A treat for the senses…

Oh what a dreamy Sunday afternoon it was sitting on the slopes of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens listening to the eloquent, finely tuned sounds of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.

My eardrums were soothed and my mind became peaceful as I immersed myself in the many different moods of the classical pieces which flowed so perfectly from their instruments.  In an attempt to define the music swirling around us, encompassing so many definitions, it was elegant, majestic, spirited, gentle, artistic, lively and flowing.

My eyes were also spoilt as they soaked up the incredible and most breath-taking view from the soft grassy bank which slopes down to the stage, to up and beyond at the looming mountain where flurrying clouds softly billowed adding to the atmosphere of the event.

If you are in Cape Town during the summer months be sure to spend a Sunday afternoon at one of the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts.  This is certainly one of the most striking settings I have ever listened to live music.

Summer Concert.

One of my favourite habitats in Melbourne…

It is the first day of May, the start of a new month and the start of my last month in Melbourne before the big move to South Africa!!  Thirty days to go!

One of the places I shall miss the most is the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.  I have spent hours inside this stunning playground of incredible flora and fauna.  Not to mention the many hours running around its perimeter, I will come back to this shortly!  In summer time it is a glorious haven to relax in and many a family, group of friends or united couple can be found in amongst the diverse plant collections and trees with picnic hampers, rugs, balls, books and newspapers.

During these warmer months it is also home to the moonlight cinema and provides a stunning back drop whilst you sink into a bean bag and watch the silhouettes of fruit bats fly across the dusky sky as the movie starts…. particularly effective if you go to watch something more sinister!

Another favourite evenings entertainment here and the reason for many a wry smile has been watching the captivating and dynamic performances of Shakespeare Under the Stars.  The Australian Shakespeare Company present contemporary and unique productions in the enchanting garden surrounds.  Folks settle down on the grass with their array of goodies, and you can bet a fine drop of Australian shiraz or pinot noir isn’t going a miss, before being utterly absorbed, amused and entertained after a busy day.

Melbourne is also a very active city and on the exterior edge of the gardens runs a wide sand track lovingly known by the locals as the “tan.”  You will always spot a jogger or walker circumnavigating laps of the track at pretty much any time of year come rain, shine and even extreme heat!   I have definitely done my fair share of laps and it has helped keep me in shape with all the fine culinary delights and tasty treats on offer in this diverse multi-cultural city of fabulous food.  Another part of Melbourne I shall deeply crave and miss!

The good news is I know there is Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in Cape Town and I look forward to exploring its glorious surrounds with my camera.  Watch out for this blog post in the future!

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