Sunday drives are in my blood, my genes. Mother has always been taken out for a Sunday drive, by my father and then step father. We will do it occasionally for her. Since I have none of them left, I did not know it was Father's Day.
We collected Mother and ABI Brother and took them to Grants Picnic Ground at Kallista. We heard a bit about ABI brother's overseas adventures and an awful lot more about Mother's medical problems.
I may have been to Grants Picnic Ground before, but I can't remember it. R tells me it used to be where the public fed Crimson Rosellas and there was a homely little tea shop where you can buy Devonshire Teas. Parks Victoria banned the feeding of the birds, but no one took much notice, so they have relented and offer signposted advice, such as washing your hands after feeding the birds.
Nowadays Sulphur Crested Cockatoos outnumber the Crimson Rosellas by about three to one. There were a good few Galahs too. The cockies only want sunflower seeds and the rosellas are quite content with the left overs. The Crimson Rosellas are truly beautiful birds. I hope I have a good snap of one.
We had Devonshire Teas in what is now a very decent cafe, which of course comes with much higher prices. But the food and service were good. While it was too cold to sit out on the decking, I expect it would be lovely on a warm day. There was good information about walks from the park too. I always read these signs, never do the walks though.
Mother came out of the gift shop proclaiming everything they sell is Australian made. The gift shop was quite good. However, I noticed that the caps while designed in Australia, were made in China.
Superbly tall Mountain Ash trees surrounding Grants Picnic Grounds.
The crowd feeding the three different types of birds.
The cockies are quite heavy when sitting on your arm.
A Crimson Rosella. They are more shy than the cockies.
Cockies are very destructive birds at times.