Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Sunday Selections #514

 


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 am again reverting to type and showing some of the public art in my city.  Public art which I welcome even when I don't like the individual pieces.

We have a lot of public art and my city recently acquired two new statues.  The first is of a politician and I haven't been to see it.  It is somewhere in our Parliamentary Triangle.

The second is of Andrew Inglis Clark who co-authored our Constitution.  His statue now stands in the city facing down Constitution Avenue (goodness how predictably appropriate).  I apologise that I couldn't get any closer.  The building he stands beside is under construction and roped off.  I will go back and get the artist's details when I can.


Both of our newest statues are of men.  White men.  Which has people asking 'where are the statues of women? (of any colour).  Where indeed?

If I had my druthers I would LOVE to see a statue of Stasia Dabrowski (Canberra's soup kitchen lady).  This link will show you why I think that Canberra, and specifically Garema Place in the city would be the perfect place for a statue of her.  Stasia died last year and I am very pleased to say that her grandson continues her work.

My next photos are of Garema Place which has recently been tarted up/rejuvenated.  Garema Place does look better at the moment, but the need that Stasia and her family met remains, and nothing has been done to address the issues which cause and perpetuate that need.








My detour to photograph the statue of Andrew Inglis Clark also took me past this statue.  I like it and perhaps it is my obsessional nature talking but I can see a stylised kangaroo in it (and kangaroo's balance is after all superb).



You may have to embiggen to read the artist's details.   And of course there were other wonders in my early morning wander through the city.







The last shots are of my city's stylised Christmas tree.  I really enjoyed wandering under it and looking up.

As a postscript.  On my last Sunday Selections post neena maiya (guyana gyal) asked whether the seed pods from the honesty retained their silvery colour.  They do, and can be treated like an everlasting.  Thanks to her reminder I have a vase of them inside for the first time in years.



 

I hope your year is off to an excellent start and that your day's are filled with joy and wonder.


 

135 comments:

  1. Many wonders today.
    Good on folks like Stasia Dabrowski...and you.
    Hoping 2021 is a healthy New Year.
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: Stasia continued her sterling work for close to forty years. I am so glad that her grandson continues the tradtion. And yes, we all hope for a healthy and happy New Year.

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  2. Dear EC
    Thank you for sharing more art works around the city. I think a statue of Stasia would be most appropriate (and important). Women do seem to be somewhat left out of history, with only a few deemed memorable by the powers that be.
    Have a good week and stay safe.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: I would love to see a statue of Stasia. She was awarded the title of Local Hero here, and she was certainly that - and more. I hope you have an excellent art and garden filled week.

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  3. My day is even better after my visit with you!❤️ Beautiful photos !

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    1. Laurie: What a lovely thing to say - and I am glad that your vision allowed you to see my photos this week.

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  4. That is a really cool looking tree.
    Look like they did a nice job with that area of the city.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: I expect the tree looks even better at night.

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  5. Lovely to have more public art in the city. We have a few pieces here in my small town, but could always use more. I like the idea of walking in to the red Christmas tree installation. Is it made of cloth, or some kind of mesh? I see the light coming through it.
    I like that statue of Andrew Inglis Clark, especially as he is not standing on a plinth up above the people.

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    1. Shammickite: I think the tree is some form of plastic. It is rigid - but the light does indeed come through. As I said to Alex it would have looked even better at night. I like Andrew Inglis Clark's statue too - it has more movement to it than many.

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  6. You share the most exquisite, unique sculptures.

    A very Happy, warmloving New Year, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: I am so glad that my city is filled with public art. You have a wonderful happy, healthy year too.

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  7. You should have left "tarted up." It is beautiful and a joy to look at but politicians use beauty too often to cover up the underlying issues... and the people suffering from the oversight.
    In this "enlightened" age I truly wonder if women will ever gain equal stature (and statues) when our only disadvantage over the millennia was physical strength. Sure speaks to the brute force mindset still present. As to color/race/ethnic issues, aren't we all just human??! Don't get me started...
    Thank you for all you do, whether it's sharing your photos or helping others. You continue to be you, no matter what. That's what I love about you!

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    1. River Fairchild: Thank you. I was feeling ungrateful about my reaction to the rejuvenation. It WAS needed and does look better, but... On the plus side those curving wooden benches will probably make a reasonable bed for some of the rough sleepers.
      Re your last sentence? I fail at so many things. Being me is something I can do (even if I don't always like her).

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  8. Like the pieces of cutlery over the drain--very intriguing.

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    1. Jamie Ghione: It is a nice touch isn't it - and there are a lot of restaurants in the area so it is quite appropriate.

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  9. I like the art in the park. We have a few of those art venues here also. Looks like a post for me.

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    1. Mike: Our city and many of the suburbs as well are packed with art - which I love. I would be very interested in seeing a post about yours.

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  10. The rejuvenated area looks great and there appears to be adequate shade too. Good to see lots of public art and Ms Dabrowski certainly is worthy of being remembered with a statue.

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    1. Andrew: It does look good, though I do hope that sufficient attention is given to the plantings. I am wondering just who to contact to suggest that Stasia Dabrowski would be a wonderful subject for a Canberra statue.

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  11. I've enjoyed my quick search of Stacia Dabrowski. It is amazing how some people know who they are and deliver. She is certainly an admirable person which is a breath of fresh air.

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    1. Ann Bennett: She was indeed a wonderful person. And is missed, despite her grandson carrying on.

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  12. With just about everything these days it's "damned if you do...damned if you don't" There are always some waving their hands in the air, when, perhaps, they could put those hands (and words) to better use. :)

    Happy New Year, EC...I hope 2021 treats you and yours kindly. Cuddles to Jazz :)

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    1. Lee: The first part of your comment loses me a bit. I am sure that there have been many women deserving of the accolade of a public statue, and Stasia is a prime example. Or perhaps I am a hand waver.
      A very happy New Year to you and your furry overlords - we had a bit of very welcome rain this morning.

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  13. Your pictures, as always, are very much appreciated. I enjoyed them very much, but the seed pods at the end are simply stunning, my favorites. Thank you so much! :-)

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    1. DJan: Honesty is an 'old-fashioned' plant but I was glad to be reminded that the seed pods looked good in a vase.

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  14. Another great selection of photographs to start the New Year!
    I do like your city's stylised Christmas tree, what a wonderful colour it is.
    Also lovely to see the honesty in your vase, they make a very nice display.

    Happy New Year Wishes.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Thank you. I liked the tree too, and am glad I was reminded to bring some honesty pods inside.
      All the best to you and Eddie.

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  15. Your city deserves an award for the way it incorporates art, colour, and beauty into the lives of those lucky people who live there and are able to appreciate it. I really like the Andrew Inglis Clark statue; it looks as if it's copper, but I guess it isn't. I like the cutlery on the grating too, and the coloured rectangles on the ground, and the 'balance and poise' of the red statue. Thank you, and enjoy your honesty pods. They look lovely!
    Oh - and what an amazing woman Stasia Dabrowski was. If anyone deserves a memorial statue, she does!

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    1. Alexia: Thank you. When the Chief Minister of the time started flooding the city with arts there were lots of complaints. Yes it was initially expensive, but many years down the track the city is still benefiting from his vision (he was also the Chief Minister we have to thank for the arboretum).

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  16. I sure hope that your hero Stasia Dabroski get recognized with a significant statue to recognize her contribution to your city.

    Your honesty plant silvery pods are so regal.

    Stay safe and well.
    Happy New year.
    Hugs, Julia

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    1. Julia: Thank you. She was honoured while she was alive - and dismissed them and her work as unimportant. I would dearly love to see a perpetual reminder of her in the city.
      I do love honesty, the plants are insignificant while they are growing but the seed pods are lovely. They self seed well too.
      You stay safe too please.

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  17. Indeed, where are the statues to the ordinary people who make the world go 'round each and every day? Something i've often wondered.

    Beautiful photos.

    My selections will be over here.

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    1. messymimi: The ordinary people who do their job day after day after day...
      I look forward to your selections.

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  18. Uh-Oh, someone dropped a handful of cutlery on the way to the kitchen.
    I like the red Christmas tree and the echoed shape in the water fountain is a nice touch.

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    1. River: Thank you. I am always fond of that fountain and you are right about the echo.

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  19. We have our first serious snowfall tonight. I much prefer the beautiful sights you’ve shared EC.

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    1. Marie Smith: I strongly suspect that the snow I have seen would pale into insignificance next to your 'first serious snowfall'. Stay warm, stay safe.

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  20. Oh the honesty in a vase, that's exactly how my wonderful grandmother used to display it. I've mentioned her and honesty in comments to you before but I'd never explained about the vase. It looks beautiful!

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    1. Kim: It is a lovely sight - and I am glad to trigger memories of your grandmother.

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  21. Thank you for an interesting tour of your city's beautiful art. You are blessed with such clean streets and areas. Happy 2021 to you. May it be a healthy and prosperous year for all. Jo

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    1. Jo: Thank you. Most of our city is clean. Which is lovely. A very happy and healthy 2021 to you and your furry family.

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  22. Interesting street art
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. peppylady (Dora): Thank you. I do enjoy our street art. I will pass on the coffee (which doesn't agree with me). You stay safe too please.

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  23. What a beautiful story of the Soup Kitchen lady. I am always touched when I see what a big impact ordinary people can make. I love the tour of the city and the art work. I am with you. Where are the statues of women, (any color). Have a safe and healthy new year.

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    1. Glenda Beall: Stasia was an extraordinary ordinary person wasn't she? I hadn't really thought about the statue question before but now I am. There are decorative statues depicting women, but few that I know of to commemorate their achievements. I hope your New Year is safe, healthy and happy.

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  24. Wow, those are beautiful, the seed pods, now inside, and so is the stylish Christmas tree. You have a lot of beautiful art in your city, EC.

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    1. Strayer: We do, and I am endlessly grateful for it.

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  25. You raise an interesting question: where are the statues of women in any of the western world cities. I'm thinking of Canada and the US, of Russia and Europe. I think there are a few statues of queens and maybe one or two of female artists, but I'm not sure where. On the other hand, there are many statues of men throughout the world.
    I'd have cried inequality if I didn't know that there are many more depictions of women in paintings than of men. Maybe women inspire more artists who paint but not so many sculptors? Or maybe there are fewer famous women than men? This is definitely food for thought.

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    1. Olga Godim: Perhaps the difference is that women are only included in paintings for their decorative value rather than for their achievements. I am crying inequality. And yes, there are indeed fewer women recognised as famous - and even fewer statues. I am still thinking about it myself.

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  26. Sadly, we are still led by "rich white men." But wait! We were when that statue was commissioned. Now, we have people asking or demanding that indigenous leaders be recognised.
    And to answer that, we have a rich white Prime Minister who thinks changing one adjective in a silly(my opinion) song is significant.
    I don't want to turn your blog into a political forum, but I am not sure many if any of your readers know these things.
    That said, Canberra does public art superbly.The Big Red tree is lovely.

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    1. dinahmow: No arguments from me. Sadly. Steps are being taken, strides are needed.

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  27. Tarted up! I love it! Happy New Year, EC!

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    1. Bill: Thank you. I am a bit ashamed of 'tarted up'. It was my grumpy self speaking. The area does look better, but deeper changes are also needed.
      Happy New Year to you too.

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  28. Hi EC - wonderful photos - the atatue is he made out of iron? While yes - predictable positioning ... still it is the capital city of 'our era'. I've always thought Garema Place looked a wonderful outdoor area - with an interesting culture ... while Stasia Dabrowski has obviously helped Canberra's poorer citizens so much - it's great to read her son is continuing on. Love the Christmas tree - and I can understand your frustration with superficial tarting up ... but that draws people in, and then we hope those deeper changes you mention will occur. I loved all the pictures ... and the 'kangaroo' sculpture ... sense of balance of poise it envisions. Take care and all the best with everything in 2021 - Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: I am not certain quite what Andrew Inglis Clark's statue is made of, which is one of the reasons I was peeved not to get closer. I hope to be able to rectify that relatively soon. Stasia was a very special person indeed and I am glad that my city repeatedly celebrated her while she was alive - but would still love to see that statue. I believe that your lockdowns are to become more intense. I do hope they achieve the necessary changes. Stay safe, stay well.

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  29. Such a beautiful and moving story of Stadia. Reading about her really touched my heart.❤ The world desperately needs more people like her, doesn't it?
    Yes, I've noticed there are far fewer statues of women here too. I guess the powers that be still fail to consider the achievements of women anywhere near as important as they do those of men. And to think they say we have equality! Still a long way to go, methinks!πŸ˜•
    Oh WOW, you do have such beautiful art in your part of the world!I LOVE those statues, especially the Christmas tree.
    And the honesty seed pods look really beautiful!😊😊

    Here's hoping your year is off to a great start!!

    Lots of love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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    1. Sorry, that should have been "Stasia"...my tablet thinking itself superior to me yet again!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    2. Stasia: Auto correct is infuriating isn't it? Stasia was a tiny powerhouse. A much valued and sadly much needed powerhouse. On the equality front we do still have some way to go. And hope that I see that level playing field finally achieved.
      Thank you for the hugs and love - which are reciprocated.

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  30. As you say, Sue, it is not a requirement to like all public art to welcome it to a city as a humanizing influence. i am all for it!

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: I know you are, and some day we will be able to celebrate some of ours together.

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  31. I love how open your city is to artistic creativity! Here, we are more interested in tearing down statutes than putting them up. As if removing reminders of our past and history will change it somehow. And I love those seed pods! So beautiful.

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    1. Cindi: We are not exempt from trying to conceal our dark side either. Just the same I am endlessly grateful for our celebration of art.

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  32. I am always in awe of the art in your city. I think the statue of several women would be wonderful. The Christmas tree was so beautiful. Happy New Year my friend, may it be a joyous and healthy year for you.

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    1. Mason Canyon: As I have so often said I am endlessly grateful for the art in my city. In the city centre particularly there is another piece (or pieces) on every block. A very Happy and Healthy year to you to my friend.

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  33. I hope you have a wonderful 2021, EC. I am certain it will be much better than 2020.

    :o)

    Cheers

    PM

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    1. Plastic Mancunian: I really, really hope you are right and that 2021 is better - for us all.

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  34. I really like the photo of the statue of Clark. Although I must confess, I know very little about your country's history, I DO appreciate a unique statue. I also like that it appears to be rusty, and I love rust.

    I enjoyed reading about Stasia Dabrowski and her efforts to feed the hungry and needy. This is even more relevant today, where so many (at least here in the states) don't know where their next meal is coming from. As an aside, I love how you called it "tarted up." A bit of comedic relief amid the seriousness.

    I absolutely adore the tree. I know you don't know this, but I decorate my home each year with nothing but little trees. This beauty is absolutely amazing, both inside and out. I also enjoyed the kangaroos, too. You have some incredible statues where you live. I really LIKE this Sunday meme.

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    1. Bleubeard and Elizabeth: I like our newest statue as well. It is quite different to the normal memorial statues and full of life and movement. Sadly Stasia continues to be needed here. I live in a prosperous city which has a lot of people struggling to survive. Our high 'average' income conceals them but they are most definitely there and need our help.
      Sunday Selections is a wonderful meme, and I am very happy to perpetuate it. Perhaps you will join us some week.
      As a confirmed tree hugger I really like your decorating tradition.

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  35. Enjoyed all of these. I am so impressed with your city's openness to art of all forms. Mostly I'm impressed and grateful to you for sharing your photos with us.
    May you have a happy and healthy year.

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    1. Myrna R.: Thank you. I am a beauty addict and am so very glad to have found somewhere to share it. I hope that your year is also healthy and happy. Very healthy and happy.

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  36. I love your public art. So many nice things to see in your environment in Australia.

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    1. gigi-hawaii: Thank you. There are lots of nice things around me, and I am very, very grateful for them.

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  37. Your soup kitchen lady made me think of Mother Theresa...so selfless and generous and modest. May she rest in peace. She's the kind of person that restores our faith in humanity.
    I love your city's colourful places!

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    1. molly: Stasia didn't have an easy life herself and continued to work for others. I am in complete awe at her and so very glad that her grandson has now shouldered her mission.
      My city is widely condemned as boring, but I fear that the critics have never looked...

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  38. I like the Christmas tree too. Great pictures.

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  39. Thank you for showing all the amazing art pieces EC! And, thank you for sharing Stasia's story! What a beautiful, caring woman! So glad her grandson is taking over! Big Hugs!!!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: Stasia was incredible wasn't she? Our city was the richer for her presence and is diminished by her loss.

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  40. As you could tell, I like "everlasting honesty" best.

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    1. Sean Jeating: Everlasting honesty is a wonderful thought isn't it? A sometimes painful process but worth it. So very worth it.

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  41. I'm stuck on the idea of peeling over 100kg of veggies. And every week!

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    1. kylie: I know. And into her 90s too. I doubt I could do it any week, let alone every week.

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  42. Wonderful pics. I especially like the red Christmas tree and the white dragon? statues. They look like they would be good guardians.

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    1. mshatch: I really liked the dragons too - and would happily welcome their guardianship into my life.

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  43. Well I am so pleased to be back for a wonderful visit. Always so much to see. I enjoyed it all but was intrigued by that Christmas tree. I rather liked it. Probably because it is different and so colorful and you can get inside it.

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    1. Donna@GardensEyeView: Lovely to see you back in the blogosphere again. I really liked being able to wander inside the Christmas Tree too. And the perspective it gave.

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  44. I believe we called those plants "silver dollars" it's been a while since I saw one but was reminded with this post. Beautiful and unusual.

    The dearth of statues to women breaks my heart, far too few. We need far, far more.

    XO
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    1. Wisewebwoman: I knew that they were called silver dollars on your side of the world. They were a part of my childhood and I welcome their return each year. And a big yes on the subject of commemorating women and their achievements.

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  45. I love that your city gives so much space to public art. Agree with you totally on the need to commemorate women in art too. And I love your vase of honesty, spontaneous and sculptural.

    Hope the new year is treating you well.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: I am endlessly grateful for the art in my city - and agree wholeheartedly on the need to celebrate women (ordinary women) much more. So far the year is like the parson's egg - good in parts.

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  46. So many sweet finds..
    Agreed... it's high time women and people of color get the recognition they deserve.

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    1. Hena Tayeb: Thank you. And another vote for celebrating achievements by those who are not white men.

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  47. I always enjoy your Garema Place posts. The art and artists are amazing. The Christmas tree! I know some grandsons that would enjoy racing in and around it.

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    1. Susan Kane: Garema Place is the heart of the city centre. It has been showing its age and I am glad that it has been spruced up but hope that work on its seamy under belly also happens. Soon.

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  48. Oh, how beautiful this Garema Place is .., many beautiful artistic works of art to observe up close and as photo locations.

    Thank you for introducing this park, Sue.
    Cheers

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    1. Himawan Sant: It really does look inviting now that it has been spruced up doesn't it?

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  49. The inside of that Christmas tree is particularly cool.

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    1. northierthanthou: Welcome and thank you. I really liked being able to wander inside that tree.

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  50. Ooh love your silver dollars in the last pic. (At least that's what we call them:)
    Hugs friend.

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    1. Sandra Cox: I learned a few years ago that you call them silver dollar - and can understand where they got that name. Beautiful things aren't they?

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  51. Great post. Similar statue-related questions are being asked over here, too. :-)

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: I think that similar questions are being asked around the world - which I find encouraging.

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  52. Dear EC, thanks so much for the link so that we could learn more about Stasia Dabrowski. She is/was truly a valiant woman from whom all of us--men and women both--can/could learn compassion and begin to seek mercy and justice. Here in the US, we have little to celebrate women and even less to celebrate "people of color," which is the term being used now and once again just draws attention to differences. Our political figures always deal with the immediate symptom, never with the root of the problem. Peace.

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    1. Dee: Stasia Dabrowski was a truly impressive woman. I was and am awed by her. She saw a need and stepped in. She shunned fanfare (another area where she was unlike our politicians) and simply did an important job.

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  53. Thank you for the lovely photographic tour! I like the stylized Christmas tree, too; as well as that sensuously-curved wooden lounging bench. (I'm assuming that's what it is, anyway - that's how I'd use it. I guess if I was a skateboarder, it might be tempting to use it in a different way.) ;-)

    Interesting that you call your lunaria "Honesty". I have some lunaria in my garden, grown from heritage seeds passed down to me from an elderly aunt. She called it "Silver Dollar Plant" and I never looked for any other common names. I like "Honesty"! :-)

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    1. Diane Henders: I like to think of the rough sleepers curling up on those benches at night. I suspect they will be much more comfortable than the benches (few and far between) that were in the area before its rejuvenation.
      I hadn't thought about skate boarders - and you are right.
      I only knew lunaria as Honesty growing up. It wasn't until I joined the blogosphere that I heard it called silver dollar - and can well see where it got its name.

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  54. So much here! I see the roo too and love the silverware grate...and your obsessional nature ♥️ Fu dog had red eye painted! For approaching lunar new year / CNY?

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    1. Cloudia: I am glad that you could see the roo too and are happy to indulge my obsessional self.

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  55. Andrew Inglis Clark sure is standing tall and natural with his coat flapping. Very well created. The cutlery on the grills is unusual, wonder what it represents or maybe it is just Art! I like looking up the Cmas tree, like a nice red umbrella.Thanks for the walk.

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    1. kestrel: I really like the movement in his statue. I think it is unusual and great. The cutlery on the drain might be artistic - or a nod to the restaurants in the area. It made me smile anyway.

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  57. Love the Christmas Tree, so lovely, especially the color!

    Status of women? Really, where are they!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Yolanda Renee: Thank you - and a happy and healthy New Year to you too.
      I hope the statues of women are coming. In peaceful battalions.

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  58. Lovely photos of your place. Love all the colorful things.
    The "flowers" of last photos, they are calling Judas' Penny (in Finland). I saw them a long time ago in Germany. I brought the seeds home, but I didn’t get them grown (I guess I forgot them on the ground).

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    1. orvokki: Judas Penny? Another name I like. They grow happily here and come back year after year.

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  59. Such beauty!! I'm always glad when our city adds a piece of art - we don't have nearly enough throughout ours.
    Love those seed pods!

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    1. Jemi Fraser: I am always thrilled to see more art too - even when it is temporary. The honesty/silver dollar/judas penny are beautiful aren't they? And huge congratulations yet again on adding another book to your series.

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  60. It's fascinating to see such different art. I really loved the cutlery on the grate. It was a surprise. I love surprises.

    I had to write to the prompt today and left my contribution on Charlotte's blog. Always fun to play with words.

    Happy New Year.

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    1. cleemckenzie: You will be totally unsurprised to learn that I have a soft spot for quirky art too. And welcome it where ever I find it. A happy and healthy New Year to you too.

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  61. Wow! Those silvery flowers are quite fabulous and so unusual! The Christmas tree is quite fabulous. I agree - why are there not more statues of prominent women? Perfect opportunities to honor their work. Hugs and Happy New Year! RO

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    1. RO: Aren't those seed pods lovely? While the plant is growing it is quite nondescript (and a bit dull). The seed pods make up for it. I hope to see a lot more statues of women in the coming years and that the murmurs asking for them grow to a roar.

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  62. You have such a beautiful city. I always enjoy seeing your pictures. It makes me feel like I'm there with you. I also had a good chuckle at "tarted up" :) Love it!

    Warmly,
    Elsie

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    1. Elsie Amata: Thank you. I am very happy to showcase my city - which is widely (and inaccurately) condemned as boring.

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  63. Cuanto arte Hijo de elefante en tu maravillosa ciudad.
    Que lindo cuando las personas lo aprecian
    y lo disfrutan
    Simplemente maravilloso
    Felicitaciones por esas fotos tan bellas
    Todo me ha encantado
    Pero me quede enamorada de las flores y arbol de la honestidad, que preciosura!!! Y poder tenerlo dentro de tu hogar.. Bello, muy bello... abrazo grande

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    1. eli mendez: Thank you so much. I always delight in the honesty seed pods and it is too long since I have remembered to bring them inside. I am so grateful (as I often am) to a blogger for the reminder.

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  64. Happy New Year and thank you for posting all these wonderful photos. I saw that you have listed Her Fearful Symmetry in your reading list. What did you think of it? I read it in October last year after saving it up for a long time because I loved Audrey Niefenegger's first book Time Traveler's Wife.

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    1. Kalpana: And a healthy, happy and hopeful New Year to you too. Like you I loved Time Traveler's Wife. I am still processing Her Fearful Symmetry. In many ways I found it confronting and nasty. But beautifully written. How did you find it?

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  65. That silverware on the grate is interesting.
    YOU have a wondrous weekend, filled with beautiful birds, lush flowers, good health and happiness.

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    1. Sandra Cox: I really loved a different (but still functional) grate. Huge thanks for your weekend wishes - which I reciprocate.

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