Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mary Poppins claim-to-fame


Laura mentioned on her blog today that she has just got a new job as a nanny.  She will be cleaning house and caring for 3 children, perhaps even accompanying the family on a holiday to Hawaii.  Sounds exotic, doesn't it?  I suggested she get herself a carpet bag.

Maybe that's because around here we all think of Mary Poppins when we think of nannies.  P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, was born here in Maryborough.  A year or so ago, a statue (life size apparently, so boy she must have been little!) was erected outside the heritage-listed building in which she lived.  Last weekend while my family were visiting we took a walk past the statue and snapped a few photos.  It was actually raining on and off; so Saraya's umbrella wasn't just there as a prop I assure you!  Mum suggested the pose.  ;)

We also took my parents to "Mary Delicious" for afternoon tea (yes, another name coined by the
 Mary in Maryborough), an old-fashioned lolly shop / ice-cream parlour / milk bar / coffee shop, complete with home-made fudge.  Of course with free fudge tastings, so we always eat too much!  It's delightful, and one of the many quirks of our little town.  



2 comments:

Laura said...

Now, I'm really jealous! I've always loved Mary Poppins... first because she had an umbrella, and second because I fell in love with the book. You know, my friend Jhaniel also suggested a carpet bag, so I think that's a top priority now.
I really want to go to Maryborough now, because that ice-cream parlour sounds amazing! And getting to see the statue... well, I'd be the happiest girl in all of frozen Alaska!
-Laura

Heather said...

Those pictures are adorable! I so want to come to your town. Someday I will! (but I'll call first of course :)

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