Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Sunday Selections #488



Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.

Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.
  
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle.
 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
I usually run with a theme.  I have often said that my city has a lot of public art.  Some of it I love, some of it I loathe - but I am glad that it is there.  Some of the pieces I am showing are 'old friends' and I look for them each time I go into town.


Some of these are new to my blog and others are repeats.  Heading in to do my voluntary work last week I went through two town centers and this is a small fraction of the art on display.




I think this Lollipop is an inspired marker/advertisement for the Lollipop Child Care Centre.



It  is the slippers which caught my eyes - and make me smile every time I see them.


I really like that boarded up building sites are given a splash of colour with murals on the boards.  These buildings have now been under construction for quite some time, but have not attracted any graffiti.



Then into the city 'proper'.








This is by Anne Ross and is called 'The Other Side of Midnight'.



I certainly classify these plantings as art.






My city has been described as 'a good sheep station - spoiled'.
'Ainslie's Sheep' by Les Kossatz is a satirical salute to one of Canberra's  first pastoralists James Ainslie.  There is also a suburb and a mountain (hill by global standards) named for him.




The birds are yet another example of a creative approach to building sites and are a sliding door for construction workers to go through.




The dogs (which I assume are dingoes) are by Amanda Stuart and are called 'bush pack (nil tenure)'.



I hope that all of you find art, beauty and fun in your weeks to come.

And in Jazz news.  I have now given him the alternative name of Captain Chain Yanker.  He has had a very mixed week and has worried me more than once.  For the moment he is eating, playing and enjoying life.

For several years I have used the phrase 'hiss and spit' as a more or less polite comment on things which displease me.
I laughed out loud when a friend sent me this image yesterday.



149 comments:

  1. We'd never find "Trespassers Welcome" around here, EC. Your homeland is much more loving (despite the same ills, I'm sure). I love the initial splash of color in this post, and I can't imagine how many times the dingoes were mistaken for real life dogs.

    Be well. Be safe and loved.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: The trespassers welcome sign is in poet's corner. From time to time interlopers are invited to pin their poems to a nearby tree - which I love.
      Huge thanks for your wishes too - which I reciprocate.

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  2. Interesting statues. Love the lollipop.

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    1. Jamie Ghione: I am ashamed to admit just how long it took me to realise that the lillipop was an business logo.

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  3. Stunning the statues, love the animals, don't they are innovative.....

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    1. Bob Bushell: I am endlessly grateful that my city has embraced public art.

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  4. Lots of art spread all over the city.

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    1. Caterina: There is. It spreads to the suburbs as well.

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  5. First off...I'm so happy to learn Jazz has picked up and has dance in his step...the dear little fellow. Keep it up, Jazz.

    I love all the art...and the poetry sign. Lovely examples of fun...cleverness.

    Have yourself a good week, EC. More cuddles to Jazz. Take good care...each and every one of you in your household! :)

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    1. Lee: Captain Chain Yanker is not out of the woods yet but the signs are encouraging. I will give him a cuddle if he allows it later. At the moment he is in psycho cat mode.
      Poetry corner is a part of the city centre which pleases me mightily.
      I hope you and the furry overlords have a wonderful week.

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  6. Your images of art are always interesting and often make me smile. It's lovely that the boarded up buildings invite to so much creativity. The sheep though - oh, they are my favorite this week, especially the one in the chair.
    I hope Jazz continues to be better and "hissing in your general direction".

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    1. Carola Bartz: Much of our public art makes me smile - though some has me scratching my head as well. I am a big fan of Ainslie's sheep too - and had to wait until a group of teenagers moved away to take photos. The standing sheep was used as a chair...
      Jazz is definitely hissing this morning. And scratching too.

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  7. I adore the abundant artwork splashed around your city! The bunny slippers are a riot. :)
    The hissing cat meme is my new favorite and certainly describes my mood! Please give Captain Chain Yanker my love and to you as well. Try to avoid the claws...

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    1. River Fairchild: Aren't those slippers great? I am (just in case you hadn't noticed) a fan of the small things.
      Captain Chain Yanker and I thank you. He also hisses.

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  8. You have a good variety of art in your city and a lot of it also. The artists must be well supported.
    I love the sheep and ram best.

    Hugs, Julia

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    1. Julia: There is a heap of public art. Some of it has been here for as long as I can remember (Ainslie's Sheep) and other pieces are new. I welcome all of it.
      Have a wonderful (and healthy) week.

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  9. So, is the plaque there because a baby was born in that spot?

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    1. Mike: It seems so. Such a very public spot too.

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  10. Thinking of you and Jazz and sending good thoughts your way.

    The slippers made me smile too.

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    1. Marie Smith: Thank you. And a big hooray for smile producing slippers.

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  11. Wonderful post, Sue. It is the whimsy in life that often catches our attention and makes us smile. We should never lose our ability to chuckle at the slippers in whatever guise we find them. Well done with this. I felt warm and cozy by the time I reached the end of your post.

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: I hope that I continue to find (and revel in) quirky whimsy. I am still tickled that the artist included those bunny slippers.

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  12. Your Sunday selections are so uniformly wonderful, you may hiss them in my direction, weekly.
    I hope Jazz carries on for some time. You needn't tell him I said so. He takes little encouragement.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Many thanks. Jazz surprised the vet last time, and I will admit has surprised me this time.

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  13. Your city obviously has some inspired (and inspirational) people amongst its administrators - hooray for them! And we're lucky that you notice all of these wonderful creations and allow us to enjoy the details! The birds are beautiful, the dingoes are suitably dangerous-looking, the slippers look very comfortable...
    My absolute favourite this week is the relaxed sheep - is it sunbathing? Hilarious. And the hissing cat of course:)
    I hope you enjoy your week, and that Jazz treats you nicely. Take care.

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    1. Alexia: Much of the public art was given to us by a previous Chief Minister. The same Chief Minister gave us the arboretum. I am glad that both remain - and are being expanded.
      I suspect that sheep is about to be shorn. Jazz? Treat me nicely? Hah.

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  14. The world is full of interesting things.
    Merle.........

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  15. Excellent mix as usual. Was that plaque a birth announcement? How intriguing. Love the cat meme. General Direction is such a good turn of phrase!

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman: I can only assume that the plaque is a birth announcement. If I was the child in question I would probably cringe every time I went past - until the time I could celebrate it.

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  16. Beautiful art, i'd go out of my way to see those places on my way through town.

    In our neighborhood, the crepe myrtles are blooming.

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    1. messymimi: Crepe myrtles? I really look forward to seeing them. I make a point of stopping to look at some of these pieces of art each and every time I am in their vicinity.

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  17. The I hiss in your general direction is funny. I love the lollipop, what a fun burst of happiness to see.

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    1. The Happy Whisk: Jazz frequently hisses (and spits) in everyone's direction. I am more selective.

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  18. Your city has some amazing art, I love the little ballerina and her dogs, the whimsical sheep are cute and those bunny slippers made me smile too.
    That must be a Monty Python cat :)

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    1. River: Of course it is a Monty Python cat. And the hisses are probably no less deadly than the farts.

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  19. Those sheep! Laughed til my glasses needed wiping. As for Mr. Hiss...
    When he's in smooch mood give him one for me.Otherwise, just hiss in his direction.

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    1. dinahmow: Next time you come this way we will go and visit Ainslie's sheep.
      If I purr in Jazz's direction he purrs back. I suspect the same would be true if I hiss at him. I may try.

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  20. Goodness, those creature where people walk, no one trips over them I suppose, it's the matter of looking where you are going.
    They are lovely as all the photos are, a good variety.

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    1. Margaret D: I have never seen anyone trip over any of these works. I am a complete klutz and have never been in any danger either.

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  21. So many things to make one smile! Even a cat with an almost quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I loved the slippers. I loved the sheep in the chair. Wonderful smiles.

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    1. Bill: Smiles are very welcome aren't they? Particularly at the moment.

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  22. Hi EC - the sculptures are all so clever ... love the Ainslie sheep, as too your slippers ... and yes art on building boards is wonderful to admire and to walk along with. The lollipop is special ... so glad Jazz is settled at the moment ... take care - Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: The appreciator in me is endlessly grateful for our public art - and that Jazz is, for the moment, on an upward trajectory. Stay well, and be careful as your lockdown eases.

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  23. Dear EC
    Thank you for sharing these joyful art works. I loved the bunny slippers too, and the sheep and the dogs and the head of David...in fact, it was all wonderful! I wish our city had more colourful work in it - the only thing I can think of is a hoarding with colourful versions of the Lincoln Imp, which brightens up the High Street but isn't designed to be permanent.
    A lovely start to a windy and cloudy Sunday.
    Also love the cat at the end - I laughed out loud too.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: I don't think our hoardings with the murals were designed to be permanent either - but they have beent there for a very long time.
      I hope your windy and cloudy Sunday has some high points. Ours was chilly - but sunny.

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  24. I love the sheep! And can hardly imagine going out for the afternoon and coming back with a baby. It's not rare, though. An acquaintance of mine had a baby in a shopping centre bathroom!

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    1. kylie: I have wondered since I first saw Ms Bone's story whether she was in town to see a doctor. The hospital isn't far away. I can remember in my earlier working career talking to a mother who kept her daughter home from school because she had a stomach ache, and that the ache proved to be a six pound daughter. Rare(ish) but not unheard of.

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  25. I like the very interesting art work in the city, especially the sheep made me smile. Thanks for a great tour of city art.

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    1. Rosie: It is my pleasure and I am glad you enjoyed it.

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  26. the murals and sculptures that people come up with are so amazing, and I'm thankful that you find such lovely ones to share. Hugs, RO

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    1. RO: I am a beauty addict and find it everywhere. I hope you are doing well.
      Huge hugs to you my friend.

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  27. I love these murals, amazing!

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    1. Natalia: Aren't they are wonderful way to brighten up construction work?

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  28. I really enjoyed that wander with you. Isn't it funny how something takes our fancy, I particularly like those sheep for some reason

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    1. Kim: I am a big fan of Ainslie's sheep too. My path doesn't often take me past them, but I am always glad when it does.

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  29. I love street art. The private poetry sign made me smile.
    Stay safe.

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    1. Rick Watson: I love street art too. It always improves the landscape.
      I hope that you are safe too.

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  30. That last meme is funny. I like it. I like the spoiled rotten ram art too. Trespassers Welcome.

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    1. Strayer: Quirky fun is ALWAYS welcome isn't it?

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  31. Those sheep - they must have been around for a long time. The staning one is quite worn. Art that is used and touched is the very best. Love your sharing of these wonder ful places.

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    1. Charlotte (MotherOwl): Ainslie's Sheep have been around for a very long time. I love them and have often smiled to see people sitting on the standing sheep. The dogs frequently get a pat from passersby too - as do the dingoes.

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  32. You have some fascinating art pieces in Canberra. We have a couple of weird ones in Kitchener. So weird nobody seems to have ever posted a picture.

    Love the Hiss picture.

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    1. Jo: We have several weird ones too. I will post some of them later as well. As I said I don't like all of our public art, or understand it but I do love that it is there.

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  33. You are blessed to have a city which embraces "art, beauty and fun"!

    Thank you for sharing a bit of it with all of us, EC!

    Hope you are well. All here is good. (Gini says "Yeah, good and hot and humid!")

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    1. Wally Jones: I am indeed blessed.
      I am well - but you are more than welcome to keep your heat and humidity. Mind you I do know that the dragon flies you so often show us thrive in those conditions...

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  34. Love "The Other Side of Midnight" and of course the poetry sign. But, I'm grateful to you for the excursion, for showing us what an artful city looks like. I'm a bit envious.

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    1. Myrna R.: There is a LOT of public art in the city centre. I think that every block has at least two or three pieces, some big, some small. I am sure that I would find the city soulless and depressing without it.

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  35. Oh my goodness, what happiness on this journey with you. I have to smile too, and the city proper, what adorable moments there. It's always a treat to roam along with you. Enjoy your week of new and old adventures in new lights!

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    1. 21 Wits: I am so often grateful for the quirky fun you find and share and am glad to reciprocate.

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  36. I LOVE your local art, especially the slippers and the funny sheep. And glad to hear Jazz is doing well. As you seem to be as well. Sending you lots of love. :-)

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    1. DJan: Thank you. I am struggling a bit, but much much better now that Jazz has (crossing fingers and touching wood) turned the corner. The psycho cat from hell has staked a claim on my heart.

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  37. I am truly amazed by the many sculptures in your town. Awesome! So beautiful.

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    1. gigi-hawaii: Isn't it a wonderful way to decorate a city?

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  38. Some really nice local art. I am smitten with the Ainslie's Sheep! I hope Jazz continues to enjoy life.

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    1. Karen: I am glad that Ainslie's Sheep takes your fancy. Jazz has now had three good days in a row!!! Which is wonderful.

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  39. You always find the most interesting places. Garema Place, I remember writing on that post.

    When you post these pieces of art, it makes me smile.

    Where are my corellas?

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    1. Susan Kane: I remember several wonderful posts from you and others about Linette Bone's placque. Interestingly I don't think I have ever seen corellas in the city. I will post some more for you soon(ish).

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  40. You ran through my mind today, I was wondering how you're doing. Lovely to see you again, here, Child.

    This is one of the things I love about Oz...the public art. I've seen mosaics in the sidewalk / pathways too.

    Did you pose those 4 leaves leading to the plants? (Smile).

    I love every picture here.

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    1. neena maiya (guyana gyal): It is lovely to see you here. Nature was the artist who posed those leaves. The very best of artists, with an amazing colour palette and spectacular galleries.

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  41. Lovely stuff. I especially like Photo 3 and the sheep on the bench (and of course the cat at the end).

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    1. Andrew R. Scott: The public art in the city is so varied I think that most people would/could/should find something to enjoy. Amd greedy people like me find a lot to make them smile.

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  42. Always love your pics. The art on the boarded up buildings is gorgeous! Love that no grafitti has marred it!

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    1. Jemi Fraser: Those buildings have been boarded up for over a year now. No graffiti is an incredible testament to the idea of beautifying them with murals.

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  43. Love this! Great sights for you as you make your way into town. Love the kitty hisser :) One of my old sayings is spitting feathers. Not sure the origin of this saying but it's usually when I'm a 'little' miffed at something or other. Always makes me smile somehow.

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    1. DeniseinVA: Thank you. I love the hissing cat too - though the meme inflicts less damage on me than Jazz. Spitting feathers is a phrase I haven't heard before.

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  44. Just found this:

    http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-spi4.htm

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    1. DeniseinVA: Thank you for this. A phrase I have never heard (despite my English heritage). The version which means being parched makes more sense to me though...

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  45. As always, Sue, an uplifting set of photographs. I didn't realize Canberra had so much! My little village has none! Brisbane has plenty, lots heritage inspired. I love arty plantings too.

    I do hope this week is good for you!

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    1. Denise Covey: We have some heritage based statuary, but surprisingly little (which is probably just as well given the current reaction to them). I hope this week is gentle too - and thank you.

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  46. Wonderful Art. I love the idea of murals on construction walls. We are lucky to have the grass mowed here. We have a bit of art. The few statues we have are being pulled down. Our history can be uncomfortable for some. Change is good. But we do need things to look at.

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    1. Ann Bennett: The grass mowing is an entirely different section of our local government and the lawns often look very shaggy. I am grateful for our art, and equally grateful that very little of it is contentious on a historic or racial level.

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  47. Never seen a sign saying Trespassers are welcome.

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    1. peppylady (Dora): Away from Poet's Corner you are unlikely to see signs like that here either.

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  48. I wish with all my heart I could justice to this wonderful post because I know how much you put into each one. I thank you for the kindness and support you’ve given me, it’s meant so much. I will keep coming to visit,, popping up,, just like a bad penny!

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    1. L: Dear Laurie you are more than welcome whenever you come by - and I will do my best to remember to describe the myriad of images I post more clearly for you. A bad penny you are not. A pearl without price is a more accurate decision.

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  49. La pecora sdraiata mi piace.
    Ciao EC, buon inizio settimana.

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    1. Giancarlo: Ainslie's sheep is pretty special isn't it?

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  50. Ainslie's Sheep looks so cozy!

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    1. John Wiswell: More comfortable than most sheep about to be shorn...

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  51. Your community and your city is beautiful. Glad to Jazz is doing well and hope that continues. Love the Hiss photo. Take care, my friend.

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    1. Mason Canyon: Thank you - on all counts. I hope that you are also safe and well.

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  53. These are all wonderful.. street art always brings a smile to my face.

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    1. Hena Tayeb: I am a big, big fan of street art too.

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  54. Hi EC,

    Some of the art is very good - but as a rule I don't like werid stuff at all - and I have seen some very weird "art".

    :o)

    Cheers

    PM

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    1. Plastic Mancunian: I am often a fan of the weird, but some pieces around the city I just don't understand/appreciate.

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  55. I love the street art. Some people are so talented.

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    1. Mary Kirkland: I agree about the talent. Lots and lots of it - which fills me with awe and delight.

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  56. I love the humour you've included in this post, EC. The animal in bunny slippers (armadillo? or something else?), the cat meme, the very human looking sheep :)

    You and Charlotte talked about people interacting with the statues. It's funny, isn't it, how people are drawn to pat statues of animals? It's quite a strong urge, to be sure.

    I hope Jazz continues to have good days. It's a hopeful sign that he has had a few in a row now. Pets can turn our world upside down.

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    1. jenny_o: I need humour every bit as much as I need beauty. Jazz is (mostly) on the up and up still. Which is lovely. He can indeed turn my world and my head upside down.

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  57. I probably should have said "human-behaving sheep" rather than human looking sheep :)

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  58. Son buenos elemento decorativos que embellecen la ciudad ya al que todo fotógrafo le encantaría fotografiar.

    Que tengas una linda semana

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    1. VENTANA DE FOTO: I think that many people are so used to them that they don't see them any more - which is sad. I quite often take photographs, but rarely see other photographers.

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  59. That lollipop is quite big, whoa! 😏 The Other Side of Midnight' is amazing, I love it! 💛🧡💚

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    1. Hot guys: The lollipop is huge. I think it must be at least 15 feet tall. Lots of people really like The Other Side of Midnight. I enjoy it, but other pieces speak to me more.

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  60. How interesting. There be metaphors within the stationary souls of these lifeforms, allow me to set them free. A wolf in sheeps clothing... The eagle is powerful, flying high above the wrinkled sea.... It is goodness which gives excellence, so I say again we have much to hope from the flowers... That lady with all the nos in her head was probably a very smart mathematician. So I googled Katherine Johnson NASA.

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    1. Spacer Guy: I love the way that you share what some of these pieces mean to you - art appreciation is such an individual and subjective thing. We all take something of ourselves to the party, which changes the pieces (on a temporary basis).

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  61. Wow! You really do have a lot of art in your city. I don't see a lot of are in my city or the ones next to me. I am going to have to keep my eyes out and see what I am missing. I can see why those slippers make you smile!

    Have a wonderful and safe week!
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: We do have a lot of art. Going to do the grocery shopping this morning yet another set registered. The car park walls are blazoned with murals. I will take some photos there another day.
      You too stay safe. Please.

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  62. Wow, what wonderful and whimsical art you have in your area! The bunny slippers made me chuckle - I wouldn't have even noticed them if you hadn't pointed them out.

    I'm glad Jazz is stable(ish) this week - it's so difficult and stressful when a pet is sick. I hope his health "behaves" for a good long while.

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    1. Diane Henders: My trivial mind was drawn to the bunny slippers and I smile thinking of them. Jazz continues to yank my chains but seems (touch wood) to be on a consistent upward trajectory at the moment.

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  63. Cool statues and graffiti ❤

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  64. Haha I love the cat...really made me laugh!!
    Gosh, those statues and pictures are fantastic...I wish our building sites were adorned with such art. Everything here is so drab in comparison!
    Thank you so much for sharing!😊

    I hope you are well...and are keeping safe and happy.

    Lots of love and hugs xxx

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    1. Ygraine: It strikes me as a very catty pose - On his good days Jazz rocks that look (and sentiment).
      The Chief Minister who made the commitment to LOTS of public art has long since gone, but his work lives on.
      Huge hugs to you too.

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  65. I love the art work, especially private poetry:), and that your city is sprinkled with it.
    Thinking of you and Jazz.
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: It is a very generous sprinkle of art too - which is lovely.
      Jazz and I thank you. Bigly.

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  66. You certainly do have some varied art in your city, lovely to see.
    Yes, those slippers which caught your eye, and I'm pleased you shared, made me smile too :)

    Take care of yourself and Jazz.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Who knew that slippers could provoke smiles the world over. I am so glad they did though.
      And thank you. I hope that you, Eddie and your family are safe and happy.

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  67. I like the murals, and picture is called The other side of midbight..

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    1. Justcherry: I like the murals too - and have no idea why that statue is called The Other Side of Midnight.

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  68. A city with so much Art on the walls and sculptures is a well loved city. I especially love the dancing girl in her pink tutu. And of course the dogs accompanying her dance

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    1. kestrel: Interestingly my city is widely criticised as dull and boring. I don't agree.

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  69. So much joyful art! Love it.

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    1. Lady Fi: I do too. I can't imagine the city without it - and don't want to either.

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  70. Wow your city is full of so much nice artwork! I love the sheep! So clever and funny.

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  71. I just have to tell you I totally enjoyed this entire post, but especially the sheep curled in the chair and....oh my....that hiss in your direction. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I am a huge Issa fan. He had so much to say, in so very few words.

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    1. J C: Thank you. I really enjoy haiku (an art form I cannot master). Simple, elegant and often packing a powerful message.

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  72. Hahahaha, the sheep and the dogs are fabulous! I also can see you in a pair of those slippers, me too. Great to see you're getting out and about, you do live in such a lovely place dearie x

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    1. Starshine Twinkletoes: No slippers here (though I can admire them on others). I really like those sculptures too, and need to revisit them more often. Stay well, stay safe.

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