Sunday, April 25, 2010

Love Padlock Lookout

A couple of years ago I read about a place called Pecs in Hungary where lovers began to clamp padlocks to a wrought iron fence in the main square of the city as a symbol of committment to one another. This tradition has now been replicated in other cities over the world. I thought it was such a cute custom.

Last year Bill and I celebrated 10 years of marriage and I had my own padlock engraved with our names and date of marriage. But where to put it??????

Hungary was obviously out of the question. So I presented it to him at our favourite lookout walk at Glenbrook. It's a lovely bushwalk of around 20 minutes and then you come out into a clearing with a view all the way back to the Sydney CBD. We locked our padlock onto the fence in July last year. Today we decided to pay our padlock a visit.

The troops get organised

Here is our padlock. It's only been attached to the fence for about 9 months and already its quite weathered. After we attached it last July we threw the keys over the edge of the lookout into the bush. I said to Bill "And there it will stay forever." And he replied "Forever, or until the vandals hack it off." Well, we are happy to report it is still there. And we had an added little surprise today......

..someone else has followed our lead and now there are 2 padlocks on the fence. Hello to Melissa Gilbert and her beau. I was so excited to see another padlock I screamed. I've started a tradition. Me, little old me, has started a tradition of love in my little suburb. I was so chuffed.

I'm now hoping to see more whenever I go.


Debbie said...

What a beautiful idea !

Jane said...

I've never seen this before, what a beautiful tradition!
Good on you for starting something that will bring others joy.

Michelle said...

That is SO exciting!!

Linda said...

Yours is gorgeous. I have been listening to a song today you may like. It is a normal song by a Christian band but has a street sound.

libby said...

Oh, how fun that you found another padlock where you left yours.


Anonymous said...

My husband and I will have our tenth wedding anniversary next year in September 2011.
Perhaps we will go up to Glenbrook in with our engraved padlock join the "tradition"!