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Mary Poppins,Helen Lyndon Goff and Maryborough

Pamela Lyndon Travers OBE (born Helen Lyndon Goff; 9 August 1899 – 23 April 1996) was an Australian-born novelist, actress and journalist. In 1924 she emigrated to England where she wrote under the pen name P. L. Travers. In 1933 she began writing her series of children’s novels about the mystical and magical English nanny Mary Poppins. Her popular books have been adapted many times, including the 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and the Broadway musical originally produced in London’s West End. Interestingly the movie made $29 million in 1964 beating the Sound of Music.Here in Maryborough kids are on school holidays and the town is a popular tourist area virtue of the writer (and actress) PL Travers. Annie spent time in Maryborough today and all pics were taken exclusively by her.Children are involved in kinds of activities including Chimney Sweep competitions and painting of Mary Poppins type umbrella,s (even the big kids had a go !) Children were allowed to “draw” on the pavements and a professional chalk artist began the proceedings with some great pavement drawings

Not being a fan of Mary Poppins I stayed at home cleaning my Bar and Snooker Table and sorting out my extensive CD collection ready to sell at the next Motorhome Rally,they have been stored for a long time,hopefully others will get as much enjoyment out of them as I have ! and? whilst doing this very worthwhile chore I played exceptionally loud music !!


June 30, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rocky Creek Lansborough and our SECOND visit to our (hopefully) new Chapter The SunCoasters

To join this elite group of Motor home travellers it is a requirement to attend THREE of the monthly held meetings to achieve membership (hopefully) and this being our second with the next meeting in Pomona and the theme will be YELLOW ,should be a very interesting meeting ! I have plagiarized a few sentences from Wikipedia and here is the result ….Landsborough is a small town on the Sunshine Coast hinterland of Queensland, Australia. It is situated north of the Glasshouse Mountains just off Steve Irwin Way, 82 km north of Brisbane at the base of the southern end of the Blackall Range. At the 2006 census, Landsborough had a population of 2,805.
Landsborough is situated on the main railway line from Brisbane and there are several services daily southbound to Brisbane and northbound to Nambour and Gympie.
The heavens opened up on our Friday arrival and we were greeted by many smiling faces who were determined NOT to let the rain dampen the atmosphere. Saturday was completely different and the Sun shone brightly for the day enabling the usual Disc Bowls and Boule to begin.In the afternoon we were entertained by a travelling singer/guitarist who was a very pleasant musician
Situated on 128 acres of natural bush land and wildlife sanctuary.The northern boundary is Rocky Creek, which is a “”ribbon of rainforest”” and has many varieties of palms, large trees and bamboo (not to be felled).and this very picturesque place was home for almost 3 days


June 24, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Second Half of 2013 is VERY exciting for us

We have one more weekend attendance to our new “Chapter” The Sun Coasters before we attain full membership and we are truly thankful that we have met such a lovely friendly,helpful group .Next up will be a month travelling the Birdsville Track ( courtesy Wikipedia….The Birdsville Track is a notable outback road in Australia. The 517 km track runs from Marree, a small town in northern South Australia, north across the Tirari Desert and Sturt Stony Desert, ending in Birdsville in south western Queensland. In former years the track was of a very poor quality and suitable only for high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, but it has been upgraded to a full-scale dirt road and is now a popular tourist route. It is also used by stock trucks carrying livestock.The path traverses the driest part of the country with less than an average 100 mm of rainfall annually.The area is extremely barren, dry and isolated, and anyone wishing to travel the track must carry fresh water, supplies, fuel, and spare parts for their vehicle with them in case of emergencies ) we will be in time for the annual Birdsville Races and of course this blog will have lots of pictures
After that epic trip we will spend a week at the 28th National Rally Narrabri NSW 21st – 27th October 2013 and we know that will be a great gathering of over 1000 Motorhomes ! THE BIG ONE starts December and takes us on a 16 day cruise around Asia and we will celebrate Xmas and New Year on the High Seas and to top it all off around February 2014 we will spend a week in Brisbane with my Daughter & husband along with 2 of our grand children .Exciting days ahead !

June 20, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Where we have travelled in Oz in our Bus

Clocking up over 40,000 kms we still have plenty to explore with at least3 more trips to go including the Simpson Desert and The Birdsville Track in August.Thanks to Annie for updating the map (trip is shown in Black)

Still lots to go

Still lots to go

June 4, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hervey Bay a profile of our Home Town

Time has come for me to write a little on our home and list some of the reasons why we chose to live here after 30 yrs in Perth Western Australia. We started our around Oz trip in 2010 and having giving a lot of time pondering if we should move to the Eastern States we arrived here in Hervey Bay and immediately fell in love with the place ans are also fortunate enough to live in a new area (cul de sac) and after inviting the neighbours round for a drink or 6 we are pleased to say “this is it” our Valhalla & probably our last settlement Unashamedly I have plagiarized from Wikipedia with thanks The Island shown in the photo,s is named Round Island and is a 10 minute boat drive from where we live ,a day trip ( that we have done) proves to be very relaxing


Hervey Bay is a city in Queensland, Australia pop around 50000 The city is situated approximately 290 kilometres (180 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane, and lies on the coast of a natural bay between the Queensland mainland and nearby Fraser Island. The local economy relies on tourism, for which whale watching, Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island and Hervey Bay’s calm beaches are the major drawcards.It is very attractive to to Grey Nomads and Seniors because of all the attractions that are on offer for this particular group of people.Whales arrive en masse from July to November for the calfing season and attracts lots of tourists during this time
The area has a mild, sub-tropical climate with an average 30 °C (86 °F) in summer and 23 °C (73 °F) in winter. The coast is predominantly affected by the south east trade winds which keep a cool breeze throughout the summer Cyclones are a threat at times with Cyclone Hamish threatening in 2009 as a Category 5. The land mass of Fraser Island significantly affects the pattern of weather in Hervey Bay and protects the immediate marine environment from open ocean storm effects. Average rainfall for the year is 1,100 millimetres (43 in) with an average of 300 sunny days
Hervey Bay began as a dispersed community spread over numerous small, seaside villages. As the area grew, these communities amalgamated and became suburbs of the new city. The current city includes Dundowran, Dundowran Beach, Eli Waters, Kawungan, Nikenbah, Pialba, Point Vernon, Scarness, Takura, Torquay, Urangan (Our area), Urraween, Walligan and Wondunna.

We are members of 2 local Clubs ( the RSL & The Boat Club ) and a brief description is offered below
Hervey Bay Boat Club Incorporated is a unique group of facilities comprised of Hervey Bay Boat Club, The Sporties Club (page link), The Boat Club Fuel Stop and Great Sandy Strait Service Stations and Hervey Bay Boat Club Marina The Boat Club provides a complete entertainment venue with Sinbad’s’ Bistro a la carte dining, Coffee Shop (page links) bars, free live entertainment the latest poker machines, TAB and Keno, wedding reception and function facilities (functions page link) and a FREE courtesy bus service . The Club also boasts several sporting clubs under its umbrella.(
The club was established in 1920 with its first liquor licence granted in 1951. We currently employ 140 people and the club actively supports numerous charitable and sporting associations, as well as providing modern social facilities for 19 000 members.

Hervey Bay RSL members will get to enjo a choice of dining experiences, access to exclusive member only promotions, discounts, reward program, internal social and recreational clubs and savings with selected business outlets in Hervey Bay. ( ) Have a look at the URLS I have entered for more info. A great place to live ( the Council do not pay me for this particular Blog !! unfortunately !)

June 3, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


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