Nie chwal dnia przed zachodem słońca Translation: Don’t praise the day before sunset. Polish.

pub 007

The teacher, at the end of day
Looks to the setting sun
With clasping hands she softly asks
“Dear God, what have we done?”

Arthur Leggett

A tree does not move unless there is wind. Afghan



If seen from treetop level

the world is far enough away to kill you

with a fall. Be more careful than the bird.

david rowbotham

foto – tree in ulmarra with bird

Don’t spoil the ship for a ha’p’orth of tar. Meaning: Don’t jeopardize a project – especially a large one – by being miserly or cutting corners.

nyd 023

A ship sails and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says She is gone.

It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarrelling. Prov 20:3

raleigh waterpark 068


Once I set traps,

but they’re far too clever,

keeping just out of reach of my pen.

And if I had caught them

where would I dare let them go?

Not on a genteel suburban street,

these wild and jealous shadows.

So I shut up the ceiling for good.

Now we will never escape.

Jeri Kroll


foto – raleigh water park and international raceway 2010 april

The kingfisher came darting out of his crannied nest, And the bulrushes and reed-beds put off their sallow grey And burnt with cloudy crimson at dawning of the day. James Lister Cuthbertson

The Australian Sunrise


Waking up in the morning, I vow with all beings
to be ready for sparks of the Dharma
from flowers or children or birds.
Robert Aitken

foto – sunrise at raleigh 2010

Good people get cheated, just as good horses get ridden. Chinese.


But if horses run within your blood
And it’s their company you crave
Be prepared for fun and joyful times
But be prepared to be their slave.

The Horse’s Slave
February 2007 Guy McLean

foto – horse at raleigh 2010

Don’t plant pumpkins where they never sprouted. Serbian.


Gramma Tart or Pie


1 lb. cooked gramma

Juice and rind of 1 lemon

1 dessertspoon butter

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 egg yolk

1 tablespoon sultanas or raisins

1/4 lb. sugar

1/2 lb. rich short crust


Steam or boil gramma in very little water till tender, then strain. Beat with fork till smooth and add other ingredients and mix well. Make rich short crust, roll out and line a tart tin with half. Place prepared mixture in and cover with other half of pastry. Glaze with water and sugar and bake in a hot oven for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve hot or cold.

Delicious if served hot and covered with hot vanilla custard or serve hot with ice cream melting over the top. Note – Gramma Tart is not made with pumpkin.

foto – pumkpin from raleigh and gramma from ulmarra 2010

The hen with baby chicks doesn’t swallow the worm Sukuma (Tanzania)

syd 015

the street resembles a neck
from a wayward guitar
with Hotel Bone sitting idle on a vein,
wedged between two frets
                          where the bad tunes can reach her

Sam Wagan Watson: hotel bone


foto – hotel on the way from annandale to the airport in sydney april 2010