The Poinciana week away.


You can’t get past the Poinciana tree for magnificence of size and the colour. The Australian suburbs of Brisbane are full of them, which is just as well, because the uniformity otherwise of its streetscape and housing architecture is similar to many other cities and towns in Australia. Make no mistake though. The Poinciana is owned by Brisbane in glorious sun-kissed Queensland.

There is almost a sense of irresponsibility about it, a giving of wanton carelessness in being so ostentatious in it’s presence. It seems to say that nothing else really matters if trees of such outstanding and majestic grandeur are growing right in front of the gate. I mean, does it then really still count if you are driving a Porsche, or own a Bose sound system, and run a mining conglomerate?

And yet, despite the beauty or because of it, the streets are empty. Not a soul around. It is always like that. The sun parches anything daring to go outside. Even so, one would wish to see someone out there, even if just to clap in unison with those flowering trees. Give them a small ovation. Surely, they deserve some acknowledgment or do they flower just for themselves? Nature is so unselfish.

The trees are daring for people to come outside and do some close-knitting. Remember whenever someone is found in far-flung suburbs to have been murdered there is almost an automatic response of incredulity of how something as diabolical as a murder could have happened in their ‘close-knitted’ suburbs. Surely not here, not in my street! We are close knitted community!

Seeing those empty streets one does wonder when that close knitting takes place. Is it during the still of the night under a full moon when the elves take over or witches brooms fly over zinc-alumed roofs? Perhaps it is done over the back fence. We know that back fences often played mystical roles in Australian bush folklore. The remote controlled garage door has a lot to answer for too. In the past, at least the driver would get out of the car giving the neighbour a chance to quickly hop out to see him and perhaps exchange a few kind words.

Now that little pleasure is also been denied. There are just too many gadgets with buttons. It is impeding on the art of close-knitting.

I am sure of it!

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25 Responses to “The Poinciana week away.”

  1. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Goodness they are beautiful. We are celibrating Thanksgiving day today and though it is a mild 72 here much of the country is under snow. We would almost welcome your heat.

    Thank heaven the blogosphere enables close knitting and all we need is a computer!


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, they are stunning. The heat was bearable. It is the humidity that slows things to a slumber. Is the US alright with weather returning to normal? (if that is possible)
      Obama was here last week. He was in great form and had a ‘chinwag’ with us.


  2. Red Hen Says:

    Ah! wonderful! I love the way your head rambles off with something as magnificent as the Poinciana tree as inspiration! I’d neither see it, nor heard of it before.

    As for close-knitting, nope, not a lot of that around these parts either. Though nobody told the local media.

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  3. Patti Kuche Says:

    They are all inside, catching up on their blogs or talking on Facebook, or shopping online or . . . you name it!

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  4. berlioz1935 Says:

    Thanks for your well expressed thoughts. The beauty of streets is just the background for a community that is all but close knit. As you said, murder someone and all we out on the street and they discover that the old couple from No 7 has long gone to heaven and the new people nobody has seen before.

    When we lived still in Oak Flats it needed a tornado to bring out the people and even our little dog was on the Seven News.
    Here, where we live the Jacarandas and the Illawarra Flame trees are in full flowers.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Thank you Berlioz. Jacaranda is as good as the Poinciana but in Brisbane whole suburbs were planted with those trees. Really an amazing sight.
      Flame trees too are extraordinary and nature really must have got over-excited.
      I was thinking of the cup of coffee (Mit Geback :!) but might be better consumed a bit down the escarpment towards your neck of the jungle. Jamberoo springs to mind and they do make a good coffee and tea.


  5. Andrew Says:

    The only time anyone spoke up for our trees was when a resident took a chainsaw to them. Then it was too late. It did provoke a little outburst of community spirit but that has gone down the plug hole quickly. We need more tree huggers.


  6. Yvonne Says:

    I drove from Atherton to cairns yesterday, and the Poinciana trees just about made my eyes hurt, they are so flamboyant.

    I know my neighbours on each side, and one across the street, and that’s it!


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      They are not just only flamboyant. Just pronounce the name ‘Poinciana’ and lips become pursed in a beckoning, almost flirtatious smile. Was it not a blind Homer who wished to sleep embraced by a languid branch bearing Poinciana flowers disguished as a Helen.?
      He beckoned and asked ‘show me your Poinciana’ and Helen can go to Troy.

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  7. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Poinciana tree- never knew such a beauty existed, I like the posts that you do about the plants, dogs, etc. In the US people purchase poinciana plants to use as Christmas decorations.There are even new hybrids with white leaves and some with pink leaves instead of the familiar red leaved plant. I know this plant is not akin to your tree but I thought I’d throw this tidbit in for good measure.


  8. Lottie Nevin Says:

    It’s funny comparing life in the Australian burbs to here. Life is so close-knitted here in rural Andalucia that you cannot fart without someone knowing your business. We had an invasion of over 40 people in to our home the other day – turns out that some great-great grandfather had built the house and they’d arrived en masse to visit the village of their ancestors and asked if they could see inside our house. I’ll write about it one day 🙂 Needless to say, it’s times like that, that I wish that I was less of a slattern and more of suburban housewife type when it comes to cleanliness and order in the home. Talk about getting caught with ones pants down. Those red trees are beautiful – I’d be straight out there hugging them if I could!


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      No, I don’t think fart sharing is common here in suburban Australia, especially in Bowral. Au contraire, anal retention is rife , not surprising seeing ‘cup-a-tea afternoons’ and stone-dry scones are as exciting as it will get.
      How are the rural Spanish? Surely a lot more demonstrative and given to emotions erupting freely.
      I don’t think you will ever become a suburban housewife Lottie. You left it far too late. 😉

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  9. rod Says:

    Being educated, I had never heard of these trees, which are very striking.


  10. M-R Says:

    Hm. Without doubt the poincianas are beautiful. But that WEATHER ? – worse than here (certainly more humid).
    You should try living in a flat-block, Gerard: unless you’re part of the going-to-the-office lot, you can easily spend a week without seeing a single other tenant.
    Speaking for myself, I have no problems with that. {grin}

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  11. gerard oosterman Says:

    Yes, they did have a terrible storm .My sister’s daughter’s place all windows smashed. Yet, where we stayed in Brisbane , not a drop. Hailstones as big as houses and trees ending up in bedrooms. One couple woke up with a stray koala sitting on the bed looking very peevish and sad.
    You are right, the humidity is sapping all endeavour to keep going. Still, we loved it.


  12. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    What a storm that must have been! We are expecting our first storm tomorrow and the rest of the week. Today I found a card I had saved from a restaurant in the last drought in the 70’s—“Due to the lack of rainfall in California your waiter will gladly give you a glass of water upon request.” The water company is already sending peoplenotices that they are using too much water. Perhaps this storm will help a little.


  13. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    Do people not walk? Is it like America, with people in cars or in houses?


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, the distances between houses makes driving obligatory. In future people will mutate and have little steering wheels growing from their chests and round feet on roller bearing joints, scoot around the place and go toot, toot.


  14. roughseasinthemed Says:

    What a stunning beautiful tree, and having never visited QLD, I can honestly say I’ve never seen one. Shame. Hope you enjoyed your time there.


  15. Debra Kolkka Says:

    I love poincianas. What a pity so many have been damaged in the recent storms.


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