Saturday, 28 September 2013

Cherries and a dog park

While most of the family were at the MCG watching Hawthorn Football Club become the AFL 2013 Premiers, Penny and I walked at Banksia Park.

For me it's the park of last resort, because to walk around it briskly takes only three minutes. Three minutes! I guess it's somewhere different to go, with new smells, and when you're not feeling very energetic you can stroll around a couple of times and at least know you've taken the dog for a walk.

However, when I looked up info about the park, just now, I realised it's a park aimed at older dog owners, or ones with a disability, so I can see that it's a good resource for the area, because it's well fenced and has open areas for dogs to chase balls - a handy place for humans who can't walk well.

Looking over the fence, I noticed an old orchard of cherry trees, so I had to go and investigate, seeing I'm keen on edible gardening. I read on this site that the orchard is called The Japanese Cherry Orchard, because it was planted when the Japanese Prime Minister visited. I'm keen to find out moreabout this visit and about the age of the cherry trees, but will have to research it off the Net, because I can't find any information online.

Because the place was deserted - everyone else watching the big footy finals, I suppose - I thought it would be okay to break the rules for once and investigate the orchard with Penny off-lead. (The grass was too long for me to cope with her on lead.)

While I admired the blossom...

Penny ate some delicious grass.


Milo and Jet said...

Hi Penny
That looks like a nice walk you went on it's always fun to eat grass :) Milo & Jet
To Answer your questions about Blue Johanna Cottages. I think it would be a risk during the summer months for not only snakes but bush fires as it's in the middle of some very heavy bushland. The Beach is said to be only just down the road from the cottages. We didn't go to the beach as it's not WheelChair friendly. The Real bones we had are beef bones from a local shop. To Find out more you should look up there own website as that has lot's of info about the area and facilities at the cottages. Hope this helps from Ros

parlance said...

Thanks, Ros. I'll look it up.

Johann The Dog said...

Looks like a beautiful spot!

Mitch and Molly said...

The cherry tree blossoms are beautiful and we're so glad that you got to investigate, Penny!
Mom keeps forgetting to ask dad about the name of the tomato. We'll get there - don't give up on us!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

parlance said...

Johann, It was a beautiful spot indeed!

parlance said...

Thanks, Mitch and Molly. I'll pop over to your blog each day to see if you've remembered to ask the name of the strange-looking tomato your mum showed us.