The taste of summer we had over the weekend just gone was enough (literally) to put some colour into my cheeks. We appear to be back to grey skies, wind and rain for the moment but that hint of a tan I see when I look in the mirror or down at my arms reminds me that this too shall pass and summer proper isn't too far away at all.
I'm thinking positive and extending the metaphor to this strange new world we now live in with Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. Is Mother Nature sensing our earthly sadness and fear, I wonder, with all this rain she's sent our way since the election? Tears of sadness or cleansing showers of hope? A bit of both?
For today's Lovin' Life link up, I'm going to head back to that happy place that was the weekend and its glorious spring summer-ness.
I had to dust off my sensible wide brimmed hat and douse myself in sun screen just to wait for the bus.
Preschooler SSG insisted on wearing his new seagull T shirt for our trip to the zoo which was actually a good call given that we were in fact going by ferry and hence would be meeting a lot of seagulls in real life. This T was from Mix Apparel, by the way. $8 and selling out fast in the larger sizes.
The red back pack of adventure was packed with a bottle of official zoo sunscreen .. and a zip lock bag of Thomas trains to be shared with the friend we were meeting there.
We had a kind of picnic at the ferry wharf as we waited for our ferry to come in. There was a gentle bobbing beneath us as the wharf responded to the gentle waves of the water, seagulls swooped and arced around us and there was glittering sun reflecting off the water for as far as the eye could see.
Being a tourist in your home city never gets old. Especially if home happens to be Sydney...
We sailed past the naval base that we saw from land for our tour of La Esmeralda.
Before meeting our friends for a pre zoo babycino and brief game of trains. There are times when watching Preschooler SSG reminds me of the grandfathers I sometimes see gathering for coffee, a chat and a game of chess at the local shopping centre.
And then we were off around the zoo. There were vague plans of which animals we had to see but there were so many distractions along the way...
That view of the city. Gets me every time.
We paused for moment to cool down with the elephants in the shady, watered corner of their forest enclosure.
And patiently scanned the whole enclosure until we found this tortoise.