For those not in Victoria, or even Australia, you may not be aware of the tough restrictions we’ve had in the “Melbourne Metro” area regarding COVID19. There have been arguments as to whether the Dandenong Ranges and Shire of Yarra Ranges are metro or regional. But, many feel, it’s because there are a lot who live up here and work in other regions, particularly Melbourne Metro, which could cause the virus to be transmitted up here. Thankfully, numbers have been low.
For quite some time I wasn’t sure if I could go visit local parks or public gardens – we were told we could only walk for exercise and could not drive to a location nearby, but that did, eventually get changed. Thankfully. It meant I could go back to my beloved Birdsland Reserve but also other local places. We can only travel a 5km radius from home and more recently, been allowed to walk with one buddy or friend. So a friend and I elected to visit the George Tindale Gardens and, as it’s Spring, it’s looking stunning right now. Below is one of the beautiful pathways there, a rhododendron in flower, a Lewin’s Honeyeater (thanks for my friend how noticed it for me as wearing glasses and a mask isn’t a good mix so I’m often without my glasses*) and one of the lawned seating areas at these beautiful gardens.
This property was originally purchased by George and Ruth Tindale in 1958 and they are responsible for the beautiful plantings and what we have today, to visit. His wife carried on his legacy after he passed. Today there is a group ‘Friends of George Tindale Gardens’ who manage the property.
* I might be without my glasses when out walking – but they are mostly for short distance and not longer distances. All the same, my diopter on my camera has been adjusted for my eyesight. This ensures I still get sharp pictures of what I’m actually aiming at.