You know what it's like. The washing is still staring at you...
I've found as I get older I need nature fixes more often. I even choose it over wine these days. What? Mmmmm. The mornings after are getting rougher.
I've come to realise that sitting and huffing over Instagram that you never bloody go anywhere is ridiculous. You just need to get in the car. Or on your bike. Or horse if you're lucky. And go. Up. The. Road. Who cares if it's not the Caribbean luv.
I did just that last Saturday. With a handful of nature lovers too. The type that know you want your space. Smile and nod. Don't ramble in your ear about the World's problems. Bliss. They're onto nature fixes as well.
So where did I go? Up the road. Ten minutes away... I visited the Waite Arboretum - on 30 hectares in the burbs of Adelaide! It's part of the University of Adelaide's Waite Historic Precinct. Adjacent is stunning Urrbrae House. This grand old dame and amazing surrounds were bequeathed to the Uni by Peter Waite in 1914. I'm embarrassed to say I've only ever driven past.
The beautiful c1929 Dracaena draco tree is amazing. See above pic - it feels like one big hug. Just stand under it and you get your much needed nature fix.
The best bit. Nature fixes are free. And this gem of a place is open every day of the year. No excuses now. Always excuses for doing the washing though. I don't need to tell you any more. Go!
Smile. Nod. Even wave. Then enjoy.