I feel so lucky every day that I get to do a job that I love. But to make things even better, I get to do it in this beautiful park. My office window looks out onto one of my favourite parts of Stewart Park, the Victorian Walled Garden. When my eyes wander from my screen I often enjoy people watching; couples will wander around and sit on the bench and families will explore the many different plants. I love to set off with the camera and take pictures of all of the wonderful features of the park, and make sure to share these on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The view from my office window
Last week I accompanied my sister and her dog Jet on a walk around the park. We might not have managed the full 100+ acres that Stewart Park boasts, but Jet was certainly tired by the end! The park is a great place to tire a dog out and we met many others along the way.
Jet enjoying the park
We stopped for gelato at Cook’s Café, located inside the Captain Cook’s Birthplace Museum. We’re lucky to have not one but two delicious cafes in the park, the other being Henry’s Café. I’ll definitely be returning for more gelato sooner rather than later…
Gelato with a view
It’s easy to focus on the renovation of the Central Lodge and forget about the rest of the park, but in reality we have rich heritage throughout the entirety of the land. I wandered down to Bolckow’s folly and the stone loggia, sadly the only remnant of Marton Hall.
The Garden Temple, otherwise known as a ‘folly’
The stone loggia is the only remnant of Marton Hall
In both places the tiling is fantastic and makes you appreciate just how extravagant the rest of the Hall must have been. I wish that I could have seen the Hall in all its glory, but seeing the Central Lodge is still a fantastic experience.
The tiling on the floor of the folly
Stewart Park has so much to offer, so why not pay it a visit this weekend?