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Alice in Kettering

Like Alice in Wonderland I stumbled into a strange world at Kettering recently. This is the place where you take the Ferry to Bruny Island and there are some pleasant places round about like Peppermint Bay, which has a great restaurant and Woodbridge, with its narrow crooked road, large old oak trees and quaint shops and vineyards. The road I usually take was closed and I ended up at an almost deserted hotel. Inhabited by strange creatures and mythical beings, it looked like a film set from Lord of the Rings. King Neptune guards the entrance. A mermaid gazes out to sea and wherever you look you come upon intricate sculptures by Swiss Australian sculptor Roland Gabatel.

There's a Griffin grinning from the top of the chimney

Giant Mushrooms lead the way to the door

Entrance to the Oyster Cove Hotel. There are interesting sculptures inside too

The mermaid's view from the verandah

An exhuberant Merlin rises from a garden bed

Strange creatures and mythical beings - even the green man is here

Octopus and Fish

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum in the driveway

The Queen of Hearts emerges from a tree. The White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and Alice are nearby

Nat and Tim who made me welcome on a lovely sunny afternoon -Hi Guys!

I don't know about you, but I am not one to haunt museums and galleries. I love my art served this way - a naturalistic setting where it takes you completely by surprise.