Don’t be fooled by the title of this post, it has nothing to do with food.
One of the reasons I mentioned in my last post about why I had been fearful of getting on with creating my blog was the fear that its all been done before and quite frankly somebody is probably doing it better. That indeed still may be the case but a recent trip to Margaret River in WA showed me that although things may indeed be the same they can also be the same but amusingly different!!
As we were tootling along hoping to find lots of delicious, nutritious and hopefully organic fare, we trundled through a quirky little town about 12km outside of the world famous Margaret River called Cowaramup. Now the delicious organic fare was disappointingly few and far between in Margaret River but little Cowaramup is not like any “udder” small town…and had a few of its own local treats!
It may not be obvious from first glance at the name but on closer inspection and I would guess from my not so subtle clue, one can clearly see why the locals call it “Cowtown”. Now the reason I generally stop in most small towns that I have never heard of is usually due to the “call of the wild”…..no sorry that’s not right…..”the call of nature”…. yes that sounds more like it. I knew we had stumbled onto a town with a good sense of humour when i saw this helpful sign…
I admit…I just didn’t realise there were so many people out there who need THIS much “direction” that it would warrant a sign..! I am thinking the pointing finger and the 150m would have sufficed for me but maybe I am smarter than I thought!!
It takes less than a minute to work out how they are utilising the “Cow” in Cowaramup, even though technically it was named by local Aboriginals after the Cowara bird. It would appear some poetic license has been applied by the locals for their own purposes!!
There are basically cows littering the streets everywhere. Wherever you turn you come face to face with bovine of the artificial kind.
If you find yourself there do take the time to browse the gift shop cleverly named MuKau ( Moo Cow….get it??….get it???) and The Candy Cow shop…..which sells…..well…candy. The lady serving in MuKau was delightful and made me want to spend more than I should!!
It is clear this town boasts a sense of humour but it gets better so bear with me.
Its not everyday that when I am driving into a town I grab my husbands arm and cry out…”Look A Jesus Cow”.
In fact I think its a phrase that I can hand on heart say has never passed my lips before. But is sure has now……..let me take you back in Cowaramups history.
There is a local icon in Cowaramup which can be found at Lawrence Wines. This winery is beautiful and its well worth a visit just to go in the bathrooms…..they are amazing…..but I digress. The local icon is a sculpture named ….”Free as a bird” which caused a great deal of controversy between the designer of the sculpture and owner of the winery Dianne Lawrence and the local Shire. Apparently Ms Lawrence did not have planning permission before she had the 3m gilded 24 ct gold leaf statue, perched on a 14m electric blue pole erected in the middle of her lake! Why would you?
When the council suggested that it be moved and reduced in size Ms Lawrence was not happy.She argued “Thats a bit like asking Leonardo da Vinci to paint the Mona Lisa’s hair blonde”. (not quite Dianne but we understand your distress.) She then proceeded to spend an estimated $150,ooo fighting the council at the State Administrative Tribunal. You Go Girl!! I love people who have the time and indeed the money to take on seemingly vindictive Shires. Locally the statue is known as the “Chick On A Stick!!………… I Love it!!
Now we get to the similar but different stage…..finally…..phew! In 2010 artist Ron Roozen cheekily created another similar sculpture which rises up out of the centre of Pioneer Park on the main street. It’s official name is “Free as A Cow!” A cow for the rest of the herd to look up to!! However its goes by many other names my favourite being……..
“Roast On A Post!!”
That’s what you see as you innocently enter this cheeky little town …….
Now you can’t tell me that she doesn’t look like some kind of religious bovine leader!!
It was soooo hysterical to see that rising up out of the centre of the local park.
Close up please ………..
I just love how regal and kind of religiously naughty she looks. Anything that makes me shout out and laugh when I am driving into a town is a thumbs up for me.
So who cares if loads of people are doing blog posts….we can all be the same but amusingly different!! Lets hope so.!!