And then it rained some more… but some pretty flowers included

I feel like it’s been wet FOREVER here! (gosh, Caity, exaggerate much?) Although when I check the weather site I can see we’ve had 15 days with rain this month, for a total so far of 76.6mm- and it’s raining again as I type this now it’s partly sunny again but sooooo humid!

Mum and Dad came to visit last week, and we had some moments of really lovely weather.  This was Tuesday early afternoon, for example:

(I look at that photo and all I can think of is how disgustingly fat I look. I do not like thinking like this!  Also, for some reason my photos are shooting at low res.  BUGGER!  Will have to check the camera…)

[as usual, clicky for biggy on all pics]

Anyway, “Delphiniums white and delphiniums blue”, to quote A.A. Milne ( I love that poem!) at Queen’s Park.  All this floral extravagance was part of the annual Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (or Carnivore of Fowls, as Mr B likes to call it.)  Mum and Dad had actually driven over from Adelaide for a school reunion in Quirindi, where Dad went to school, but figured they might as well tack on an extra 500kms and see us.

And some tulips:

And irises and pansies:

And ornamental kale (which, BTW, the edible version is a SUPERFOOD – I really ought to grow some next year. My brother swears by it.)

Oh, and here’s another pic especially for my brother: MAY BUSH!!  (when we were kids, living in Dubbo, my sister and I filled up the wheelbarrow with maybush blossoms on top of a layer of rainwater and invited Gordon to sit in it.  We thought it was hilarious, he still remembers it as “AND THEN THEY MADE ME SIT IN THE WHEELBARROW!”)

And one last Queen’s Park pic that Dad took from the viewing platform – you can just see me, Mum, and Mr Beloved:

(When we were young (to almost quote A. A. Milne again) I can remember always being told to “put on your red top and go over there so your father can take a photo.”  I wore pink, Mr Beloved wore red!)

So that was the Tuesday of Mum and Dad’s visit.  We rounded it off with a trip to Glenford’s Tools (for Dad to have a browse) and Bunnings (the hardware warehouse).

Wednesday we went out for lunch, which is something Mr Beloved and I rarely do.  He was shocked by the prices and the crowds, but it was a nice meal.

By Thursday I was exhausted – wonderful Mr Beloved took my parents out to the Japanese Gardens at the uni :

And then to the rail museum (DownsSteam)at Drayton:

Then Mum and Dad started the long drive home on Friday.  (They got home yesterday.)

It was lovely having them visit – I’m a bit embarrassed that I flaked out, but I just had no energy left.  Ugh.  Managed to get to the gym yesterday but I think I went about my resistance training the wrong way – did too many reps at once rather than switching exercises and coming back to the machines for a second time.  I’m very achy today but hoping to get to yoga class to stretch it out.

Mum also grabbed three boxes of slides and brought them over – so as soon as I get a slide scanner, I’ll be able to print out pictures of when we visited Toowoomba in 1974.  (Including a pic of me up the top of that rocket in the park!)