Sunday, October 21, 2012

October 21. Day 295. Clowning around

They say all the world loves a clown. They are wrong.
There was just a touch of coulrophobia (the fear of clowns) on display at the Mount Cooth-tha Botanic Gardens at the launch of the official Children's Week celebrations.
Families were out in force to enjoy the free outdoor entertainment on offer and Bumbles the Balloonatic Clown was a huge draw card.
Most of the kids were delighted to whisper a request for a balloon frog, dog or bee but a great many preferred to check out the action from a bit of a distance.
But Viola Blackburn, aged five and a half, was having none of it.
She was all smiles when Bumbles put her magical touch to creating a pink balloon poodle.
Laugh and the world laughs with you and all that.
I have to say, however, that Bumbles must indeed be a special creature to keep smiling in conditions that would melt the make up off a mere mortal.
I had a headache just looking at her but as Groucho Marx said "A clown is like aspirin, only (s)he works twice as fast."
Yep laughter is the best medicine even for those who are just a bit unsure about the class clown.


  1. I am not a huge clown fan but she looks to be doing a grand job here under that thick layer of make up. Certainly bringing a smile to the audience!Thank you for joining in with one year of Country Kids and for all your support this year. I am delighted to be continuing happily into year two!

  2. oh my son would run a mile, clowns, balloons all no no's in this house, but lovely photo x

  3. The role of a clown is fantastic, and if they're laughing then they're great! However, there's nothing more sinister than a non-smiling clown. Love the natural laughter in this photo!

    Popping over from Country Kids