WHEN you get a personal call from the detective's office it can mean only one of two things - there's a story, or I'm being called in for questioning.
Given I haven't left the house in what feels like months, the second scenario - while a far more exciting prospect that my life may in fact be linked to some kind of drama ... any drama - was not likely.
"Detective Durbridge, I'm returning your call," I phoned with anticipation.
"I want you to come and have a look at our garden. It's attracting quite a bit of interest at the moment," was the reply.
What? What would our local detectives have in the garden that's turning so many heads? My drama radar cranked up another notch (I need to get out more).
Detective Shaun Durbridge chuckled.
"We've all built our own garden plots. If it's a slow news day, you should come down and have a look."
Green thumb detectives. That's the kind of story we all need right now.
I ventured down and was pleasantly surprised.
All six detectives - Shaun Durbridge, Louise Currey, Sgt Dave Shaw, Rob Dingle, Dave Halverson and Richard Broomby - have toiled in the soil and produced something rather lovely.
Six brightly painted garden beds brimming with blooms and herbs are flourishing outside the station on Hay Street, Port Macquarie next to the historic court house.
They are all themed and reflect a little bit of their personality. A mosaic artpiece by Detective Currey welcomes you in. It all took just one weekend and they are proud of the result.
"It just shows a bit of pride in the place," Detective Durbridge, a succulents man, said.
"It's nice to see the amount of people who just stop to have a look."
Even the garden gnomes are multiplying. The convict gnome is a mysterious, but welcome newcomer.
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