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Tomato Festival

A celebration of tomatoes.

A celebration of tomatoes.

In February, a friend and I went to the Tomato Festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. There were tomatoes to taste, tomatoes to eat, tomatoes to drink, cooking and canning classes, a food market — a veritable celebration of tomatoes! And there were many more people than I expected for such a quirky event.

There was tomato artwork in the form of a mandala (a circular figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism), albeit with non-tomato elements.

Mandala made with tomatoes and friends.

Mandala made with tomatoes and friends.

 

I arrived before my friend, and indulged in something sweet while waiting.

Time to taste!

Tomato Festival tasting. Grab your toothpick and get stuck in!

We both agreed that this was our favourite:

Brown Berry


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Fountains: Sydney Whatever – Sensory Fountain

Sensory Fountain  Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

When wet, this spherical fountain is as reflective as glass.

I’ve always loved this spherical fountain in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, but had no idea it was known as the Sensory Fountain until I looked it up online for this post.

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The whole fountain, sheeted with water and as reflective as a mirror ball. I’m the small spec in the middle, between two white shrubs.

“A spherical fountain designed to be touched, seen and heard — water begins to flow as you approach. Designed for the Herb Garden in 1994 by Victorian artist Tim Jones and made by Dave Mune at the Art Foundry in Victoria. The fountain is surrounded by a bronze ring of herbs drawn by Gardens’ illustrator Marion Westmacott. Donated by the Australian Bank Ltd to commemorate their 10th anniversary and the 175th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens.” source

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The water has just begun to burble from the top and is flowing along the sphere.

November’s fountain challenge theme is Typical for your Region, but I’ve morphed it into a joint effort with December’s theme of Whatever and am going with Sydney Whatever for two months.


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Fountain Series: Stately – The Governor Phillip Fountain

The Governor Phillip Fountain, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

The Governor Phillip Fountain, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

A fountain such as this one is a big, bold public statement, but at its heart it’s all about the water — and if you click here you’ll see a much larger version of the header image in which the spouting water has been frozen for an instance of time, bright and glittering like misshapen droplets of glass caught in a spotlight.

Jim from Sydney – City and Surrounds has already described the fountain perfectly, so I hope he doesn’t mind if I quote him: “The Governor Phillip Fountain is located in the Royal Botanic Gardens, close to Macquarie Street. It was created by the Italian sculptor Achille Simonetti and unveiled in 1897 to honour Captain Arthur Phillip, the first Governor of New South Wales. This magnificent 15.24 metre high fountain features a marble pedestal for the 4.5 metre bronze statue of Captain Phillip. The pedestal features three reliefs of Justice, Patriotism and Education. Below the pedestal are the reclining bronze figures of Neptune (Navigation), Agriculture, Cyclops (Mining) and Commerce. The four marble consoles are embellished with bronze plaques of Aboriginal people. Between the figures are four giant marble clam shells each surmounted by bronze prows of ships and twin giant sea serpents which feed water into the white marble basins.”

Sea serpents on the Governor Phillip Fountain, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Sea serpents on the Governor Phillip Fountain, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

As much as I love those sea serpents, I would really prefer not to encounter one in real life!

October’s fountain theme is Stately.


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Random Fridays: 200 goes Vivid

Royal Botanic Garden's 200 sign lit up for Vivid.

Royal Botanic Garden’s 200 sign lit up for Vivid.


For the first time, Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden has got it on the light festival that is Vivid. It’s “200” sign (marking 200 years of the garden) is looking quite a bit snazzier now than when I first posted about it only one month ago.


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Bench Series: Message (4)

A bench in the Fern Gully, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

Dr Philip Moors was the Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne from 1999 to 2012.

Here’s my final bench with a message, hot off the camera and only two days old! I came across this bench in the Fern Gully of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne on Saturday. I was intrigued by that phrase “in recognition of”, which is so unlike the “in memory of” that you usually see on benches. A quick online search revealed that Dr Philip Moors was the Director and Chief Executive of the Gardens from 1999 to 2012 and, from what I could find, he does not yet warrant a memorial bench. 😉 The gully itself is a cool, shady stretch of vibrant green that follows a gently twisting water course; as you stroll along the walkway, you are accompanied by the gurgle of water tumbling on its way. Quite delightful.

This is another photo of the same bench.

A bench in the Fern Gully, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

Isn’t this a lovely spot to sit and admire the ferns?


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