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Fitzroy Gardens & Fairy Tree [Apr. 15th, 2016|06:06 pm]
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Saturday 26 March (2):  Fitzroy Gardens & Fairy Tree

Fitzroy garden

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Cook Cottage rebuilt and bought in 1755 from yorkshire

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Fairy tree

Like any good urban fairy I had to check it out. It was in the lovely Fitzroy Gardens - Ola Cohn's Fairies Tree, comprising a series of lovely carvings on the stump of one of the original Red Gum trees in the Fitzroy Gardens, well over 300 years in age. From 1931 to May 1934 - Miss Cohn worked on the delightful likenesses of fairies, dwarfs, gnomes, a marvelous jackass, koalas, flying foxes and a host of typical Australian animals and birds. She used all the natural irregularities and curves to transform the tree trunk into a thing of beauty.
Her intentions are best described in the foreword to her book, "The Fairies Tree", inscribed on the tree's plaque :"I have carved in a tree in the Fitzroy Gardens for you, and the fairies, but mostly for the fairies and those who believe in them, for they will understand how necessary it is to have a fairy sanctuary - a place that is sacred and safe as a home should be to all living creatures."
It isn’t an author I am familiar with but great to see fairies alongside Australian wildlife to me that is so different.

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Tudor village, modelled by a 77 year old pensionner from south london. he sent it to melbourne as a thanks for the food ration received during the war

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lots of nice fountains too
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