Gemma-Rose and I gaze upon the flowers.
They’re pretty, bright, colourful, showy. A gorgeous backdrop for a photo. We raise our cameras.
Cameras down. We look around. There’s a Chinese gentleman. He’s standing in a garden bed erecting a parasol.
We ask a question: Why?
The man smiles. His eyes sparkle. Words tumble from his mouth: I’m sheltering the peonies – the imperial flower of China – from the warm Australian sun.
There’s more. We lean closer and listen. The man tells us about his vision: the blending of two cultures within his garden. He shares his passion.
Gemma-Rose and I behold the peonies.
They’re delicate, charming, graceful, elegant. An imposing backdrop for a photo. We raise our cameras.
It begins with a question. It ends with lives enriched by the sharing of a passion.
An unexpected connection on a warm Australian day.
When was the last time your life was enriched by the sharing of a passion?