Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Summer lovin'

Each year the Friends of the Australian National Botanical Gardens arrange a series of concerts in the gardens during summer. This year there were musical interludes each Saturday and Sunday evening in January.

For a gold coin donation you get to sit under a canopy of eucalypts for a couple of hours and listen to some fine jazz, blues or swing music, depending on the evening. It's hugely popular, even with the local fauna.

The Old Flame and I managed to get to the last two, taking a picnic of hummus, bread, wine and knitting.

Although on this particular night, I'm not sure who was enjoying the evening more.


The Shopping Sherpa said...

Kangaroo in background:

"Oh! Look! She brought her knitting along!"

"Where's mine? I'm sure it must be round here somewhere..."

"Oh hang on, maybe I popped it in here?"

"Goddamn it I left it at home!"

Taphophile said...

Heh, heh. But it was definitely a boy kangaroo. Not saying he doesn't knit, but he doesn't have a built in knitting bag.

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Petunia said...

Question from far away: Is it quite normal for the kangaroos to come right up to you like that? Here, we have many deer, but they would never come up that close.

Also - what sort of music did he seem to prefer?

Taphophile said...

This kangaroo was quite used to humans. He didn't approach us, it was the other way around. We could get to within a couple of metres of him before he moved off. There was a lot of people around and he let them get so far, but not within touching distance.

Not that touching is a good idea. They are strong and unpredictable and can do a lot of damage to soft flesh with their legs and nails.

I suspect he preferred swing.