Category Archives: WATERWORLDS

There’s nothing . . absolutely nothing . . half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats.

Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

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Water is the formless potential out of which creation emerged. It is the ocean of unconsciousness enveloping the islands of consciousness. Water bathes us at birth and again at death, and in between it washes away sin. It is by turns the elixir of life or the renewing rain or the devastating flood.

(Scott Russell Sanders, Writing from the Center)

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This old river town saw the Early steamboats. The line of wharf and houses is a faded chromo. It is bleached and bitten standing To steady the sunrises.

Carl Sandburg, Honey and Salt

http://www.siue.edu/OSME/river/RiverQuotes/RiverQ1.htm

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I stand by the river and I know that it has been here yesterday and will be here tomorrow and that therefore, since I am part of its pattern today, I also belong to all its yesterdays and will be a part of all its tomorrows. This is a kind of earthly immortality, a kinship with rivers and hills and rocks, with all things and all creatures that have ever lived or ever will live or have their being on the earth. It is my assurance of an orderly continuity in the great design of the universe. 

(Virginia Eifert)

http://www.rivers.gov/quotations.html

FOTO – BOATHOUSE ON THE KALANG RIVER IN URUNGA.

Water gentle, battle won ~ but won in peace under sun Carried gently one by one stones sands free on beaches run.

Duane Short, April 21, 2002, Water Trick Stone

http://www.rivers.gov/quotations.html

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Any one wounded by a Sting Ray, which often happens in catching sand-eels, will feel the pain of the wound very severely till the next tide.

A provincial glossary

 

foto – flynn’s beach jan 2011

You may as soon sip up the Severn, and swallow Mavern. That is, sip up a great river, and swallow a range of hills ; a saying used to persons proposing an impossibility.

A provincial glossary

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I choose to listen to the river for a while, thinking river thoughts, before joining the night and the stars.  (Edward Abbey)

http://www.rivers.gov/quotations.html

foto – hastings river port macquarie jan 2011

Don’t spoil the ship for a ha’p’orth of tar. Meaning: Don’t jeopardize a project – especially a large one – by being miserly or cutting corners.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/English_proverbs

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A ship sails and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says She is gone.

Creole Proverb: The sea breeze blows the pelican where he wants to go.

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http://www.emsah.uq.edu.au/awsr/new_site/awbr_archive/147/Cobby.htm

I drive out to Amoonguna to tell the family he

is right

I sit down with his Aunty, round the campfire, in

the night

I ask her to explain the pelicans and the meaning

of the sign

She laughs and whispers ‘Arrangkwe. 

just 2 pelicans in the sky!’

Ali Cobby Eckermann. little bit long time. Australian Poetry Centre, Balclava, 2009.

An Incisive Indigenous Voice

foto – pelican at iluka december 2009

The sea, my mother, is singing to me With the white foam caught in her hair, With the seaweed swinging its long arms free, To grapple the blown sea air: The sea, my mother, with billowy swell, Is telling her tale to the wave-washed shell.

 

The Sea to the Shell

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Oh, he rides hard to race the pain
Who rides from love, who rides from home;
But he rides slowly home again,
Whose heart has learnt to love and roam

The Sliprails and the Spur

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foto – brunswick heads boat hire 2008

But stream and pool is wet and cool: so nice for feet! The Lord of the Rings

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THE WORLD OF CHANGE.

Oh ! trust not, cling not, to the hope

Of constancy below ;

Earth’s fragile blossoms smile and droop.

Her waters ebb and flow :

Yon flow’ret withers as it springs.

Yon bird is on the range ;

Aye, even in life’s meanest things,

This is a World of Change.

Poetry (1834)

Abdy, Maria Smith, d. 1867

foto – NEVER NEVER CREEK AT THE PROMISED LAND VIA BELLINGEN NSW

“A woman knows the face of the man she loves like a sailor knows the open sea.” Honore de Balzac.

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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.

"Ships in harbour"

 

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foto – W.W. JACOBS COLLECTION COLDSTREAM STREET 2009

http://www.readprint.com/author-182/W-W-Jacobs-books

A fog cannot be dispelled by a fan. Japanese

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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.
Kuo His

http://www.great-quotes.com/cgi-bin/viewquotes.cgi?keyword=MIST&action=search

FOTO- clarence river at ulmarra in winter mist july 2009

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NORTHERN BELLES

The man of worth is really great, without being proud.

Chinese Novels: Translated from the Originals; to which are Added Proverbs …"

bill and sheila once upon a mattress

As the scream of the eagle is heard when she has passed over; so a man’s name remains after his death.

R.I.P. ACTOR BILL. DROWNED PALM BEACH QLD. 2009.

A cat has nine lives, and a woman has nine cats’ lives.

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Sail, quoth the king ; hold, faith the wind. 

"English proverbs and proverbial phrases, collected from the most authentic sources, alphabetically arranged, and annotated" 1869.

FOTO – OWL AND PUSSYCAT BY ERIS FLEMING AS HUNG IN GRAYDON GALLERY NEW FARM BRISBANE.

Breaking the silence Of an ancient pond, A frog jumps in — Plop! Japanese

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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

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Try MACPHERSON, Robert
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia born 1937

One by one the penguins steal my sanity.

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Damn revisionists, why can’t they ever make history better? Like have us all live in Antarctica and worship the Golden Penguin? That’d be great.  Dale Gribble

FOTO -MOBS PICTURE OF PENGUINS ART TARONGA PARK 2006