Last Day in Sydney

DSCN2223It has been so fun going through all of our photos from our stay in Australia.  I can’t believe we packed so much in!  On our last day in Sydney, we walked and explored what felt like every inch.  The Royal Botanic Gardens were really gorgeous!  I could see why so many people were there (tourists and locals alike) just relaxing on the grass.  We hunted for hours in the gardens looking for the humongous fruit bats I had seen during my last visit years ago.  No luck.  Sad!  We did get a kick out of watching the eels in the main pond though.  It was just too weird to see these long serpent creatures patrolling the edges!  So long Australia.  Until next time, I’ll be missing you.

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Flowers From My Garden

imageOn my days off work, I love hanging with my flowers in my little garden.  Since I’m just renting and want to take my flowers with me when it’s time to go, it has turned into my little potted piece of paradise.  I’ve been getting lots of bug visitors lately though.  Viva spider season!  I saw this green one catch a fly and a bee out of mid air!  Freaky much?  Um, Yes!

Here’s a little sampling of some of the flowers I’m growing currently.

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Lunch at Balboa Park

Balboa Park

My mom came down to visit me in San Diego so we decided to spend an afternoon at Balboa Park.  It was an amazingly gorgeous day spent wandering around the botanical gardens and lunching at El Prado.  Check out some of these beautiful photos taken by my beautiful mommy.

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Lily Pad

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Beetle on an Orchid

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Pike Place Market: Seattle, WA

Me at Pike Place Market

We were in Washington this past week to celebrate my step sister’s wedding so we took advantage of this time to do a bit of exploring!  I love Seattle and no visit there would be complete without a walk through Pike Place Market.  This continuous farmer’s market has been going for over a century and is full of many treasures and sights.  It’s home to the Pike Place Fish Company where the men throw your purchases (with astonishing accuracy!) across the whole store front for packaging.  It’s a fun sight to see!  I can’t imagine I’d be very good at catching a slippery fish!!

We nibbled on salmon on a stick while checking out the few blocks worth of gorgeous flowers.  These bouquets are done with expert skill and won’t break the bank.  Most large bouquets were only $10!  If I were a local, my house would always have fresh flowers.  There are also many other artisans there with everything from jewelry to clothing to obsidian knives.  It’s really a fun spot to check out for both tourists and locals alike.

Oh and you can’t forget it’s across the street from the very first Starbucks!  It’s crazy how long the line gets but still a good stop before heading into the market.  Dont’ forget your souvenir mug!!

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