May Gibbs and Nutcote House

The famous gumnut babies, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, May Gibbs

The famous gumnut babies, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, May Gibbs

Yesterday I went to the modest home of one of the most beloved children's writers ever.  Her botanical illustrations were awe-inspiring and the tales told, magical.  Her most famous works are cartoons and books featuring the characters of her garden.  In some ways, she reminded me of Beatrix Potter, and in others, she is quite unique.  For one, the stories take place in the miniature where the little 'babies' are made of small flower parts!   Janet, Linda and I had a great time.  We lunched nearby at a lovely restaurant on the water.  Nice to have a ladies day out!

Her boxwood caterpillar!

Her boxwood caterpillar!

It's really incredible how she was able to build these stories with characters derived from the native bush flora, and including some fauna (like Mrs. Kookaburra).  It is worth a google of her name.

Imaginary gardens, Nutcote House, Neutral Bay, Sydney

Imaginary gardens, Nutcote House, Neutral Bay, Sydney