After a week of gentle rain, the Red Cardinal Garden of Neglect is picking itself up and looking much more refreshed...
The birds are enjoying things too..
and we enjoyed a great night out at the new Australian production of My Fair Lady, always one of my favourite musicals.
To celebrate 60 years since its Broadway debut, the original leading lady Dame Julie Andrews, has come to Australia as Director.
Here she is with the stars of the Brisbane production.
Dame Julie is now 81 years young, and still gorgeous...
and here she is as Eliza Doolittle in the original stage production, back in the 1950s.
The show was absolutely 'loverley'...
and here's the secret from our great night at the theatre:
We were up near the front of the stalls, and near to the side aisle.
Just as the lights dimmed three people came and sat beside us, brought out clipboards, and made notes on the show, with whispered asides during the applause. And guess what? One of them was Dame Julie herself!
I could not help taking a peek over at her from time to time.
She is very tall and slender with delicate features and very fine skin. Just lovely. There was no chance of conversation or an autograph - they timed their exit just before the lights came back on.
Meantime, I've also been enjoying 'Making Modernism' at QAG.
No photos are allowed, but here are a few of my favourites, shown in my catalogue:
|Georgia O'Keeffe: 'Petunia No 2' 1924|
|Georgia O'Keeffe: 'Pelvis IV' 1944|
O'Keeffe collected old weathered bones in the desert of New Mexico. This beautifully painted picture gives a glimpse of the brilliant blue skies of the American West, with a daytime moon.
|Margaret Preston 'Western Australian Gum Blossom' 1928|
|Margaret Preston 'Australian Coral Flowers' 1928|
|Margaret Preston 'Implement Blue' 1927|
|Grace Cossington Smith 'Things on an Iron Tray on the Floor' c 1928|
|Grace Cossington Smith 'The Window' 1956|
Spare a thought tonight for the people in tropical North Queensland as Cyclone Debbie edges closer and closer to our coastline between Mackay and Townsville. The cyclone is expected to make landfall in about twelve hours from now, bringing extremely high winds and a possible four metre storm surge, escalating to at least category 4.
Today about 25,000 people were evacuated from low lying areas, and the authorities are doing everything possible to prepare for this weather event and prevent loss of life.
Australia is a large country, and as this event is 800km (500 miles) north of us, we are safe and sound in our nest.
Thoughts and prayers for those in the affected areas.