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.