Monday, 9 February 2009

That's My World: Souvenirs from Australia I



1. Decorated seed pods
2.Clapsticks
3.Coasters
4.Bullroarer
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Souvenirs are part of my world too, for they remind me of the places I have seen. As I go to Australia every year I've got quite a lot of Australian souvenirs.
The seed pods and clapsticks were decorated by the same artist who made my didgeridoo. His name is Roy McIvor. He is an uncle of my daughter's ex-husband. My daughter has written a book about his eventful life. It is soon to be published.


The coasters are made from the nut of the Giant Banksia, which is unique to Australia, see another Australian plant. These plants are named after Sir Joseph Banks who was Captain Cook's botanist.
Clapsticks are musical instruments and the bullroarer is used in ceremonies. It is tied to a piece of string, making a roaring sound when whirled round.


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28 comments:

Marja said...

Oh these souvenirs are fantastic.
I love the painted pods.
We've got a beautiful painted boomerang from australia.
Hope your family is all safe now overthere

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

Mooie souvenirs Wil, dankje voor je bezoekje ook al ben je druk... met mijn moeder gaat het inmiddels beter (heartsurgery) dankje:)

JoAnn's D Eyes/HOLLAND
www.joannwalraven.blogspot.com

Carver said...

Those are wonderful souvenirs. I've never seen a decorated seed pod before. What a good idea.

Louise said...

These are wonderful! I like unique souvenirs, and these are just that!

fishing guy said...

Wil: Need souvenirs from your trips to Australia.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Thank you for showing us some of your souvenirs! They are the kind I like to collect. ;-)

Sylvia K said...

What fabulous souvenirs and thanks so much for the description and their use! They are unique! Do hope your family is safe! Marvelous photos! thanks for sharing and have a good week!

ewok1993 said...

Those are fantastic souvenirs, not one of those run of the mill refrigerator magnets.

It's really sad that Australia is having all those bushfires. It reminds me of California last year; over 52 fires.

antigoni said...

I like souvenirs, too. I have many from the places i've been to. Are the clapsticks something like the tap dance from Spain?

kjpweb said...

Cool - those are souvenirs that actually mean something! :)
Cheers, Klaus

The Good Life in Virginia said...

i am the same...always have to have some special little momentos of where i've been.
the decorated seed pods are lovely.
have a good evening.
erin

imac said...

Most interesting, would love to hear the sound they make.

SandyCarlson said...

These souvenirs are gorgeous. What talent. I love the way the artist made use of these things.

Janie said...

What interesting souvenirs. I like learning what they're used for and the plants they're made from.

starnitesky said...

You have some wonderful souvenirs here to treasure, I like the decorated seed pod.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

I am in awe of the craftsmanship.To call them souvenirs,just doesn't seem to do them justice.

Pacey said...

I love the coasters Wil, :) But all are a true artist's work. Thanks for sharing.

Babooshka said...

Indigenous people fascinate me and these keepsakes
are so beautifully created.

Indrani said...

Wow! These are precious!
I too go grabbing little souvenirs when I visit places.

Wren said...

Those are beautiful! I like have souvenirs, too, and all the great memories they trigger.

Grammy said...

That is very creative and beautiful.

Pam said...

What marvelous treasures you have returned with. The pods are my favorite :)

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Is this Aboriginale decoration, it's very beautiful.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Love these, My friend from Adalaide brought me a Boomerang

John said...

This was great souvenirs. Thanks for sharing.

ViennaDaily said...

Wow very interesting and unique souvenirs there! I dont have any of them! :D Enjoy your week!

Glennis said...

Souvenirs are very much part of our Worlds, they bring back wonderful memories of our happy holidays. you have a nice collection of interesting things here. I like to collection small interesting things too.

Dina said...

Wow, you got the best souvenirs, Wil. I looked for useful little gifts to bring back and had to make do with "Australian" tea towels made in China. :)