Every year, kinder organise an excursion and this year was to, in case you haven’t already guessed it, to the Melbourne Children’s Royal Botanical Garden.
Unfortunately for us though, after a gorgeous sunny day on Sunday and what looked like a good start to today, turned out a really c**p, cold and wet day. I can do cold, I can do sweltering, I can
almost barely do snow. From inside a warm, heat filled house. But cold an wet are my pet hates. And to top off a miserable start to the day, the little man woke up with a headache. Oh, I had so much to look forward to.
Master T woke up with a headache (start of a cold), the bus ride made me nauseous. The little man has no blubber so he was cold, simply coz bad mother that I am didn’t dress him warmly enough. I spent far too much money on hot drinks. And I only had 2. To top it all off, I wore inappropriate shoes. This was going to be a good day!
Although we’ve been to the Royal Botanical Gardens we haven’t visited the children’s garden.
We had no choice but to schlepp on, rain or not. We were met by one of the staff members who was to her defence, really good with the kids and they in turn showed interest. Except the little man who just wasn’t in the mood for the day really. But bless him, he soldiered on.
We stopped at this, what I believe is, is a Coral Tree. Looks more like something out of Harry Potter, but at the same time rather quite interesting.
This was another way further into the walk, but had an interesting feature on it. A beehive. Not just any beehive though. I bet you haven’t seen a layered one like this? Really odd.
These first few pictures were taken outside of the Kids Garden and after this we went to the herb garden. The kids had to identify symbols on the herb signs to determine whether it was a cooking herb, insect repellent herb, medicinal herb, or in some cases all three. By now the rain had picked up again and I didn’t take any pictures in the herb garden, but what I did do was help them all make pot pourri sacks. There were 3 trays, one each of dried lavender, dried rose petals and something with the word “lemonade” in it. Each child was given a calico square about 8x8 inches and put in a small handful of each, then secured with an elastic band. See, no time for pics.
We took shelter next to a pond within the children’s garden and since it was raining the adults on the excursion had to do the next bit. We were each given a small bucket and a net. After putting water in the bucket from the pond we had to scoop the net 3 times in the water near the plants to disturb the stillness then scoop up whatever into the net and empty that in the bucket. I got a picture of that!
These buckets were then taken back under the shelter to identify any little swimmers within. I can tell you there are some funny looking swimmers in that pond! But the kids were excited to see tadpoles and those other funny looking things. Laminated sheets were on the tables to see if there was anything in the buckets they could identify from the sheets.
It was then off to learn about the worm farm, but I didn’t think pictures of worm poo and wee would be of particular interest to anyone. By now the kids were complaining they were hungry so we headed back to the shelter but via a different and more interesting route.
The little man asked if we might see a panda. Um. No, I don’t think so.
And one more, simply because I was really taken with them. There was a lot of bamboo in a small amount of space, yet it felt so peaceful amongst it all despite there being our group of 27 adults and nearly the same amount of parents as well as another school group who we passed.
After lunch the schedule was to start heading back home, but the kids were allowed to play for a while within the garden, just in case they still had more energy to burn off and then it was back to the bus to head back to where we belong and another nauseous bus ride back home. It wasn’t the drivers fault, I just don’t do motion very well.
I think it’s time these guys had a trim.
We’ll definitely go back as a family to explore again and more as all it costs is a train ticket to get there. Entrance is free, which is probably why the hot drinks – and the ice cream from a previous trip – are so expensive, but it’s a stunning day out.
When the weather’s good.