The sound of my feet. The warm sun on my back. The feeling of bliss that only a holiday run can give – running on a Wednesday morning when I’m usually at work? There’s nothing quite so good.
As we run we weave our way through native gardens, big old ghost gums, scraggly wattles and the odd boab tree here and there.
We are running in beautiful Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, Perth, Western Australia.
Just as we round a corner there in front is a Banksia tree full of Big Bad Banksia Men. At least that’s what I think when I see the seed pods peering at me through their strange looking eyes; eyes that pop out of their hairy, prickly bodies. Run faster Unsporty Woman, they are out to get you! I’m immediately transported back to childhood at the scary sight of them!
My Mum had a copy of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs (1877 – 1969); I would get it off the book shelf and look at the wonderful illustrations. I loved all the bush babies, so sweet and cute. Each baby was inspired by an Australian native flower. Gum blossoms, Boronia, Wattle and so many uniquely beautiful Australian flowers were all transformed into sweet little babies with her artistically gifted pencil and brush. But the Banksias? They were the baddies, the villains, always trying to catch the poor little bush babies and be mean and nasty to them.
Kings Park was full of May Gibbs’ characters who were hiding within each blossom and seed pod. A beautiful run and a lovely trip of remembering the imaginative art of a talented Australian Illustrator and Author, May Gibbs.
Run like a Big Bad Banksia Man is chasing you? I did on our run in Kings Park. I’m pleased to say they didn’t catch me this time. If you get the chance to visit Kings Park be sure to look out for the Bush Babies, but don’t let the Big Bad Banksia Men catch you!
Happy running 🙂
PS and just for something else wicked, my Brown-eyed Baby Girl took me to see Wicked as a belated Mother’s Day Treat while we were in WA – the show was amazing and we had the best time, thanks Bubby x