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.  


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!

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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