Last week we had almost perfect summer weather. After months of rain, everything was looking green and calm.
The sun shone softly in the early morning, and we decided to walk around Lake Burley Griffin, rather than our usual suburban pathways.
Only the keen cyclists, rowers, those with canoes, and joggers are out and about at this time in the morning.
Along the way we looked back at Canberra’s skyline and watched six ducks deciding which one would jump first.
It was very tricky taking a photo….. which one would jump first? .. and next …
Only one duck left, thank goodness she eventually jumped too!
We walked through the Canberra Nara Peace park, which features a small Japanese themed garden.
This park has an annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival, held in October….weather permitting…this year it was flooded out until early December.
We have missed this festival every year, including this one!
However, from photos I have seen, the lighted candles resting on cobbled stones in the Japanese garden look wonderful at night.
We went past the World Peace Bell, rung on World Peace Day on the third Tuesday in September each year.
As I looked through the news and information on the Peace Bell it was heartening to see so many people, from the very young to the very old attend this festival every year.
Canberra’s Peace bell is 350 kilograms and is the 23rd in the world and the second in Australia.
The wonderful part of living in a capital city, is that we see, first hand, some of the positive events happening between countries.
This amazing sapling, descendant of the Ginkgo tree in Hiroshima, only arrived in Canberra on the 6th May 2022.
It was gifted to the ACT government, by The Green Legacy Hiroshima, and it is a wonderful symbol of hope and peace.
We enjoyed our walk, even more so for seeing such symbols of hope on this very peaceful morning.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog today, and I hope you are enjoying your day, regardless of winter or summer, in your part of the world.
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