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Flying Over the Rainbow: Living in Australia - The Bird-Lover's Paradise Paperback – October 17, 2011
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From the Back Cover
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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
as a parrot lover i loved this book and really enjoy reading about others and their feathered friends great bookPublished on December 15, 2012 by allison
I am a sucker for books about critters of all kinds and this book fed right into my weakness--not only the amazing birds that Liz Davies introduces, but the whole way that she and... Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Nancy L. Rusk
The Book "Flying Over The Rainbow" by Liz Davies brought back good memories of when I was there.
It tells of learning about new things in a different place. Read more
I found this book to be so refreshing. It is definitely a good informative read for anyone contemplating travel or moving to Australia. Read morePublished on November 10, 2011 by Beverly Thatcher-Russell