December is summer time but around this small continent (or very large island, take your pick), the weather is weird. Heatwaves, bushfires, mini tornadoes, torrential rain, and ... snow! The evening news shows fire fighters desperately trying to save homes, and the next item shows children making snow angels. I only have sand angels to show you, and not the lying on their backs kind.
Summer time is perfect for eating outside and these kids have a savoury tooth. Give them a tray of cornichons, cottage cheese and Jatz and they're very content. This was Cilla's choice for afternoon tea.
The two most interesting features were outside the mall. One was an art gallery and workshop for disabled people which had a stunning exhibition of weaving by a woman without sight, speech or hearing. I need to go back there to learn more about what they do and, I don't know, somehow offer some assistance.
The other great thing was an automated water sculpture. Dinahmow sent me photos of one she'd seen, I think in NY, so I was surprised to see this one here. Water flows, things move, water splashes and falls and gurgles, and the sculpture itself is quite charming. Australian birds, reptiles and mammals are featured, along with a clock and much more. Here is a glimpse from one angle - each time you move you see a different scene, and a detail of some shags, a lizard on a Monstera leaf (not Australian) and some nymphs.
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