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PPAC #9: Miniature Tudor Village

This is week 9 of PPAC already and we are finding more and more public art the more we look for it. My co-host Cee Neuner and I have been thrilled at the response from this photo challenge. It gives us a chance to experience the heart of the world through Public Art.

Today I combine PPAC #9 with FOTD #13 with red flowers for Cee and Jude’s Life in Colour Challenge.

The Marquis of LinlithgowΒ PC, KE, GCMG, GCVO, First Governor-General of Australia, 1901-02, Governor of Victoria, 1889-1895

The Marquis John Adrian Lewis Hope, the Earl of Hopetoun, arrived in Australia to serve as the governor of Victoria from 1889 to 1895. During these years he travelled widely, investigating social conditions and alleviating hardship where he could. He returned to England in 1895, with a reputation for being one of the most conscientious governors in Australia.

Monument Australia

Public art is encompasses any form of art you see in a public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, parks, etc. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks or outdoor public places.

FOTD #13

Featured Bloggers

Cee had a marvelous response from all of you on last week’s PPAC #8 After visiting each entry I thank you each of you for joining along in our challenge. Here are several posts that really grabbed my attention. They are all worthy of a second or third look.

Architectural Art in Australia

This model Tudor Village was presented to the City of Melbourne by the citizens of Lambeth, England in appreciation for gifts of food dispatched from Victoria to England during the food shortages following World War II 1939-1945.

We just had a month of trees with Becky B. This would have made a great post for TreeSquares, but we ran out of days. I love all the miniature trees planted around the Tudor Village.

In the picture below you can see the Fairy Tree on the lower left side. From this perspective you can tell how tall the carvings went up the tree based on the height of the adult in the photo.

There are pathways all around the village, but a fence protects the village from anyone from walking around unguided.

There are many locations, not only in Melbourne, but everywhere I went, that honor the military and the efforts Australia made towards war efforts. Without a large national population, every death, every gift was a huge sacrifice and was honored in even the smallest towns.

I enjoyed this tribute from England to Australia’s war efforts.

Coming Up

Over a quick cup of coffee for Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share, I will tell you that I didn’t mean to worry anyone but me last week.

I am walking again – slowly and like an old lady, sans walker after twisting my knee playing pickle ball last Wednesday. Sadly, my neighbor fell two days ago playing pickleball and spent two hours in ER putting his shoulder back in place. He is doing better, too.

The second childhood is much more dangerous than the first was! The left side of my face is still purple veering more to the lovely shade of putrid green from a fall three weeks ago when my head collided with a sidewalk. No pain – no gain.

I had an MRI yesterday – what a weird experience that was. This morning I will go back to see the orthopedic doctor to see what I actually did to myself. The pain at this point is mostly stiffness that feels like getting out of a car after traveling for nine hours. No pain meds needed.

Have a great weekend, my friends. Be CAREFUL!

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  1. Marsha, I’d love to visit this miniature village. Great artistry to create each house and build the whole village. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with #weekendcoffeeshare. I’m glad to hear you’re walking. I hope your orthopedic appointment goes well and the MRI results are good with nothing to worry about. Take it easy.

    Here’s my entry for PPAC#9:

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  2. I’m glad you’re starting to feel and walk a bit better. The MRI will reveal all but it sounds as if you didn’t do any serious damage if you’re already starting to heal πŸ™‚

    This little village is very sweet and reminds me of ones I visited in my childhood. In fact, the very first photo I took on my first camera was of such a village! You can see it here:

    But no, that’s not my entry for today – today I have chewing gum art for you!

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    • It looks like your comments are off on this first link. What a marvelous history lesson. Your posts could easily be assembled into chapters of a beautiful book. This was lots of fun. I can see what your dad said about your eye. I like the little black and white picture of the girl in the water with the house on the hill. I loved your later pictures – guy asleep in his cart. LOL. Now I’m off to read your PPAC for today. πŸ™‚

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  3. Oh, I absolutely love the Tudor village! I’m fascinated by anything Medieval, and I love miniature stuff. I was reminded me of the miniature railway village here in my town, I was there 12 years ago and definitely need to go back!

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    • A miniature railway village sounds like so much fun. When I was 15, I went somewhere in Portland and road a miniature train through something like that. It may have been private, but railroads, miniature villages a perfect match. πŸ™‚ This one was lovely.


    • Do you remember how hot and starved I was? I forgot to include the picture of the pumpkin soup. That was soooooooo delicious. I fell so in love with all the food in Australia. I would weight 200 pounds if I lived there. πŸ™‚

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        • LOL. I’m sure that’s right. We didn’t cook much there, did we. I remember going to the bakery in the mall for breakfast treats. πŸ™‚ I’m not sure I had a Tim Tam by that time in our trip, had I?


          • I guess you did introduce them to me in Melbourne. Did we go to a store, or did you bring them on the plane? I don’t remember going to a store. But, yes, I do remember you telling me that. Do you remember the bakery in the mall next door. That was lovely. I don’t really see a big difference other than Tim Tams are crunchier, cheaper, and more accessible. πŸ™‚ And all those yummy coffee drinks. Mmmmm. You know I never go for coffee here, and I drink my coffee black at home. I just totally pigged out during the whole trip. But it made the trip so memorable for me – Chocolate – Tim Tams, Pavlova, and Pumpkin. Mmmmmmm.

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          • Yes, there’s a big supermarket in the basement of the shopping centre next door to where we stayed and we went there for groceries. The bakery you’re thinking about was Zumbo, in the Emporium shopping centre. It’s not there any more, it closed a couple of years ago. Their cakes and pastries were exceptionally delicious.

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  4. Oh my goodness! Hope you are feeling better; falls and scrapes are dreadful. Hope all tests come out clean! I guess that’s one of the risks of an active life!

    I love miniature villages – I’ve only ever visited one in France. It was most enjoyable!

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    • How fun! Where in France did you go? Yes, full lives can be dangerous. I’ve avoided ever breaking a bone, but this is a tear in the meniscus that can be repaired.


      • We were staying in a little village called Villedieu-les-PoΓͺles in Normandy. This was when the children were young and so we sought out amusement for them.

        Ah, am glad to hear that you are having your meniscus repaired. Hope your recuperation goes well.

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  5. I’m holding out for a quick and full recovery followed by a bit more care about which extreme sporting events to try. We just don’t bounce as high as we used to. Sad, but true.

    Love the tiny towns. We visited one decades ago, where we were allowed to walk the tiny street /paths. You could easily kneel down to examine the workmanship of each building.

    Now I can’t recall where that was.

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    • Aren’t you glad we take pictures now and that they are digital. The good news is that I’m repairable after all. He must have been having a bad patient day when he told me I was too old to fix. He hadn’t looked at the MRI. He seemed pleased in everything but the tear in the meniscus, but said its an easy fix if I do it now. So off I go in 10 days for orthoscopic surgery, another miracle of medicine. πŸ™‚

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      • Ah!
        Great news then πŸ˜ƒ
        I’m so spoiled. I’ve grown to count on these miracles.
        2 of our 3 kids today are alive thanks to modern medicine.
        So I’m also very thankful for it and the doctors who dispense it.


    • Thanks for the link, Sarah. That was an amazing display. There is a gum wall in San Luis Obispo, and the object is to chew gum long enough to get it sticky then put it on top of the rest of the gum on the wall. We took our fourth graders there on their field trip to the mission. Silly, and gross, but not cute like what someone with some imagination and talent can do. I loved your post.


  6. I think public art says a lot about a region. I really enjoy driving down Route 66, especially the western parts through AZ-CA. All the murals along the way are fascinating. Great post!


    • You’re welcome. It would have been a lovely latte in Australia that day. We drank a lot of rich scrumptious lattes while I was there. Good thing there were lots of places to walk! πŸ™‚

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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