!
    Oh my! Be still my heart

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  12. You have nailed the photography thing Em. Just beautiful. Thanks for the pleasure of such a delightful viewing. x

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  13. adorable. xx love your blog by the way. I took some helpful hints from your amazing simple but sweet layout.
    Kaz xx

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  14. some really beautiful shots here em, looks like a dreamy spring afternoon :) x

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