We're into November here in Sydney so the jacarandas are in full bloom and it is truly beautiful.
And how pertinent to Harry and his world.
Harry's World opened with Harry's Tribulations, set in November with the jacarandas.
A couple of quotes...
"The jacarandas in Kelly Street were in full bloom as Harry wandered along, pub-bound. A light rain moistened his balding head. In the gentle early evening November breeze there was a steady cascade of purple flowers descending onto the ground. Harry loved this time of year in these streets..."
"The lavender rainfall and lilac carpet on the mishmash of bitumen and concrete was almost enough to teleport Harry to an alternative, and much improved, universe."
And of course the Emerald Bar appears in the opening story. For connoisseurs of Harry's World, you have probably worked out that the Emerald Bar is in reality the Australian Youth Hotel (AYH), my local and favourite pub, and the site of my book launch for Harry's World. It couldn't be any more appropriate.
As a side-note, over the years of writing Harry's World, there were many portions drafted as I sat enjoying an evening at the Aussie Youth.
I hope you like the photos I took today of the AYH and the jacarandas.