The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
H. L. Mencken
foto – bellingen show 2010
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
Plant not a palm tree in a house
foto – palm trees in bilambil ‘09
WOODEN SHIPS THEY are remembering forests where they grew,The midnight quiet, and the giant dance; And all the murmuring summers that they knew Are haunting still their altered circumstance. Leaves they have lost, and robins in the nest. Tug of the goodly earth denied to ships.
foto – W.W. JACOBS COLLECTION COLDSTREAM STREET 2009
"I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up."
FOTO –citrus tree in Coldstream Street. 2009.
The intelligent son gathereth in summer (in his youth); but the shameful son sleepeth still in harvest.
FOTO – Ulmarra backyard
The sleep of the labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. Ecdes, Y, 11.)
foto – lawnmowing in Ulmarra 09
Origin of Yew Trees being planted in Church Yards. Before the invention of gunpowder, and use of fire-arms, every parish in England was obliged to have yew trees in their church yards, the branches of which were made into bows for the use of the archers ; and to this it is owing that in many of those places we find yew trees still growing ; al- though the use of shooting with bows has long been discontinued in the armies of Europe.
It is hard to turn back upon a narrow bridge.
FOTO – URUNGA FOOTBRIDGE.
An Inuit hunter asked the local missionary priest:
“If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?”
“No,” said the priest, “not if you did not know.”
“Then why,” asked the Inuit earnestly, “did you tell me?”
Annie Dillard, from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
FOTO – NEVER NEVER CREEK AT GLENIFFER VIA BELLINGEN 2008
Try MACPHERSON, Robert
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia born 1937
(A poem of Ayers Rock)
Take time to look, look again - feel the land through your feet; the Snake will not harm those who show the proper respect. Those who rush in must be strangers. "It will attack strangers."
FOTO - SNAKE IN WEE GARDEN BILAMBIL COTTAGE 2006
The Evening Star goes down across the camp, among the white gum trees …
Far away, in these places near Milingimbi
Goes down among the Ngurulwulu people, towards the camp and the gum trees,
At the place of the Crocodiles, and of the Evening Star, away towards Milingimbi …
The Evening Star is going down, the Lotus Flower is on its stalk …
Going down among all those western clans …
It brushes the heads of the uncircumcised people …
Sinking down in the sky, that Evening Star, the Lotus …
Shining down on the foreheads of all those Sandfly people …
It sinks there into the place of the white gum trees, at Milingimbi.
Sung by the Wonguri-Mandjigai people, translated by Ronald M. Bernd
FOTO – BRISBANE BOTANICAL GARDENS. LOTUS GARDEN 2007
The righteous eat to their hearts’ content,
because they go to the garden for their meals.
FOTO -MOB’S VEGIES IN ARMIDALE IN A GREEN PLASTIC BASKET.
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.
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