May Gibbs was born in England in 1877 and moved to Australia when she was 4 years old.
She came from an artistic family and began drawing
at a young age.
As a young woman she returned to England several times
to study Art.
She loved the Australian bush and its flowers.
She saw bush babies in the blossoms.
We see them too, on our walks.
|Bella photobombing a gum blossom.
And bring them home with us.
Even the old gumnuts became characters in the many children's books she wrote and illustrated.
The villains in her stories were the Big Bad Banksia Men.
We see them on our walks.
|Can you see them hiding amongst the foliage?
She also bred scotties and wrote a book about:
|This is our VERY OLD 1944 copy.
|The only colour photo in the book.
Every January, on the closest Sunday to May's birthday,
her Sydney home is open for scotties (and Westies) to bring their peeps
for a picnic day.
Alas, we've never been.
We've noticed that the Wattle Babies are starting to appear.