Spring is one of my favourite seasons. I love the warmer weather that’s just right – not boiling hot that it’s uncomfortable and not freezing cold that it’s painful. I love slipping back into my summer dresses and cardigans and flats. I love the longer days and the promise of the holiday season with Christmas and a New Year around the corner.
But my favourite part about spring is the beautiful fresh blooms that brings colour and fragrant perfume to the streets of Sydney. In particular, the purple jacarandas which line many streets and roads of the city and suburbs.
‘For a few decades, in the middle of the last century, a hospital on the north shore sent each mother of a newborn home with a jacaranda seedling. And so, when the valleys on either side of the city’s train lines flare violet in October and November, each bright burst represents the beginning of life’. ‘Sydney’, Delia Falconer
I passed MacDougall Street in Kirribilli on my way home from work and was blown away by the beautiful scene of jacaranda trees lining the street. It was too dark to take photos at that time so I went back on a Sunday lunchtime with my DSLR. The scene was chaotic at that time of the day. People lined up on the island in the middle of the street to take photos with the trees in the background while cars had to (angrily) wait for them to move out of the way. Parents let their little children wander onto street to get a good photo of them with the trees in the background and the lavender petals on the road. It was chaotic! But I can understand why – it was too beautiful to miss!
Afterwards I strolled up to Kirribilli Markets and wandered around…
But it was so hot that I quickly left. I jog/walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge which was one of the best experiences. I’ve never been a jogger/runner and have always admired those who ran across the Bridge. So for me to jog for even part of the way was a proud moment!
I jog/walked back home, drank a few bottles of water, showered and changed into my PJs and read all afternoon.