Our way is not soft grass, it’s a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upward, forward, toward the sun. Ruth Westheimer

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My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-three today and we don’t know where the hell she is.
Ellen DeGeneres

Up the creek without a paddle.

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See you tomorrow, if the Creeks don’t rise, does not mean creeks full of water, but the Creek Indians.

O’CONNOR

FOTO – KINGSCLIFF CREEK NSW 2005

Author: Sir Walter Scott Ne’er Was flattery lost on poet’s ear; A simple race! they waste their toil For the vain tribute of a smile. Lay of the Last Minstrel. Canto iv. Stanza 35.

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Gainey: A Minstrel’s Songs of Love and Sorrow

Once upon a time,
my grandpa said:
“In Nepal even a child
Can walk the countryside alone.”
It´s just not true,
Not for a Nepalese,
Born with a sarangi in his hand.
I´m a musician,
One of the lower caste
In the Hindu hierarchy.
I bring delight to my listeners,
Hope to touch the hearts
Of my spectators.

FOTO – FENDER BASS AT REST IN BILAMBIL COTTAGE 2007

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“O Oysters, come and walk with us!”
The Walrus did beseech.
“A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each.”
The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said:
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head–
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.
But four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat—
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn’t any feet.

Lewis Carrol

FOTO – CASSANDRA POMROY EATING AN OYSTER

Trade occurs while you are stroking your beard. Kazakh.

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“Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.”
(Ancient Chinese proverb)

“Ecstasy is a glass full of tea and a piece of sugar in the mouth.”
Alexander Puskin

Tea that helps our head and heart.
Tea medicates most every part.
Tea rejuvenates the very old.
Tea warms the hands of those who’re cold.

J. Jonker, Amsterdam, circa 1670

FOTO – J G SANDERS’ HAM AND BEEF STORE CANTERBURY ROAD HURLSTONE PARK SYDNEY.

According to a new study, eating ice cream increases a woman’s chance of getting pregnant. Actually, eating ice cream increases a woman’s chances of looking pregnant. Conan O’Brien

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“It is always sad when someone leaves home, unless they are simply going around the corner and will return in a few minutes with ice-cream sandwiches.”
Lemony Snicket.

FOTO – RED HILL BRISBANE

Edith Sitwell: I am not eccentric. It’s just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of goldfish.

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Jean Kerr.

I’m tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That’s deep enough. What do you want —an adorable pancreas?

FOTO – BELINDA WITH GEORDIE LEACH BILAMBIL BLUES CLUB 2007.

If nothing is going well, call your grandmother. Italian Proverb

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If becoming a grandmother was only a matter of choice, I should advise every one of you straight away to become one. There is no fun for old people like it!
Hannah Whithall Smith.

FOTO – JESSIE SARAH BELL. GRANDMOTHER. 1960s. CURRUMBIN SANCTUARY.

A Yiddish proverb. Small children give you no sleep. Big children give you no rest.

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Ah! what would the world be to us
If the children were no more?
We should dread the desert behind us
Worse than the dark before
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

FOTO – MAROUBRA HIGH SCHOOL SYDNEY 1991

 

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There is nothing new under the sun. It has all been done before. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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    William Blake (1757-1827) , "The poison tree",

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I water'd it in fears,
Night & morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine.

And into my garden stole
When the night had veil'd the pole,
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretch'd beneath the tree.
FOTO - BILAMBIL SUNRISE 2006

Any river is really a summation of the whole valley. Hal Borland

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there was no gleam, no shadow, for the heavens, too, were one still, pale cloud; no sound or motion in anything but the dark river that flowed and moaned like an unresting sorrow.

George Eliot MILL ON THE FLOSS

FOTO – CLARENCE RIVER NSW 2008

If the hill is on fire the grasshoppers are roasted. Malagasy Proverb.

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A Texan was riding a cab in Sydney.  He and the driver are soon crossing the Sydney Harbour bridge, and the passenger is unimpressed — “I have a duck pond bigger than that harbour, and an ornamental bridge to span it that makes this look like a toy.” The Sydney-Newcastle expressway also gets his scorn — “Is this a road, or a track?” So when a kangaroo jumped out in front of the cab, causing the sudden and severe application of the brakes, the driver couldn’t help himself — “Stupid grasshoppers!”

FOTO – BILAMBIL 2009

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength." Frances de Sales

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Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.
Carlos Castaneda

"It is a far, far better barbecue that I have now, than I have ever had before" Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

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Then all around from far away across the world
he smelled good things to eat
so he gave up being king of where the wild things are
Maurice Sendak

FOTO – KALANG BBQ 2009
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