Monday, October 29, 2012

A bit of Culture.....

 In the mornings while we sniff pee-mail and investigate other interesting stuff. 

 SHE likes to look at flowers.  The gum trees are flowering now.
 And there are loads of gumnuts.

 This reminds HER of May Gibbs.  May Gibbs was born in England and came to Australia as a young child. She fell in love with the bush and its flowers.

She used the flowers and gumnuts in the many stories she wrote and illustrated  later.

The banksia seed pods....
became the villains....the Big Bad Banksia men.
 May Gibbs' stories were published in the early 1900s and the characters have become part of Australian culture.

But most of all.....

We like May Gibbs because she had a scottie!


  1. Hey guys, thanks for some history of your country. Kinda funny how peeps can take something and turn it into interesting stories that survive through the ages.

    Your Plas
    Susie & Bites

  2. Mom says she isn't familiar with May Gibbs, but she bets the little bipeds would enjoy those books. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    Do the squirrels like those nuts?

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  3. Nobody who is friends with a Scottie is totally rotten!

  4. How cool! Ma never heard of May Gibbs, but sure looks like funs!
    Any book with a doggie in it, is a good book indeed!


  5. How cool! I didn't know of May Gibbs either, but I like her style!!

  6. That is so neat! I have never seen a gum tree let alone it's nuts! teehee!

  7. that was really cool...
    Benny & Lily

  8. What beautiful illustrations! I like May already...and she has an adorable Scottie?! Whoa, she must have been awesome! :-D

  9. That is so cool! I've never seen a gum nut before, they're kind of cute!

  10. We never knew gum trees made nuts - can you eat them?

    Mom likes the illustrations you posted from the May Gibbs books - we haven't heard of her either but based on the pictures and her scottie dog, we like her.

    Wally & Sammy

  11. My peep loves May Gibbs.

    We has a banksia tree in our yard... Must watch out for these men...

  12. Love it! We thought the Banksia seed pods were gonna be turned into Scotties! Then we found out she had a real Scottie -soooooo relieved (even though the banksia seed pods look a little like Fin with "bed hair" !!!!!
    RoooOOOooodles, Bobby & Fin

  13. Woof! Woof! Oh how cute. Lovely illustration. Golden Thanks for sharing. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  14. Gosh you have made me frightened now. We have one of those Banksia seed pods on our mantelpiece. I had no idea it might turn into a Big Bad Villain.
    Toodle pip!

  15. We love seeing stuff that we don't have over here or have never seen before. Nice one. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  16. I bet those stories and illustrations are fabulous. The last pic with the Scottie made me go awwww :-)

  17. Well that made the Mom pretty homesick - you don't know how much you miss the smell of eucalyptus until you don't have it anymore

  18. Well how interesting, Lee said we have to make a trip to the library and research May Gibbs.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  19. We would love to come over there and see all those things for real. we love the drawings :)


  20. Howdy Girls, mum loves those books too especially the drawings. Thanks for the reminder. Mum will have to re visit them. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  21. Well that girl certainly knew how to pick dogs

  22. Those are wonderful pods. We can see how the author saw creatures, when she looked at them. Of course, she also has good taste in 4 legged beasts :D

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  23. Cool story, thanks.

    Happy Halloween

    Loveys Sasha