My mother had this piano music when I was young,
and I grew up enjoying the songs from that great old Broadway musical, South Pacific...
A few years later, and a young Mr Cardinal was seen on stage in a local amateur production.
The characters are US army personnel during World War II, fighting on the idyllic islands not far off the coast of New Guinea and Queensland.
An Australian professional revival of the show is currently playing in BrisVegas...
Naturally, the Cardinals flew in to see it the other night.
Yes, it is modernised a bit, but why meddle with the formula - same gang of cheeky guys,
Heroine Nellie (Lisa McCune) is still trying to Wash That Man Right Outta her Hair!
That Man, French Planter Emile De Becque, is played by world-class operatic star, Teddy Tahu Rhodes.
What a Voice!! Stunningly gorgeous!
The sets were great, very evocative of the tropical island Bali Hai,
and I liked the use of giant, period-style, maps which showed us just how close the war was to our own state and city.
We have been back in the mountains again, with my Dad (92 and still loves an outing). Took these tropical snaps from the deck of a jungle cafe.
Tree fern: sits outside my laundry door.
Whilst in the mood for Musicals, we popped off to see Les Miserables.
Raw and gutsy, Oscar-worthy it undoubtedly is, and I did appreciate the dramatics and cinematic effects. Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe waved the flag for Australia in fine form.
But, and there is a but, I do prefer my beautiful music sung beautifully...
Sorry, lovely and talented Anne Hathaway, but it was a bit too much emoting at the expense of the aria.
I think I prefer Susan Boyle singing "I Dreamed a Dream" ..
Getting the place back to normal, post-Christmas?
Somebody left a few of his Christmas toys behind ..
Mr C has returned to the office this week, but spent a few of the holidays clearing out this formerly Overgrown and Sinfully Neglected section of garden.
New plants coming soon, but meantime, look at the orchid I tied to a tree.
It was a piece cut from a large orchid at my Dad's old home, and look how well it is shooting. It produces tiers of lovely creamy orchids, but I forget its name.
The little cottage garden we started before Christmas is coming along.
But will it survive the next heatwave, set to hit tomorrow and last a week?
Temperatures could go up to 40C. around here.
I may decide to go somewhere else for the duration!