It was the first Sunday of Autumn. A gentle nor-easter eased in over the waters of Farm Cove. The temperature hovered somewhere between 27 and 30C. The sun shone. The sky was a brilliant blue.
And the crowd built up.
The Royal Botanic Gardens hold pride of place on the foreshore of Sydney. In another five years, they will have been established for 200 years. A project of that remarkable couple, Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie.
Come with me over the next couple of days as I take in the mellow sounds of Autumn, amid the rather long, moist lawns of the gardens.