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.
FRIENDLY STREET POETS
foto – raleigh water park and international raceway 2010 april
When these dead leaves were green, love,
November’s skies were blue,
And summer came with lips aflame,
The gentle spring to woo;
And to us, wandering hand in hand,
Life was a fairy scene,
That golden morning in the woods
When these dead leaves were green!
foto – bilambil in december 2008
Cha deinee rieau yn soogh y shang.
"The greedy will never feel for the hungry."
FOTO-THE MOB’S DINNER AT BILAMBIL
"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?"
W.C. Fields (1880-1946)
foto – ulmarra hotel beer garden 2009
Why does a virtuous man take delight in the landscapes? Because the din of the dusty world and the locked-in-ness of human habitations are what human nature habitually abhors; while on the contrary, haze, mist, and the haunting spirits of the mountains are what human nature seeks, and yet can rarely find.
FOTO- clarence river at ulmarra in winter mist july 2009
"A Dictionary of Spanish Proverbs"
Los duelos con pan son menos.
Troubles with bread are the lighter.
Sorrow without want may be endured.
FOTO – BILAMBIL VALLEY
The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.
foto – FROM TERRANORA TO BILAMBIL
“It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard-drinking people. You can hold your tongue and, moreover, you can time any little irregularity of your own so that everybody else is so blind that they don’t see or care.”
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (1896-1940)
FOTO – JAMIESON’S RESTAURANT WEST TWEED HEADS NSW
During dinner, it may be necessary to excuse yourself for a telephone call. However, it is far preferable to have a phone brought to the table … as a general rule, white telephones go with fish and poultry, and black ones with anything else. If you are calling during dessert, a small after-dinner phone should be used … if you are satisfied, say something like, ‘Yes, it is a very nice, light telephone, with a good, clear tone and a smooth, almost velvety action.’ Miss Piggy
FOTO – DINNER AT LINDEN LEA 2008
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
In this state of absorbed contemplation, there is no longer any question of holding an object in view; the vision is such that seeing and seen are one; object and act of vision have become identical. (Plotinus)
FOTO – BILAMBIL COTTAGE
I’ve always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes she gets all the worries and only half the royalties.
Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976)
“Ii koto ga attara, warau no de ha nakute, waratte iru kara ii koto ga aru”
We do not smile because something good has happened; rather something good happens because we smile.
FOTO -KATI B SYDNEY 2007
AFTER ALL SHE COULD ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING ELSE
TO YELLABOUT, Atlanta, May, 1914 .
Aunt Em liked to yell a lot,
A widow, my motherʼs older sister
1 lived in her house most of my early childhood
She had a strange compulsion about bathroom floors and would
furiously mop the tiles at the first appearance of tracked-in
dirt on their immaculate surface
FOTO – BATHROOM IN AUCHENFLOWER
Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.
J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973), The Lord of the Rings, book four (1954)
FOTO – UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND 2007
My philosophy, like colour television, is all there in black and white.
FOTO – BILAMBIL COTTAGE 2009
Volker Pudel, food psychologist from Göttingen.“Chocolate is a fine product, you should savour it with a good conscience.”
FOTO – DESSERT IN NEW FARM 2007
Since thou hast leased thy love to hell Let smokes of mediocrity And such slow fire envelope thee. (20) ANNA WICKHAM.
FOTO – JAMIESON’S PIZZA WEST TWEED HEADS NSW 2008
The sole and basic source of our strength is the solidarity of workers, peasants and the intelligentsia, the solidarity of the nation, the solidarity of people who seek to live in dignity, truth, and in harmony with their conscience.