Edna - self portrait at Budeim

The move north – the Sunshine Coast had captured her heart as early as 1954.  Edna visited her niece Barbara Barnes outside Warwick and fell in love with Queensland especially the coast, where she was looking for a cottage.  She discovered Buderim, a sleepy township on Buderim Mountain.  Lookout points from Buderim offered stunning views of mountain rangers, sub-tropical forests, clear water rivers, long white beaches and far-off islands.  She could see the Glass House Mountains to the south, the Blackall Range to the west, the expanse of the South Pacific Ocean to the east and the beaches of Mooloolaba and Maroochydore below.

Post war everything started to change charming country roads were being replaced with wider, straighter and more efficient roadways.  Native trees and shrubs were removed to make this happen.  Edna was becoming disenchanted with the suburban developments around Melbourne especially Mooroolbark. Bickleigh Vale becoming more beautiful each year but the landscape around was not.

In 1965 – To BENDLES, Edna was invited to buy Bendles, a simple weatherboard cottage in Buderim.  The house belonged to friends who had moved there earlier.  As per normal with Edna, she did want to alter the cottage and renovate to suite her.  It took three years to finalise all her business dealings and pack up to finally move north.  Edna kept working on various projects; letters to the press, chapters in books, garden designs, even the possibility of creating a new village.  She maintained a sense of curiosity, persistence and wonder, day after day until she passed away on 8th August 1973 – Her gardening/design style are still very strong today.

A simple sketch of a garden design

Bendlles Cottages

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