Sunday, March 20, 2011

Where I live: Old Parliament House

To Autumn
~ John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.

Images: Taken during the annual Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular held to mark Canberra Day which celebrates the official naming of Canberra.  Canberra was named at a ceremony on 12 March 1913 by Lady Denman, the wife of the then Governor-General Lord Denman.  Just to clarify. I don't actually live in Old Parliament House.  But it's on my beat.

Photo credit: National Archives of Australia: Item 11399703

See also some terrific video footage of the event from the National Film and Sound Archives.


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