Floriade and what I ate today

The annual floral extravaganza that is Floriade began this weekend. I do like flowers. Especially brightly coloured flowers. The first weekend is always a little disappointing, the bulbs are best around the middle of the four week festival.

Rather than just park near Floriade I thought I’d incorporate a bridge to bridge walk and so I parked near Questacon.

For breakfast I had some golden syrup on a couple of pieces of white toast with a cup of coffee.

Sunday breakfast. Golden syrup on toast with coffee.
Sunday breakfast. Golden syrup on toast with coffee.

The morning was perfect weather-wise. The sky was clear, the temperature was warm and there was no wind. Best of all it didn’t feel too dry. I’m currently taking antihistamines for allergic rhinitis (hay fever) so the pollen in the air didn’t bother me too much.

While walking to Floriade I shot a few photographs. Only a couple were worth sharing.

National Carillon
National Carillon
Telstra Tower from Lake Burley Griffin
Telstra Tower from Lake Burley Griffin

I started walking around the little shops that sell small things at inflated costs just to see what sort of products were on offer. It’s hard to believe what people charge for fudge and chili sauce. Most of the other stuff was of little interest. In the end I bought nothing. I went and got a cup of coffee and sat on a bench for a while looking at people. The coffee was pretty ordinary but the people watching was great. It was a lovely warm morning and everyone looked happy and energetic. I also noticed there were lots of fancy cameras. Mostly Canon with L glass. Some Nikon and lots of point and shoot cameras. I saw some mirrorless cameras and those were mostly Olympus.

I had to use Adobe Photoshop's content aware to delete two annoying people who wouldn't move. I wish I was better with Adobe Photoshop. Floriade
I had to use Adobe Photoshop’s content aware to delete two annoying people who wouldn’t move. I wish I was better with Adobe Photoshop. Floriade
A red flower at Floriade
A red flower at Floriade
A white flower at Floriade
A white flower at Floriade
Gnomes of Floriade paying their respects. RIP gnome.
Gnomes of Floriade paying their respects. RIP gnome.
A bird sculpture at Floriade. What sort of bird is this?
A bird sculpture at Floriade. What sort of bird is this?
Is this a lineup of cormorants at Floriade?
Is this a lineup of cormorants at Floriade?
Pelican of Floriade
Pelican of Floriade

I was going to go to the homemade markets at Kingston to check out Dream Cuisine Patisserie and see if they had a vanilla slice there that Tales of a Confectionist posted about last week. Instead I went home to vacuum my apartment, viz., spring cleaning.

For lunch I enjoyed a smoked salmon salad with lettuce, tomatoes and avocado.

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Sunday lunch. Smoked salmon, avocado, tomatoes, lettuce and a salmon rissole.
Sunday lunch. Smoked salmon, avocado, tomatoes, lettuce and a salmon rissole.

For dinner I made baked salmon with sweet potato and chips made from potato and sweet potato.

Sunday dinner. Baked salmon, sweet corn, potato and sweet potato.
Sunday dinner. Baked salmon, sweet corn, potato and sweet potato.

If you want to see the photographs as a gallery click here. Click on one image to see it full size. To see the EXIF data (including a map if the photograph was geotagged) click on the information (i) icon in the top right corner. You can navigate through the gallery using the arrow keys or by swiping if you’re using a tablet or smartphone.


Have you been to Floriade? Do you like flowers?

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