Monday, 16 March 2015

Running about the braes with Robbie Burns


Squatting on the concrete steps beneath the plinth of the Robbie Burns statue along Domain Road, I wondered why on earth it came to be there. The statue. Sure there must be a Burns Society in Sydney. Well, the metal plaque on one of the garden seats in the attached garden mentioned the society. The statue has a grand location, along Domain Road, halfway between St Marys Cathedral and the Art Gallery of NSW. The Domain Trust must have been replete with Presbyterian Scots at some stage. Wily Scots, with lots of well-heeled benefactors.


The gardens surrounding the statue are being remodelled. They seem to be a smidge confused about whether they want annuals, biennials, or perennials. This large rectangular bed, in pride of place, is a case in point. Being filled with veggies, and all. Tempting to add a lettuce leaf or three to my Sub. However, the effect in the garden is impressively attractive.


8 comments:

Vagabonde said...

The statue looks great in the park. But I have to admit that I had to look up Robbie Burns as I did not know him. He certainly was a famous man and I’ll read more about him. Growing up we studied mostly French poets, like Victor Hugo, Baudelaire and so on, and English language poets were not really studied. I’ll have to remedy that.

Denton Harryman said...

the people next to the statue do a good job of adding perspective.

Joe said...

I'm sure a passing visitor must have snaffled a lettuce leaf or two at some stage.

William Kendall said...

Whatever the origins for his statue being there, it is a beautiful setting.

Tahiti Daily Photo said...

Great to see a veggies garden there !

llandudnopictures said...

Beautiful scene!

Alain said...

Un bel entourage pour un fils de jardinier (j'ai appris cela sur Wikipedia)

Julie said...

Ahhh .. the son of a gardener, Alain. I, myself, am a gardener, and I found his garden bed a delight.