Vintage landscape: a curious garden

So many little faces. . .

Old Curiosity Shop, Museum Victoria Garden and wall of the Old Curiosity Shop, Ballarat, Australia, ca. 1895, via Museum Victoria.

“Little girls would bring their broken dolls to Mr Warwick for him to mortar into this wall,” according to the museum’s online catalogue.

The photo (and the one below) were contributed by Mrs Wilma Mahoney to The Biggest Family Album of Australia project.

Old Curiosity Shop, 1895, Museum VictoriaMr. and Mrs. Warwick in the garden of their Old Curiosity Shop, ca. 1895.

Happy Halloween!

Life in gardens: backyard sprinkler

Jumping sprinklerGerald Brocklesby of Blackburn (near Melbourne), Australia, jumps over the sprinkler in his family’s backyard, January 17, 1953, via Museum Victoria.

The photo was contributed by Mr Mark Brocklesby as part of the museum’s Melbourne’s Biggest Family Album  project in 2006.

Fair seed-time had my soul. . .
— William Wordsworth, from “The Prelude