Howard Springs is a bushland oasis and family playground south of Darwin, just near Palmerston. It is in a really tranquil setting off the Stuart Highway. They were assembling sails over the swimming pool when we were there. I was really surprised they haven’t had them in the past given it is so hot. As well as the pool there is a playground and BBQ area.
Wattle trees are one of my favourite varieties of trees. It is the Australian floral emblem and it’s 1000 species can be found all over the country. They provide a spectacular contrast to the red dirt of the outback and are very popular in the gardens of our major cities.
For me, I love it when they start to flower towards the end of winter, signifying the season I don’t like is coming to an end. The beautiful yellow flowers provide some cheer against the grey skies.
The grass tree is an Australian native tree, most often found in eastern Australia. It is also one of my favourites because of the black trunk and grass-like leaves which can be up to three metres long.
For me, daffodils light up dull, dreary winters. I was walking past a florist earlier today and saw the displays of daffodils. They had a special for three bunches so I bought them. They are now sitting cheerily on my dining table. I have a blocked nose so I can’t really smell them but they look really nice.