Ahh Spring

Here is a post I wrote a while ago and then I became distracted with the arrival of child number two. It’s terribly late, but here goes..

Ahh spring

I would like to preface this post by saying I love spring and spring in Tasmania is particularly stunning. From seeing the blossoms and buds when they first appear, to feeling the weather begin to warm. It is a time of promise and hope for the approaching years end and the imminent arrival of summer.

However, it is quite ironic that as I attempt to write about spring in Tasmania, it appears to be another damp windy day that has continued for the past few weeks.

Ah yes, I am the true local – the local that automatically fears visiting tourists on cruise ships and planes should have this soggy weather for their memories – and sadly miss those gorgeous blue sky days that make our landscape undeniably spectacular.

But perhaps (and rather optimistically I add) they will see the weather the way I, and maybe other Islanders (?), do.

The fact is that one of Tasmania’s biggest advantages is the privilege of experiencing distinctive seasons. From seeing snow on Mt Wellington in winter, to the rich brown leaves in Autumn, and yes, even the rain which often heralds the arrival of spring. It all provides an ever-changing backdrop for our regular haunts, changing the experience from either a “jacket off” day to a “rugged up around the campfire with marshmallows” kinda day.

These weather idiosyncrasies (which do include days of extreme sunshine and heat in summer, it isn’t all cold!), it just another part of the Tasmanian experience. In fact, it is not uncommon to encounter all four seasons in one day!

What better way to enjoy the start of spring then by facing whatever weather the Gods had destined head on and exploring some of the best gardens around the state.

Open garden weekends are a great opportunity to find the best and brightest patches that allows visitors to stroll through often unseen gardens and bask in their beauty.

It was with this in mind that we ventured to some great outdoor activities including the Spring Festival at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens – a well-established event that has been running for over 20 years.

Over time it has progressed from ‘The Tulip Festival’ to a diverse community event that celebrates the beginning of Spring alongside food, culture, and entertainment.

The backdrop automatically scores points. If you haven’t been to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens you need to. Now. Being only 2 kilometres from the CBD makes it wonderfully central and easy to access. For more information visit http://www.rtbg.tas.gov.au

The festival has everything from cooking lessons to garden demonstrations as well as musicians, dancers and sporting activities.

I have to add that although I was there to bask in the outdoorsyiness of the gardens, Miss Two was captivated by the kids area set up on a flat area of the lawns. The activities included jumping castles, face painting, alluring food vans and more, it was certainly a place to entertain the little ones.

There is something about human activity in beautiful settings that puts everyone in a good mood and helps unearth smiles…regardless of the recurring showers every five minutes. One of my favourite smiles is below…

First time her face was painted!
First time her face was painted!

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