Writers will happen in the best of families. Rita Mae Brown

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Ua leai se manu e olo. Not a pigeon is cooing.
Thus say the hunters when, entering the bush, they notice no sign of the game.
The saying is used of a family or village where perfect peace reigns.

SAMOAN PROVERB.

FOTO – BELL FAMILY ROSEBERY SYDNEY NSW 1940s

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Great mansions have slippery doors. IRISH.

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The Women of the West

George Essex Evans
They left the vine-wreathed cottage and the mansion on the hill,
The houses in the busy streets where life is never still,
The pleasures of the city, and the friends they cherished best:
For love they faced the wilderness—the Women of the West.
FOTO - BRISBANE FROM WEST END 2007

The family is like the forest. If you are outside, it is dense; if you are inside, you see that each tree has its own position. Nigerian Proverb

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Bells Beyond the Forest

Henry Kendall

WILD-EYED woodlands, here I rest me, underneath the gaunt and ghastly trees;
Underneath fantastic-fronted caverns crammed with many a muffled breeze.
Far away from dusky towns and cities twinkling with the feet of men;
Listening to a sound of mellow music fleeting down the gusty glen;
Sitting by a rapid torrent, with the broken sunset in my face;
By a rapid, roaring torrent, tumbling through a dark and lonely place!
And I hear the bells beyond the forest, and the voice of distant streams;
And a flood of swelling singing, wafting round a world of ruined dreams

FOTO – ARMIDALE PINE FOREST 2006

Words are like the spider’s web: a shelter for the clever ones and a trap for the not-so-clever. Madagascar

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Natural History
E.B. White

The spider, dropping down from twig,
Unfolds a plan of her devising,
A thin premeditated rig
To use in rising.

And all that journey down through space,
In cool descent and loyal hearted,
She spins a ladder to the place
From where she started.

Thus I, gone forth as spiders do
In spider’s web a truth discerning,
Attach one silken thread to you
For my returning.

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FOTO – MAD O’BRIAN 2005

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. Simone Signoret

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I didn’t marry you because you were perfect. I didn’t even
marry you because I loved you. I married you because you
gave me a promise. That promise made up for your faults.
And the promise I gave you made up for mine. Two imperfect
people got married and it was the promise that made the marriage.
And when our children were growing up, it wasn’t a house that
protected them; and it wasn’t our love that protected them – it was that
promise.
Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth

FOTO – ELIZABETH CRAIG AND JOHN GEORGE SANDERS WEDDING

The hunchback does not see his own hump, but sees his companion’s.

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A person’s journey through life is somewhat like a long walk through a forest on a dark night. Part of the way a companion carries a lantern, but then the path divides and one must go alone. If one carries his own lantern – an inner light of faith – he need not fear the darkness.

FOTO – URLIUP ROAD BILAMBIL 2005

Mouse King: Today king of mice, tonight king of dolls. Tomorrow… king of EVERYTHING! The Nutcracker Prince 1990

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Ada Cambridge

An Old Doll

Low on her little stool she sits

To make a nursing lap,

And cares for nothing but the form

Her little arms enwrap.

With hairless skull that gapes apart,

A broken plaster ball,

One chipped glass eye that squints askew,

And ne’er a nose at all –

No raddle left on grimy cheek,

No mouth that one can see –

It scarce discloses, at a glance,

What it was meant to be.

But something in the simple scheme

As it extends below

(It is the “tidy” from my chair

That she is rumpling so)

“To advance or retreat is equally difficult.” Chin-thè liòng lan. FUJIAN.

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For a woman to get a rewarding sense of total creation by way of the multiple monotonous chores that are her daily lot would be as irrational as for an assembly line worker to rejoice that he had created an automobile because he tightened a bolt.

Edith Mendel Stern

FOTO – TUMBULGUM 2008

The Face On The Barroom Floor by Hugh Antoine D Arcy. ‘TWAS a balmy summer evening, and a goodly crowd was there, Which well-nigh filled Joe’s barroom, on the corner of the square; And as songs and witty stories came through the open door, A vagabond crept slowly in and posed upon the floor.

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Go to the ant, O sluggard

Observe her ways and be wise,

Which, having no chief,

Officer, or ruler;

Prepares her food in the summer,

And gathers her provisions in the harvest.

(Proverbs 15:19)

FOTO – RAINBOW BAY QLD 2008

Feast on wine or fast on water, And your honour shall stand sure If an angel out of heaven Brings you something else to drink, Thank him for his kind attentions, go and pour it down the sink. G.K. Chesterton

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Red, red wine
Goes to my head
Makes me forget that I
Still need you so

 

FOTO -SIGN TO ILNAM ESTATE WINERY CAROOL 2008

Webster’s Bible. For a lewd woman is a deep ditch and a strange woman is a narrow pit.

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The clachan yill had made me canty,
I was na fou, but just had plenty;
I stacher`d whiles, but yet too tent aye
To free the ditches;
An` hillocks, stanes, an` bushes, kenn`d eye
Frae ghaists an` witches.

Robert Burns

FOTO – BILAMBIL 2009