Category Archives: BACK LANES AND SHANTYTOWNS

Child or angel, who can tell? (She may child to others be. She is angel unto me.)

"Christmas souvenir, 1893"

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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.

An Anthology of Australian Verse 

foto – mists in december bilambil cottage 2008

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Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch. Orson Welles

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"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?"
W.C. Fields (1880-1946)

foto – ulmarra hotel beer garden 2009

He that would have a bad morning let him walk out in a fog after a frost.

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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.

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NORTHERN BELLES

When sheep pass laws to eat only grass the wolf doesn’t care.

http://www.parowanprophet.com/Great_Seal/Aug_95_Prophets_Proverbs.htm

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The cow is milked, not the ox ; the sheep is shorn, not the horse. Dan

Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages: Classified Subjectively and … (1887)

foto – sheep on coldstream street july ‘09

Proverb of the Faroe Islands (”The Sheeps Islands”)

"Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away." Ben Hecht

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The Performance

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?

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FOTO –CIRCUS AT ARMIDALE 2008

“Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist.

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A DILIGENT SEARCH FOR WISDOM
Seeking and searching with the same fervour as seeking for silver 
and other hidden treasures.
 
FOTO - SEARCHING IN AUCHENFLOWER.

I am of the east-coast country; Not from the great cities that play Faust, With flats for souls. VAL VALLIS.

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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.

People who are in a hurry are already dead.

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“I may not be better than other people, but at least I’m different.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning. Cyril Connolly.

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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.
Katherine Hepburn

FOTO – MORRIS STREET PADDINGTON BRISBANE 2007

As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move. KATHARINE HEPBURN,1894-1979

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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

 

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There are golden hearts in gutters, though their owners lack the fat. Henry Lawson.

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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

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FOTO – URALLA NSW 2008

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

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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

A man should live if only to satisfy his curiosity. Yiddish Proverb.

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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