I will post the photos from New Zealand and Australia more frequently in the next few days, so I can get back to career and business blogging. I hope these pictures of summer make everyone living in snow and ice feel nice and warm.
The city of Geelong, NZ shows its sense of humor with painted wooden bollards (a short vertical post, originally used to moor ships) that adorn the gardens and parks. Each bollard features historic figures from the town. Daniel Bunce, the man featured above, was the 1857 founder and curator of the Geelong Botanical Garden. Without Twitter or Facebook to keep them occupied, the young women of the day infuriated Bunce by passing time in his garden picking flowers to press in books.
Look what she's holding behind her back:
And now, the summer gardens. When we visited, Australia was recovering from a record heat wave. You know about it if you watched the Australian Open - there were 4 days of over 104 degrees Fahrenheit in Melbourne. Yet the gardens were still brilliant and inviting.