An Old Bush Road
Dear old road, wheel-worn and broken,
Winding thro’ the forest green,
Barred with shadow and with sunshine,
Misty vistas drawn between.
Grim, scarred bluegums ranged austerely,
Lifting blackened columns each
To the large, fair fields of azure,
Stretching ever out of reach.
foto – mists in december bilambil cottage 2008
"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?"
W.C. Fields (1880-1946)
foto – ulmarra hotel beer garden 2009
Mystery magnifies danger as the fog does the sun.
Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages: Classified Subjectively and … (1887)
foto-Ulmarra Timber Mill on Coldstream Street. Winter’s morning 09.
The intelligent son gathereth in summer (in his youth); but the shameful son sleepeth still in harvest.
FOTO – Ulmarra backyard
LABOUR NOT TO BE RICH.
Hardly a day goes by
Without the sound of the crowd
Rumbling along climbing into stands
Getting ready to watch the show
Taking out handkerchiefs
Smiling sneezing coughing a lot
When will it all end — and how?
In fire or in snow?
FOTO –CIRCUS AT ARMIDALE 2008
When the friendless man passes beyond the deep place, what is his fear ?
FOTO – BURLEIGH HEADS LOO 2008.
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. JOHN STEINBECK
FOTO – RABBIT AT KINGSCLIFF 2005
He has gone to fish, for his Aunt Jobliska’s
Runcible Cat with crimson whiskers!
by Edward Lear
FOTO – FISH AT GRAM AND POP’S IN BELLINGEN 2007
He knows when you’re happy, he knows when you’re sad, and he knows when you have a carrot.
A DILIGENT SEARCH FOR WISDOM
Seeking and searching with the same fervour as seeking for silver
and other hidden treasures.
FOTO - SEARCHING IN AUCHENFLOWER.
But my daughter… said, “Tell them about how you’re never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there is always that one little piece inside you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and madder and hotter and hotter, and if you don’t speak it out one day it will just up and punch you in the mouth from the inside.”
Audre Lorde in Sister Outsider
FOTO –FOR ZARA HABLETHWAITE. A FRAME AT THE END OF URUNGA. WITH BARINA.
“I may not be better than other people, but at least I’m different.”
Keep him at least three paces distant who hates bread, music and the laugh of a child. Lavater
PROVERBS ON BAKING AND BREAD
I can remember walking as a child. It was not customary to say you were fatigued. It was customary to complete the goal of the expedition.
FOTO – MORRIS STREET PADDINGTON BRISBANE 2007
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be. – Douglas Adams
It’s little I care what path I take,
And where it leads it’s little I care;
I wish I could walk for a day and a night,
And find me at dawn in a desolate place
With never the rut of a road in sight,
Nor the roof of a house, nor the eyes of a face.
EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY, Departure, Collected Poems, 1923
FOTO – SOUTH GOLDEN BEACH 2009
the last time i sat in a gutter
it was outside a party
i was talking with a friend
who gripped a bottle of stone’s green ginger wine
and the stars were blurred and scruffy
Jen Jewel Brown
FOTO – URALLA NSW 2008
The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.” Robert Fulgum.
FOTO – ARMIDALE FENCES
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. Rachel Carson
FOTO – BRUCE SANDERS IN THE 1920s SYDNEY