Gluttony is not a secret vice. Orson Welles

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Proverbs 23:20-2. “Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.”

FOTO – PIZZA AND CAPUCCINO AT JAMIESON’S RESTAURANT TWEED

Summertime and the living is easy. Du Bose Heyward (1885-1940)

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THE PAST.

Let no one say the past is dead.
The past is all about us and within.
Haunted by tribal memories, I know
This little now, this accidental present
Is not the all of me, whose long making
Is so much of the past …
a thousand thousand camp fires in the forest
Are in my blood.
Let none tell me the past is wholly gone.
Now is so small a part of time, so small a part
Of all the race years that have moulded me

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“Life’s a pudding full of plums.” W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911)

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In the name of the Law I must request
Less noise while we’re having a well-earned rest.
For the Judge and the Usher never must shirk
A well-earned rest in the middle of work.
It’s the duty of both they well are aware
To preserve their precious lives with care;
It’s their duty, when feeling overwrought,
To preserve their lives with Puddin’ and Port. (Lindsay) MAGIC PUDDING.

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. Zig Ziglar

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AFTER ALL SHE COULD ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING ELSE

TO YELLABOUT, Atlanta, May, 1914 .

Aunt Em liked to yell a lot,

A widow, my motherʼs older sister

1 lived in her house most of my early childhood

She had a strange compulsion about bathroom floors and would

furiously mop the tiles at the first appearance of tracked-in

dirt on their immaculate surface

FOTO – BATHROOM IN AUCHENFLOWER

The best bridge between hope and despair is often a good night’s sleep.

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The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that  hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. Barbara Kingsolver

FOTO – PALMS IN BILAMBIL 2005

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

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Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

FOTO – CARTER WEDDING SYDNEY 1949

proverbs 21:16 The man that awandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

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Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.
J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973), The Lord of the Rings, book four (1954)

FOTO – UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND 2007

Mshale kwenda msituni haukupotea. If an arrow goes into a forest, it does not mean that it is lost (it is after all somewhere!). KENYA.

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vanh: t van chum du:ri.
I would dance, but the courtyard is small.
I would sing, but the ghee has been eaten by the cats.
I would speak, but the jungle is far away

KASHMIRI PROVERB.

http://www.koshur.org/pdf/proverbs.pdf

KENYA: http://kikuyumoja.com/proverbs/

FOTO  – BILAMBIL 2009 LINDEN LEA

Tra. ta’n eayst girree roish yn laa, t’ee dy mennick yn oie ny share. When the moon rises before day, it often makes the night better. MANX PROVERBS 1905

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“The moon is not shamed by the barking of dogs.” Native American.

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Lower your head modestly while passing, and you will harvest bananas. Proverb. (Congolese)

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Pauk leaf that wraps Taungzalat flower smells fragrant like that flower.
So also is the same for those who associate with the wise.

Loka Niti BURMA.

http://asiarecipe.com/burprov.html

FOTO – BANANAS AT LINDEN LEA BILAMBIL

Perhaps we were wrong to make a scapegoat out of you. LES MURRAY.

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We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
Mother Teresa

"Though you lie down among the sheepfolds, You will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver, And her feathers with yellow gold." Psa 68:13

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My philosophy, like colour television, is all there in black and white.
  Monty Python

FOTO – BILAMBIL COTTAGE 2009

But I pulled up at the Shingle Hut, a little wayside pub; Tired of mutton and damper, I wanted some decent grub, The barmaid was a buxom lass, I thought her very nice – You wouldn’t think, to look at her, but her heart was made of ice. Warren Fahey

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Henry Lawson

1867-1922

But ‘Baby,’ the barmaid, her evidence gave—
A poor, timid darling who tried to be brave—
‘Now, don’t be afraid—if it’s frightened ye be—
‘Speak out, my good girl,’ said O’Hara, J.P.
Her hair was so golden, her eyes were so blue,
Her face was so fair and her words seemed so true—
So green in the ways of sweet women was he
That she jolted the heart of O’Hara, J P.
He turned to the other grave Justice of Peace,
And whispered, ‘You can’t always trust the police;
‘I’ll visit the premises during the day,
‘And see for myself,’ said O’Hara, Jay Pay.
(Case postponed.)

WARREN FAHEY

http://www.warrenfahey.com/drink-lambing.htm

FOTO – JACQUI AT BILAMBIL 2007

Forbidden fruit is sweet.

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MTC CRONIN

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I have grown my wisdom
on summer days
and watered it with both rain
and melting snow
I have helped it
up ladders
and sat with it
still upon a tired step
I have tasted it like a bite
of fruit and unlike fruit
savoured that same bite
over and over

 

AUSTRALIA POETRY INTERNATIONAL WEB

FOTO   – KINGSCLIFF BEACH 2009