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There are a lot of different places to see around Canberra for visitors and it’s usually the more tourist spots that people are taken to. I had my Goddaughter Stephanie and her husband Anthony visiting so as it was pouring rain pretty much all weekend we decided to have a late breakfast on the Sunday at a local cafe that I have grown to love. The Knox Made cafe has a large vegan menu and on this occasion I chose the Vegan Benny which has smooth avocado with sautéed spinach and Miso mushrooms and a pumpkin almond hollandaise all on house made sourdough. I have never tried a vegan hollandaise before and I must say I loved it…so delicious…and I had a pot of peppermint tea. Anthony ordered the Eggs Benny with bacon on a house made English muffin along with all the usual sides and loved it so much there was nothing left on the plate. Steph ordered The Avo which came with poached local eggs, smashed avo, pickled cucumber, confit tomatoes on the vine, marinated feta and a quinoa and herb salad with dukkah…and a side of haloumi.

The moment we left breakfast the rain stopped which was great, so I decided to take my visitors to see the roses at the National Rose Garden which is located at Old Parliament House. The gardens opened in 1933 and exhibit both Australian and overseas roses and also a variety of beautiful trees. The first I saw was when just about to enter the gardens; a stunning tree, a Paperbark I think and then various other beauties inside the garden.

The first thing we noticed when we went into the garden was how much the heavy rain and wind had damaged the roses but when you walk through the garden you can still see how gorgeous some of the roses are and the fragrance is just beautiful! There is wisteria and also rose covered pergolas, unfortunately the wisteria had already bloomed but the walkways were still lovely.

The three of us spoke about how fabulous it would be taking a break from work and enjoy your lunch on one of the benches under a trees or out in the open in the sunshine. A lovely way to relax and look at and smell the beautiful roses.

But it was the roses we really came to see and apart from some of them looking a little weathered as I mentioned, from the elements, we still enjoyed a lovely walk with delightful aromas every time you walked past the different rose bushes.

And then it was time for me to take close ups of some of the different coloured roses. One thing I found very interesting was how many different varieties of roses there are; such different blooms and all beautiful! Such a great place to visit and my visitors loved it too which was great.