Bob walked to the International Cricket Hall of Fame. He's a little confounded by the game of cricket. It's very complicated. Cricket games can last five days! He's been reading about the game, talked to a local man who gave him a quick what's what on cricket, and then spent a few hours today at the cricket museum. He hasn't mastered the concepts yet and wishes he could play the game to learn more about it.
I ventured over to Crocket Gardens which is touted as a main attraction in Bowral. I was expecting a huge estate filled with plantings ala Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Ha! What I found was a one-block area with a few large trees and some circular-shaped displays that were between plantings. Currently in bloom were three rhododendrons, pansies, roses and a plant I didn't recognize. (See below.) I was disappointed. A gardener was on site and I was able to ask him about some flowers they had in their garden that I had seen in Sydney at Hyde Park. I didn't know what they were. He informed me they are Oyster Plants. The gardener told me they're very invasive and hard to control.
|Corbett Gardens looking sad...in between plantings.|
|Oyster Plant--photo from Hyde Park in Sydney.|
After walking in town, I decided to drive to the top of Mt. Gibraltar--"The Gib" to locals--which is in Bowral's backyard. There are picnic areas and lookouts all around the mountain. The sky was blue with swirly, wispy clouds; a great day to overlook the area.
|Mittagong Lookout on Mt. Gibraltar, Bowral, NSW.|
The town was very small (100 inhabitants), perched on top of a hill overlooking two reservoirs. I thought maybe I'd find a cafe and have some cake and tea for my afternoon snack. There were only about six businesses in the town. The general store/cafe did not look open. A number of people were milling about outside the hotel in town. I didn't know if there was a pub there or a restaurant. There was no sign indicating an eating establishment. Oh well. I drove the neighborhood, saw the view.
On the way back to the timeshare, I stopped in at the old cemetery and snapped some photos. The cemetery was divided by religion: Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Independent, etc. The oldest headstones were Catholic and Anglican.
All in all, I had a relaxing day and saw Bowral. Tomorrow we're off to see Canberra, Australia's capital city.
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