From a distance….

Because of difficulties accessing my usual library, for the time being I’ve returned to the ’little one’ just down the road in Montrose. There’s been a few alterations since I wrote about it HERE, like placing the library and community centre under one roofline with a single entrance plus different landscaping with more outdoor seating being the major ones but it’s still got a comfortable country feel nestled in amongst the gum trees at the bottom of the hills.

Recently when restrictions were eased slightly to allow people to gather in ones and twos you’d notice ’friends’ sitting there with little ones having fun under the trees or riding bikes/scooters on the level hard surface. So when I turned up at the library the other day I thought how strange it was to see a little girl sitting all alone on a bench by the book return with no adults anywhere in sight. Can you spot her there to the left of the white lamp post ?

Now I know my eye sight can be a bit off at times but from this distance away I was convinced this was a small child dressed in lavender coat and hat.

Well – ever been had!
After I nipped into the foyer to pick up some books (still call & collect – back to normal service in a fortnight) I wandered over to check on the ’child’
Someone (a ’yarn bomber/ street artist’) had dressed one of very conveniently placed protection bollards to look just just like that.
And it worked – I’m wondering how many others have walked over to check on this little ’girl’ sitting there all alone?

lol The crafty lads and lassies must have been busy because these, we’ll call them ‘works of art’ were attached to the a couple of poles out the front of the library. Two coordinated outfits standing side by side in that one spot complete with crochet flowers and leaves topped with artificial roses.
https://lilydale.mailcommunity.com.au/2021/10/08/yarn-bombing-montrose-mainstreet/

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30 thoughts on “From a distance….

    1. The two ‘decorated’ poles are protected Linda so the work has stayed clean and fresh. Not so for some of their work out in the (wet) weather

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    1. As the ACT is beginning to open up hopefully your libraries’s stock will soon become accessible- even if it’s only by online ordering then pick up.

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    1. Doesn’t it just Charlotte…..I was down there again this afternoon and still couldn’t believe how realistic ‘she’ looked from a distance.

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    1. Welcome to Still Waters Janey, it’s nice to see a new face
      You’re right, yarn bombing can be good – some bad – and some down right ‘disgusting’…..what on earth were they thinking of. Wool left out in the weather doesn’t last long/look good either.

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  1. It certainly looked like a girl to me. I like yarn bombing but if it is to be done then it should be removed before it starts to look shabby.

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    1. I agree it definitely should be taken down before the weather destroys it Andrew. A neighbouring suburb has some tatty bits hanging on trees that should have come down months ago…it was there before we went away and looked tired then

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  2. Oh that’s funny and I can certainly see why you thought it was a child. I love the yarn bombing and art though. Some communities seem to do a lot of it but I’ve never seen it around my neck of the woods. Perhaps cos it’s Queensland it’s never wintery enough to think of wool?!

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    1. I was in two minds over the ‘installation’ Debbie – yes it was fun but it also might have been worrisome for others. Dramatic I know but I was beginning to wonder why a little one would be sitting there all alone

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  3. how fun Cathy

    a decade or so ago, the Creative Fibre national advent was held in a suburb that masses of “bollards” lining the streets because there was actually no curb. The local groups made knitted/crocheted “beanies” for the bollards – of course many of the beanies disappeared even though they were attached…

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    1. There’s always someone ready to spoil the party Cathy. I wonder if the beanies were destined for a homeless shelter and some decided to hurry that part up

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      1. They were actually not going to fit any head, the organiser had designed to fit the bollards which weren’t even teen size…possibly a baby but the yarns weren’t always nice… I can’t remember what became if them.

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  4. Clever and effective. Not sure how i feel about yarn-bombing. I saw a long row of large trees in knitted garb up to a height over over 5m in Bergen (Norway) nearly 4 years ago. It was winter. It made me wonder how many people somewhere in the world might have been grateful for blankets knitted from all that yarn.

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  5. My apologies for being very remiss in commenting of late…for a week or so I was without phone, internet and streaming services.

    I’m considering reverting to tom tom drums, smoke signals and carrier pigeons!!

    So now I’m catching up reading blogs…I’ve a lot of running to do! 🙂

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    1. I did wonder where you’d got to Lee – with no new posts on your blog and not seeing your comments elsewhere I just hoped you were well.

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  6. That made me smile. Loved it. In Wyong town centre, at a festival time called Love Lanes, people leave crocheted hearts and kind messages in material around the shopping centre entries. It’s been great to have you share your post this week for #lifethisweek on Denyse Whelan Blogs. Thank you. I hope you will be back next week, where the optional prompt is “young” but my guest poster, Mr Whelan, is sharing his thoughts for the final time on the blog in 2021 on a different topic. See you there, Denyse.

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  7. What fun to fool the eye like that. Since you were at a small local branch you might enjoy a book I just finished called “The Reading List” about the impact a small branch has on a little circle of people. Not astounding writing, but very satisfying story.

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