Category Archives: SKIES ABOVE

A sun-stricken man recovers, a moon-stricken man does not.

"Bannú: Or Our Afghan Frontier"

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Mayest thou (God) preserve me from cloudy sunshine.

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

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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

http://www.gardendigest.com/morning.htm

foto – sunrise at raleigh 2010

Oh, may the showers in torrents fall, And all the tanks run over; And may the grass grow green and tall In pathways of the drover; And may good angels send the rain On desert stretches sandy; And when the summer comes again God grant ’twill bring us Andy.

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" Yes, my love ! " he exclaimed, pressing the feverish hand of the child; "yes, my love! Santa Claus knows how to play the violin. He can play it charmingly, too ; and if you will only sleep, there, on your little pillow, your Angel will have him play for you

"Christmas in French Canada"

 

foto – grey crane in bilambil 2008 december

The answer to the question, lies in the eyes of the beholder. Because their perspective on life, colours the solution. Rosemary Winters

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Plant not a palm tree in a house

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foto – palm trees in bilambil ‘09

One mountain does not go to aid another, but man does go to the aid of another man. Pashito.

p3265844FOTO – VIEW FROM BEECHMONT TO THE SOUTH. 2009.

Bann or, Our Afghan frontier

Tall and stately as a pine, the daughter of the mountains stands at the tent-door in her indigo-dyed petticoat and hood, smiling on the gambols of her naked brats, or else sits down and rubs out corn for her lord who is a-field.

 

BANNU UNDER NATIVE RULE 

Lhig y crottag ve boght ny roauyr, t’eh curlesh groat er e ghreeym. Let the curlew be poor or fat, he carries a groat on his back. There is a mark on a curlew’s back like the figure four, and fourpence equals a groat.

                                       

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The mists are curled o’er a dark-faced world,
And the shadows sleep around,
Where the clear lagoon reflects the moon
In her hazy glory crowned;
While dingoes howl, and wake the growl
Of the watchdog brave and true;
Whose loud, rough bark shoots up in the dark,
With the song of the lone Curlew!
Whose loud, rough bark
Shoots up in the dark,
With the song of the lone Curlew!

HENRY KENDALL.

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MANX PROVERBS.

All worn and wasted by the storms, All gapped and fractured by the storms, All split and splintered by the storms. HENRY KENDALL.

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Roads are wet where’er one wendeth,
And with rain the thistle bendeth,
And the brook cries like a child!
Not a rainbow shines to cheer us;
Ah! the sun comes never near us,
And the heavens look dark and wile.

Mary Howitt, The Wet Summer, from the German

FOTO – KALANG 2008

Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel. Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest.

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The wages of sin are death, but after they take the taxes out, it’s more like a tired feeling, really.  Paula Poundstone

FOTO – COOLANGATTA CATHOLIC CHURCH

ÔÝÊå ãä ÇáÌãá ÚÑÌ. Choose the neighbours before the house. ARABIC.

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Whenever our neighbour’s house is on FIRE, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.  Edmund Burke. 1729-1797, British Political Writer, Statesman

foto – BILAMBIL HEIGHTS 2007

Riches: A dream in the night. Fame: A gull floating on water. Chinese Proverb.

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I don’t understand people who like to work and talk about it like it was some sort of goddamn duty. Doing nothing feels like floating on warm water to me. Delightful, perfect.
Ava Gardner

FOTO – BUBBLES ON AN ARMIDALE XMAS DAY