By Danielle Galvin
You know what everyone needs during the Melbourne lockdown?
Something to smile about!
Mum of three Kristen Gordon was looking for an afternoon activity to get her kids outside recently.
Little did she know – their little hay bale art project in their Goulburn Valley community would go viral around Australia.
Every Aussie parent or grandparent knows Bluey and Bingo well – the much-loved characters from the ABC show which follows the adventures of the Blue Heeler pups and their parents.
It’s a loveable, sweet and entertaining show many families have fallen in love with.
Two of Kristen’s kids are big fans too, so they created a Bluey out of two hay bales and some spray paint.
“Our ‘Bluey’ was just an afternoon backyard project to get the kids busy outside,” she said.
“I posted a photo on Facebook but I had no idea that there would be so much interest, so I decided it would be nice to make a Bingo to put next to Bluey by the roadside.
“Due to an overwhelming response these characters have been moved into town so everyone can enjoy.
“Each character is made of 2 bales of hay, standing 8ft tall.”
Bluey and Bingo now live in the small town of Tongala (between Kyabram and Echuca) near the post office – for everyone to enjoy.
Kristen says anyone can have a go at hay bale art, popular in her community.
“I have never drawn anything but stick figures!” she said.
“The best thing is if you make a mistake you can pretty much just spray over it.
“I hope other farming families jump on board and help spread some cheer in these trying times.”
And while they sadly won’t last forever, they’re a fabulous addition during a difficult time.