To one who has been long in city pent,
'Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven, - to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament.
~John Keats, Sonnet XIV
In the midst of the grey Parliamentary Triangle in Canberra where public servants roam and new building construction ominously signals more parking congestion in the future, it is always a relief to fund some pockets of green. Here are a few insider's pics of Sydney Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares in the government precinct. I always breathe deeply when I see some open space, the cherry blossoms and an totally unexpected bed of pansies under a wisteria vine in a building courtyard. I hope the powers-that-be preserve these little gems. They bring a little soul to the place.