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An avid bird fan for most of her life, author Liz Davies hit the jackpot when she and husband Stephen moved from suburban Ohio to the rural outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. Their adventure begins with sad goodbyes to their Ohio avian flock. But sadness is quickly replaced with the joy of living in a place where colorful native parrots and other wild birds are regular visitors.

Kookaburras, cockatoos, magpies and more! They're all here - many of them amazingly unafraid of the human residents of their forest home.

Life in the rainforest is sometimes frustrating, often hilarious and occasionally more than a little dangerous, but the natural beauty of the place pulls at the heart. Despite enormous spiders, wildlife devouring her flower garden and the very real threat of bushfire, author Davies remains, making her home among the giant gum trees of southeastern Australia.

About the Author

Born in 1956, author Liz Davies lived most of her life within just a few miles of her childhood home in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. No one who knew her in her youth would have suspected she'd ever travel the world or live anywhere more than a ten-minute drive from her parents' home.
 
She worked in the IT field as a programmer/analyst and consultant for nearly thirty years. Always a believer in the value of formal education, Davies pursued her studies when it was feasible, given the demands of career and family, and finally earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in 2001 (she jokes that she got her 4-year degree on the "25-year plan"). She went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration and for five years enjoyed teaching undergraduate students as "Professor Davies" of Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.

These days, she is a parrot slave, writer, artist, gardener, "foodie", self-described quilt-a-holic, a great lover of books and a woman of faith. She lives in Australia with Stephen, the love of her life, who spoils her rotten. She is a very happy woman.

A life-long "closet author", Davies has been writing stories since childhood (most of which were pretty awful, really). In addition to this book, she maintains a website for parrot lovers and posts weekly updates to her weblogs. I Quilt, Therefore I Am is dedicated to quilting and Still Flying Over the Rainbow is where she continues to share the ongoing adventure of living in Australia. Both blogs are accessible via her website.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Elizabeth Davies (October 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987205005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987205001
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,072,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Author Liz Davies was born in the U.S. and moved from Ohio to southeast Australia with her husband in 2006. She lives there today with two parrots, one canary, and "Wolfgang" the giant spider.

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Truly an uplifting, enjoyable read.
Beverly Thatcher-Russell
I fell in love with the various birds and creatures that Liz describes and felt them tugging my heart strings more than once.
Amy Curran Baker, MA, OTR/L
I look forward to more of the author's experiences in Australia in the future.
Toni

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raestix on November 8, 2011
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I found Flying Over the Rainbow to be a very heartwarming story of Liz and her husband Stephen's journey from Columbus, OH to Melbourne, Australia. The way Liz tells these stories must be a testament to a person with a wonderfully optimistic personality and view of life in general. From the crazy antics their birds get into, to the things they found out about their new home in the forest, I couldn't put it down because I wanted to see what would happen next. I most enjoyed reading the exploits of Laka and the other birds; but also found the stories of the wild birds just as entertaining.

I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to birds, but I learned so much reading this book. I look at the natural birds in my own environment with new eyes these days because of the way Liz describes what they must be thinking. I also learned a great deal about Australia, and definitely am putting it on my `bucket list' of places to visit. I would never have the courage Liz and Stephen have to live in the middle of the rain forest, but I have a whole new respect for life in Australia and those who call it home. I have no doubt you will also enjoy reading about the `spodders' and `monstahs'.

I highly recommend this book, not only to those thinking of traveling to Australia, but anyone thinking of bringing a companion bird into their home. I am looking forward to following Liz's blog and I hope she writes a part 2 for Flying Over the Rainbow.
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By C. W. Hawes on December 21, 2014
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What a wonderful collection of sketches! I can't say I'm a bird person, but I found myself enjoying their antics and remembering the parakeets my mom had when a kid. The stories are simply delightful and I couldn't help wonder about Gus when the bad fires hit and he wasn't mentioned again. Of course, there are so many more tales of delight than those about the birds. The story of Wolfgang was a hoot, the house on shaky stumps just down right scary, and the one about the Melbourne Cup an education in national culture.

I've always thought a visit to Australia should be in my future and now I know it has to be. Ms Davies makes the place sound like a magical realm. I do hope she considers a sequel of further stories about living in the Bird-Lover's Paradise. Just in case I don't make it.
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By nemarkatt on November 1, 2011
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Flying Over The Rainbow recounts the move of it's author Liz Davies from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, very, very far from Melbourne, Austrailia, to another continent and a different lifestyle glued together by her love for her husband Stephen and her love of the natural world, especially the birds inside and outside her new home.

Every experience, both lovely and problematic, is told with charm and good nature. Liz' new home is a magical place, even including the "spodders" that look like dinner plates and the house in the trees with its avian visitors.

I couldn't put down the book - I wanted to know what happened next to Liz, Stephen, and their flying friends. Who doesn't love birds but the book is about so much more.
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I really loved reading Flying Over the Rainbow by Liz Davies. Admittedly knowing very little about Australia and its flora and fauna when I started reading, I was captivated by the tales of the forest creatures, the adventures of an Ohio native finding herself transplanted to the Australian "bush", and the wonderful birds that make up Liz and Stephen's family. I fell in love with the various birds and creatures that Liz describes and felt them tugging my heart strings more than once. I was also fascinated by the descriptions of the talking birds and found myself reading some of their dialogue aloud to my spouse who was equally enthralled. This is a fantastic read, highly recommended!
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By VeddieP on January 5, 2012
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I very much enjoyed the way Liz describes the "characters" in her book. Her descriptions make me feel as though I know these critters personally. The writing is fluid, casual and entertaining, with some very personal glimpses into the adjustments she had to make moving from an urban city in Ohio to the rain forest of Australia. Her love for her birds is genuine and obvious but the tales of the other creatures that inhabit their little slice of the universe are equally enjoyable. I could not put this book down! I have always wanted to visit Australia, and now it is the centerpiece of my to-do list. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to the sequel.
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By FW on October 21, 2011
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...amusing, heartwarming, and even suspenseful by turns. "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" meets the travelogues of S. J. Perelman, but the charm is in the details. The book is essentially chronological, but you can open it to any page and find yourself in the middle of a concise and sharply drawn story.

Obligatory disclaimer: Liz is a friend, I am mentioned in the book and saw a couple of these stories into print in a bird-club newsletter; but my bias will be yours as well and along the way, you will learn a lot about birds and Australia (or at least the Melbourne area). I can't imagine anyone reading this and not wanting to visit.
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