Banquet tablescape

“Table set in preparation for a banquet at Queens Hotel, Townsville,” Queensland, ca. 1885, photographer unknown, via State Library of Queensland on flickr.

Click on the image to enlarge it.  Or, even better, you can click on ‘via’ above and then on that image to zoom around all the details. (I love all the various ways the napkins are folded.)

Or, if you would like to see some creative current table arrangements made by other garden bloggers, please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for “In a vase on Monday.”

Little Bendigo

“Woman and children in home garden, Little Bendigo, Ballarat, Victoria, 1876,” by unknown photographer, via The Biggest Family Album in Australia, Museums Victoria Collections on flickr.

Harriet, Caroline, and Harriet Mary Whitaker are shown in front of their home on Lofven Street. (A photo of their neighbors is here.)

Little Bendigo was the site of a small gold rush in the 1860s. It took inspiration from Bendigo, Victoria, an important gold mining boomtown of the 1850s. In 1881, the town’s name became Nerrina.

Lucky ducks

A repeat post from 2014. . .
Garden pavilion over a duck and goose pond, unknown location, ca. 1900, Phillips Glass Plate Negative Collection, via Powerhouse Museum (Sydney, Australia) Commons on flickr.

I would love to see the rest of this property.

[I]t is more important for the gardener to be enchanted than for the critics to be pleased.

— Henry Mitchell, from The Essential Earthman