Contemporary and traditional homes in Queensland;
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Maryborough, Queensland has a unique link to the world's most famous nanny that no other place in the world can claim.
It all started in a bedroom in the manager’s residence above a bank building in Maryborough in 1899, when the bank manager's wife gave birth to a baby girl named Helen Lyndon Goff.
After spending the first few years of her life here, her family moved to Brisbane then Ipswich, Allora, Bowral and then Sydney.
As a young woman in the 1920s she moved to London and took the name Pamela Travers for her writing. It was under that name that she wrote the successful Mary Poppins books that lead to fortune and fame - and one of the most successful movies of all times.
The first ‘Mary Poppins’ novel about the magical and exceedingly efficient nanny was an immediate success and the Mary Poppins series - there were eight books in total - went on to be translated into more than 20 languages.
Pamela Lyndon Travers OBE (born Helen Lyndon Goff) (9 August 1899 – 23 April 1996), was an Australian-born British novelist, actress and journalist, popularly remembered for her series of children's novels about the mystical and magical nanny Mary Poppins. Her popular series has been adapted many times, including in the 1964 film starring Julie Andrews, and in the new Broadway musical which originally was produced in London's West End.
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Saturday, March 19, 2011
I have been away up North for a few days. Walking along the beach I found this Gloriosa scrambling all over the place with many flowers. I think they show generally a more crimson colour than this orange red. It is a vine and grows from tubers. I have taken a few cuttings to try to grow it.
I hope you like the Gloriosa Lily as it is sometimes called.
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Saturday, March 12, 2011
Geranium; I like this pink/white concoction. They are ever popular plants and are never out of fashion. I grow mainly hanging ivy geraniums.They do well through spring, autumn and winter. they do not like my humid, hot summer.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Zosterops lateralis; Silvereye
The Silvereye is a small bird with a conspicuous ring of white feathers around the eye, and belongs to a group of birds known as white-eyes. The Silvereye shows interesting plumage variations across its range.
Silvereyes are more common in the south-east of Australia, but their range extends from Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, through the south and south-west to about Shark Bay, Western Australia. They are also found in Tasmania.
Silvereyes may occur in almost any wooded habitat, especially commercial orchards and urban parks and gardens.
Silvereyes move north each autumn, and move back south in late winter to breed.
Silvereyes feed on insect prey and large amounts of fruit and nectar, making them occasional pests of commercial orchards. Birds are seen alone, in pairs or small flocks during the breeding season, but form large flocks in the winter months.
Silvereye pairs actively defend a small territory. The nest is a small, neatly woven cup of grasses, hair, and other fine vegetation, bound with spider web. It is placed in a horizontal tree fork up to 5m above the ground. The nest is constructed by both sexes, who both also incubate the bluish-green eggs. If conditions are suitable two to three clutches will be raised in a season.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Lady Elliot Island is a breeding ground for Green- and Loggerhead turtles between November and May each year. Turtles come ashore at night to lay eggs and are easily disturbed by light, noise and movement. It is possible to have an incredible encounter and watch the females laying eggs and also the hatchlings emerge from the sand.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
This pretty climber winds its way up a native tree. It flowers nearly year round; very reliable but not invasive, it does not produce seed. It grows well from cuttings.
Allamanda, also known as Yellow Bell, Golden Trumpet or Buttercup Flower, is a genus of tropical shrubs or vines belonging to the dogbane family (Apocynaceae).
The genus Alamanda is native to South and Central America. Their year-round production of large, bright flowers have made the Allamanda popular ornamentals.
The genus name Allamanda derives from Dr. Frederich Allamanda (1735-1803), a Swiss botanist of the late 18th century.
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Photo TS from my garden.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
My shopping center, called The Pines. I call it the "Pine" in the neck! It is situated in Elanora about 8 km from my place. The short drive is pleasant as it follows the creek and the road is shaded by huge trees. Turning at the bridge I meet up with suburbia.The shopping center provides most of our needs. I would prefer markets and not such a sterile, urban shopping facility.
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Saturday, February 19, 2011
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do.
I'm half crazy all for the love of you.
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage.
But you'll look sweet,
Upon the seat,
Of a bicycle made for two.
Michael, Micheal, here is your answer true.
I'm not crazy all for the love of you.
There won't be any marriage,
if you can't afford a carriage.
'Cause I'll be switched,
if I get hitched,
on a bicycle built for two!"
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Kookaburra in the garden; Please click to enlarge;
Kookaburras (genus Dacelo) are large terrestrial kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea. The name a loanword from Wiradjuri guuguubarra, which is onomatopoeic of its call.
Kookaburras are best known for their unmistakable call, which sounds uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter — good-natured, but rather hysterical, merriment in the case of the renowned Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae); and maniacal cackling in the case of the slightly smaller Blue-winged Kookaburra (D. leachii).
They are territorial, and often live with the partly grown chicks of the previous season.
They often sing as a chorus to mark their territory and can be found in habitats ranging from humid forest to arid savanna, but also in suburban and residential areas near running water and where food can be searched for easily.
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Monday, January 3, 2011
A tribute to Pioneer women, Longreach, Australia.
From the 1800s to the onset of World War I, pioneers making their homes in outback Australia were joined by their wives, many of whom had no idea of the difficulties and dangers ahead.
These brave and resourceful women encountered conditions which would test their resilience and resourcefulness to the utmost:
relentless heat, dust and isolation; and no doctors or pioneer women featured who faced the risk of dying from malaria, the scourge of tropical Australia.
Many women lived in wooden huts or tin sheds with concrete floors, cooked on wood-fired stoves, and lacked any of the domestic appliances we take for granted today.
Georgiana Molloy and the Brussell women tamed hectares of virgin bush with primitive implements. Myrtle White was trapped among sandhills, the fine grains invading her home and impeding her harrowing attempts to get her feverish baby son to the doctor before he died.
White's predicament was quoted by the Revd John Flynn while raising funds for his Flying Doctor service.
The outback was indeed 'no place for a lady'. Yet many women with no previous experience of hardship rose to the challenge of creating homes, nursing farming - and keeping journals, which provided a startling vivid picture of the life they faced - part of the outback legend.
(Great Pioneer Women of the Outback by Susanna De Vries)
'Great Pioneer Women of the Outback' features women pioneering in some of the harshest land in Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, the Northern Territory and New South Wales.
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