Bunnykins

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I had a Bunnykins plate, bowl, cup and saucer and egg cup, when I was a baby.IMG_9675

Our daughter had some of the items which had survived. We added to the set, a money box, a different bowl.IMG_9661

Now our grandson has the collection, plus a new mug.IMG_9686

I posted one of these pictures in my Photo a Day group and someone asked if the plate had the controversial trademark image?….. Oh!…… yes they all do, except the mug purchased this year.IMG_9678

These round items fit this weeks photo challenge Rounded

Weekly Photo Challenge – Rounded

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Nature is rounded, full of curves.

The landscape, the clouds, trees, bushes, flowers, leaves, petals.IMG_6912

I visited Inverawe Native Gardens today and spent a delightful couple of hours wandering along paths, stopping to admire the flowers, noticing the varying scents, observing birds and pademelons and little ghekkos.

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The owners are welcoming and informative, sharing their enthusiasm for the garden they have designed and planted since retiring to Tasmania in 2001, from Sydney. I relaxed with a cup of tea and home made cakes and appreciated the view. IMG_6915

There are information signs and labels, about the plants, the history of the place, the early explorers and botanists from Europe. There are also sculptures and poems written by the owners, dotted amounts the foliage.

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“This garden is designed to please the eye and soothe the soul, but also to sit easily on our ancient, fragile landscape, a garden that works with the environment, not against it.”
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“Footsteps”

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A new bronze sculpture was unveiled in Hobart on Saturday.

Between 1803 and 1853, nearly 13,000 female convicts arrived in Tasmania, bringing with them about 2,500 children, many of whom were born on the long sea voyage from the UK.

Three life size women and a young boy represent those early Europeans who arrived on this exact spot in Hobart.IMG_6506

Each tells a different story of the hardship of life for women and children in the penal colony.

The first is of a young woman accused of stealing cattle, the second of an Irish famine victim, the third a housemaid who fell pregnant and the fourth a young boy separated from his mother.

The plinths list the ships that arrived over one hundred and fifty years ago. Others list the names of the women who arrived with their children. IMG_6507IMG_6508

We saw the sculptures earlier in the day, whilst still under wraps. They were unveiled by Tasmania’s Govenor, Kate Warner, and the Irish President, Michael Higgins.

… “These sculptures remind us also of the suffering of the migrants of our times…. that the trauma of displacement and forced exile, for many reasons, are not experiences confined to our past but are the lived experiences of millions today around the world, including many who now call Australia home.”

These sculptures were created by Irish artist, Rowan Gillespie, modelled by descendants of Tasmania’s convicts. IMG_6372