Photographing Public Art Challenge #23

Topiary Town

This week I thought I’d show you the topiary art around Oatlands, where Naomi used to live. There are different pieces depicting rural life all around the town. Most of these were taken some years ago. I haven’t had a chance on my last few visits to take new ones. I think the earliest photos are from around 2007-8, not 2003. I had just bought my first digital camera and I had not learned how to change the date or prevent it from appearing on the print. I’m still finding ones that I haven’t altered.

Man in a boat with some sheep.
Topiary frame, Oatlands circa 2009

When I used to visit Oatlands regularly, before David was sick, I tried to photograph this group of topiary animals at Lake Dulverton on a regular basis to chart their growth. These were taken over several years. You can see the years of drought and the years of good rains in these too.

This topiary sofa is just outside the Oatlands Bargain Centre. It’s not too comfy to sit on but looks great.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Wow, this is quite unique, Tas. The first set of pictures you took of how the trees grow into the frames is something I’ve never seen. I bet not many people have seen that. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.