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…or Canberra.  Kambera is a word meaning “meeting place” in one of the native languages and may have led to Australia’s capital being named Canberra. But there is no hard and fast evidence for this, which I find rather sad. I can understand names being muddled in the early days of colonisation [in any country], when even English spellings were barely standardised. But Canberra only became the official name in 1913! A tip of the hat would have been nice…

But I don’t really want to tread that path, fraught as it always is.

I want to tell you a little about my recent visit to the Capital.

Now, some of you know that I met and was royally hosted by someone whose blog I’ve followed for several years. Yes! Another blog-meet. And from the airport pick-up we both felt like old friends.

We share so many interests I wonder sometimes if we are not,somehow, kin.

So, my first time in ACT and my head was swinging from window to window as we drove out. Most of the wattle (Acacia sp) was past its bloom, but I still saw enough for “wattle fix.” I can imagine what it must be like late winter/early spring. Here’s a link to just one

Jazz, the resident cat, must have known a stranger was coming – he hid in a closet! Eventually, he decided I was not a Major Threat and even allowed me to play with his ribbon …20181012_155443.jpg

There were birds! Oh yes! Regulars at the feeders kept us highly entertained. Currawongs, magpies, pigeons, king parrots and even bearded ravens. Most of my photos still need editing so you might have to wait a while.Here’s one of the male Kings (Alisterus) being hand-fed.king male

And then there were  gardens. My kind of gardens. I’m not going to overwhelm you with photos, promise! But just look at this wisteria! And that’s only SOME of it! 20181012_100202.jpg


Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) is an old favourite of mine.It loves cold winters or I’d probably go a bit  mad with it here!



A pure white Aquilegia in Sue’s garden



Flowering quince  Chaenomoles japonica  Another one that likes a colder climate.



I will share more another day, but here’s another wattle/Acacia. Just because. No, I don’t know which one!20181012_095014.jpg

And something I loved…just around the corner someone has set up a street library, with a notice inviting people to help themselves to a book and to add books to the shelf if they wish to. Thoughtfully draped in plastic sheeting to keep books dry and topped with this splendid fellow…


Next time, I’ll take you to the zoo!


Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!

33 thoughts on “KAMBERA…

  1. It was truly lovely seeing you. And as someone who never had a sister, I am very happy to claim a ‘sister under the skin’.

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  2. PS: I would love that wisteria. And the dark lilac.

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  3. They can last over 200 years, but I would guess this one was probably planted when the house was built.And it’s not a very old suburb,


  4. Wisteria and Lilac are favourites of mine. I could stand under the Wisteria for hours because it smells so gorgeous.
    Meanwhile…. I think I will set up a street library!! Or a lane library, and hope that the cows don’t eat them.

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  5. I went to Kambera once … it was closed! [rimshot]

    No, actually it was nice. I mostly went to visit the Australian War Memorial Museum and spent several hours there enjoying the displays and artifacts. Personally, the most touching were one of the actual landing boats from Gallipoli and the HMAS Brisbane display which our ship had operated with in Viet Nam.

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    • I chose NOT to go the the War Memorial, partly because of limited time, but mainly because it gets very crowded at this time and, being the Armistice centenary, even more so.
      But what I did see was lovely.


  6. Ah, we’re in much more familiar floral territory here – obviously Canberra and the UK have similar climates – and so topsy-turvy to see beautiful Spring flowers like the gorgeous wisteria and lilacs, when we’ve just spent the day clearing dead foliage and preparing the dahlia ready for its winter hibernation… Jx

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    • I did think of you and England (not in the advice -to -young -brides way of thinking!). Many people say they’d love to swap places with me and have the tropical palms and bougainvillea and giant poincianas…I miss my four distinct seasons. Funny ol’ world, innit?


  7. I would love to be able to grow lilac again….nothing like that scent.

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  8. Hah! Not even ice cubes can help us in this predicament! But I do have a melia azederach, aka Persian lilac, whose flowers’ scent is similar. I also have birds and bugs that nibble the flowers…

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  9. Nurseries here are so primitive that I’d have to hunt out seeds and import them in my luggage….

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  10. Most nurseries in this town have closed. Couldn’t compete with Big Box Bunnings. Well, that and increased overheads I guess.

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  11. How lovely to meet up with a blog friend. Glad to read you both enjoyed it.
    That wisteria is divine… the smell always evokes such fond childhood memories for me.

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    • Welcome aboard! While I was away, The Man sent an email saying that the wisteria we cut down a couple of years has shot up again and “you can train it when you get home…” I am so tempted!


  12. Isn’t it the best thing ever to meet up with blog friends? So glad you had so much fun laughing and talking, and those pics are pretty amazing! Hugs…RO


  13. Such gorgeous and vibrant flowers! What lovely colors! And that bird is spectacular! How awesome to hand feed it! And how amazing that striking cat didn’t go after that bird!

    The flowers are just stunning! Thanks for the marvelous fotos! Good luck with the revived wisteria!

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    • Yes, those parrots are a spectacular sight. At our former home, a small flock used to visit us every year when the wild tobacco flowered/seeded. A noxious weed in the eyes of Authority, the seeds were greatly favoured by the kings.

      The revived wisteria? Still tempted…


  14. What a lovely post! Having enjoyed EC’s blog and then reading yours, I am pretty sure you two may be related – at the very least in Spirit.

    The gorgeous wisteria instantly transported me back to my childhood home, where the fence surrounding the yard sagged under the weight of the very old vines. But, oh my, what color!

    Enjoy your upcoming week!

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    • Thank you. You may be right, Mr Jones!

      Wisteria, when it reaches the stage of needing extra support, is a popular bridal venue in several places! If my “gardening muscle” can dig the root out I might try it as a potted standard…


  15. Gorgeous! I missed buying lilacs this year, but I won’t next time. Wisteria seems to grow wild around here (in season, of course) and I’m thinking they’re leftovers from long ago homesteads. I seem to have developed a seriously brown thumb when it comes to outdoor planting, but I keep trying. xoxo

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  16. My wisteria here was gorgeous…the first 2 years. And then it just went haywire and threw out a few small flowers every few weeks.And rampant, Triffid-like leafy growth. A nightmare! I guess it’s another that needs a winter rest…

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  17. I read about your visit to EC on her blog, and I’m so glad that you both had a wonderful time together! I’ve only met one other blogger, a lovely man and his wife, but sadly he has since passed away. But so much fun to meet a blogger in person.

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  18. After Jon pointed out the topsy-turviness, I am now wistful for Spring.
    The quince reminds me of two things: a horrid, spiky quince bush in my Grandparents’ garden, that just fascinated me as a child – especially the misshapen rock-hard, yellow fruits. And my dearly departed Moom, who we affectionately – if rather indelicately – called “(Moo)Quince“.

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  19. I had a lilac in my last garden,I only had to open the back door on a warm spring day to fill the house with its scent. Gads, I miss it!

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