Kings Park, Queens Gardens, Cricket game

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
Trip End Mar 15, 2007

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Got up relatively early and after early morning chat with the piffle gang, caught the bus and train back into Perth station.  Reported my Tilley Hat as lost to both the train and bus folks and hoped they would find it and let me know.  After a bit of a mix up (bus was 'way late), caught the Airport bus back to the Botanic Gardens (no Tilley Hat there either) in time for the tour with a delightful woman by name of Heather Mahon who took us 'round much of the Gardens and gave us a good history tour. 
Also showed us: federation flame kangaroo paws, rather mingy baobab trees, strawberry eucalyptus, variegated peppermint (agonis), green kangaroo paws, podocarpus duorianius, macrozamia (and nut), grevillia candicans, hakea Victoria, eucalyptus macrocarpa (wattle tree with a wattle bird in it), melaluca, banksia, corymbia callaphylla (a marri eucalypt with its honkey nuts) and wild hibiscus.  Towards the end of our trip, she took us down the acacia steps which are lovely steps inset with various stones in pictures of acacias.  In the background was a lovely nuootsia or nuytsia, also called a Christmas Tree" tree to which I tried to do justice in a photograph.  
I then caught the bus back downtown, had lunch at a delightful sushi bar called, I think, Taka's where they must run patrons through at a rate of about one a second.  Had mixed sashimi and a seaweed salad plus a green tea.  Then made my way, again by CAT bus to a lovely place called Queen's Gardens.  It was established in 1899 in the site once known as Brickfield's Reserve.  Clay was extracted from the areas which are now lily ponds.  The clay was used to make Perth's earliest buildings including the Barrack's Arch, the Cloisters, and the Deanery.  The brickfields were planted as gardens designed in the Paradise/Oasis style and opened in October 1899 by then Lord Mayor, Alexander Forrest.  They were named Queen's Gardens after Queen Victoria in honour of  her Diamond Jubilee.  Queen's Gardens have heritage listing and are managed by the City of Perth to conserve their value as a unique enclosed park and an important example of the Paradise/Oasis style garden. 
Right next to the gardens is the Western Australian Cricket Association field where I was to see a one day cricket match between Western Australia and Queensland.  Though I did not understand a great deal in the beginning, as the afternoon wore on I picked up enough to know when they were making a good play or the batsman was doing particularly well.  WA won handily and Queensland in fact did not even play their last batsman.  Many of these folks will be on the Australian team as they move into an interesting phenomenon between England and Australia next week called "the Ashes"
After the match Helen drove me back through King's Park at night where I tried to get a photo of the city from the hill and may not have done a bad job.  It was a very nice relaxing end to the day.
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