Hello creative dabblers! Have you enjoyed your week? Mine was full of sunshiny days and cold nights; as we approach the winter solstice in a couple of days, that’s what I’d expect. We had the first heavy frost on Tuesday morning and everything outside started to sparkle when the sun came out. So pretty.
Sometimes, I forget to plant when I should. It often doesn’t matter; many plants grow anyway no matter when you settle them into the soil. For others, though, if you neglect to buy seedlings when they are in the garden centres – whoosh, they’re all gone.
I planted a punnet of white primulas two years ago but forgot to do it last year. Some self-seeded but most seeds were swept away in the Great Rains of 2021-22. Determined not to miss out on these gorgeous spots of light in my garden later this winter, I planted a new punnet of seedlings yesterday. I really need to be better organised with my plantings. 😊
I bet you didn’t know this: Australia has more statues of animals than of women. What? This statement comes from the website A Monument of One’s Own, set up by a Melbourne-based group calling for gender equality in the memorialisation of women’s actions, achievements and contributions to civic culture. Sounds fair enough to me.
Here are some other statistics from the website:
+ Fewer than 4% of Australia’s statues represent historical female figures.
+ Only 1% of Melbourne’s statues are of historical women, standing alone.
+ There are over 110 statues of Captain Cook in Australia.
Australia isn’t the only place this equalisation attempt is occurring. There are movements to get equal representation for women in London, New York and Scotland. (Check out Sara Sheridan on Twitter and her book Where are the Women?: A Guide to an Imagined Scotland. She also wrote The Fair Botanists – such a good read.)
Have a lovely week.