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THE FIRST SPRING MORNING OF 2010

The Brisbane Courier Wednesday 7 September 1927, page 20http://tides.willyweather.com.au/nsw/mid-north-coast/kalang-river–urunga-bridge.html

WILLYWEATHER says the Temp should range from 10-25 here today. Its 21.1 degrees C at 9.43 am.

The SPRING PLANT FAIR is coming up.

http://www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/events/pages/3514.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I shall take a small glance at my other Springtimes.

 

September 1, 2005

On the Tweed.

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BRIDGE OVER THE TWEED RIVER AT TUMBULGUM LOOKING WEST ACROSS THE TWEED RIVER AT CONDONG
   

SEPTEMBER 2006

BASED IN BILAMBIL

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TRAY FOR AN INVALID IN THE BILAMBIL COTTAGE SUNRISE FROM BILAMBIL COTTAGE. LOOKING EAST OVER TWEED TO THE CORAL SEA.
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RAINBOW FROM THE COTTAGE BILAMBIL PALMS
   

SEPTEMBER 2007

BILAMBIL AND BRISBANE

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JAMIESON’S RESTAURANT WEST TWEED HEADS SOUTHBANK BRISBANE
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JASMINE BLOOMING. ALWAYS DELIGHTS ME EVEN IN FLATS AS BAD AS THESE IN RED HILL BRISBANE FROM PADDINGTON BRISBANE
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SPRING ON THE BRISBANE RIVER THE GREEN BRIDGE AT UQ
   

SEPTEMBER 2008

BILAMBIL AND HOLIDAYS TO KALANG AND ARMIDALE

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A HAMMOCK IN KALANG FATHER’S DAY AT TYALGUM
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TYALGUM STORE SPEED ON TWEED IN MURWILLUMBAH
   

SEPTEMBER 2009

SPRING BASED IN ULMARRA

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EN ROUTE TOTHE 6.30AM GRAFTON XPT SHOES OUTSIDE BELLO’S EMPORIUM
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BABY COMING CWA ROOMS GRAFTON
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JUST OUTSIDE GRAFTON CARR’S CREEK
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NYMBOIDA OUR HOUSE IN ULMARRA WITH FRUIT TREES
   

1 September 2010

Raleigh

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SCOOBIE AND SPIDER IN THE DRIVEWAY SCHOOL BUS  PICKING KIDS UP FOR THE DAY
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BREAKFAST TABLE AT WORKERS’ COTTAGE CHOOKS AND GNOMES
Now let’s take a few shots of this day as it is nearing Noon.  
   

Some good-looking Septembers there.

FIRST DAY OF SPRING

Truly Springtime it is.

FIRST SHOT OF SPRING 2010 AT THE WORKERS’ COTTAGE.

FIRST SHOT OF SPRING 2010

Coming into MY time of the year. I have rarely done an easy August.  August has included my marriage, my mother’s death, my separation from my husband, the end of my drug use and various other ‘ challenging ‘ experiences. This year has been another of the tough ones. BUT now it is SPRINGTIME.

blemishesThe Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 23 August 1938, page 22

 

ADVENT OF SPRING The Argus Saturday 15 October 1932, page 8

The chooks are running amok here at the Cottage. I hose the verandahs down and sweep the concrete but still they muss it up. No matter.

92 men have escaped from the Darwin Immigration Detention Centre. Afghani men. Desperate for mercy. They are sitting in protest on the Stuart Highway’s verges. I wonder what Spring is going to mean to them.

Here, it is quiet. I have the old washing machine throbbing away. The tractor has passed by with a load of feed for the calves down in the bottom front paddock.  ClassicFM is on the old radio beside me and I am home alone now that I have a working man in the household.

The last car from the Main House takes off and I continue with my perusal of the NLA Newspapers re SPRINGTIME.

The Little Lady is waiting to wear her first Summer Dresses.

The kookaburra is back on the lower branch of the Burra’s Tree and Butcher Birds wake me in the morning.

I have Venetian Blinds on the bedroom window. I have not yet determined what it is about the Venetian which soothes me – but soothe me it does. The filtered light perhaps and some childhood recall. Similar to the ancient throbbing of my agitating washing machine from Grafton.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954), Saturday 30 September 1933, page 8
BLUE WRENThe Argus Saturday 30 September 1933, page 8

The Argus Monday 23 September 1935, page 18

THE ACCOMPANYING ARTICLE. SKIN BLEMISHES.

1938

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The Argus Monday 19 September 1938, page 6 1938 THE ARGUS.

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THE LAST DAY OF WINTER 2010

31 AUGUST 2010 RALEIGH

AN IDLE ROAM.

http://nellibellingen.wordpress.com/

NEIL WHITFIELD, my first real blogging encounter, is re-locating to West Wollongong. I had not ever been there till early this year with Izzy  whose academic years were spent at UOW. NEIL’S SECOND DECADE.

31 AUGUST 2010 BALI AND MISTS AT RALEIGH SCOOB 31-8-2010LAST DAY OF WINTER 2010 RALEIGH 

Let’s take a look at this Winter. June, July and August. Hmm. This morning the mists were down and Bali the Brown Dog was out front early. All dogs were out and about during the night and Scoob the little dog is dirty and shamefaced.

THE WINTER OF 2010.

FROST IN JULY 2010 RALEIGH 

Down here at the Coast, we had a July frost. I saw only the one although there might have been light ones for the early risers.

Up in Armidale on the New England, it went as low as –12 degrees in July.

The garlic had been taken in by the time of the frost and the citrus fruits were sweet and abundant. Next door they have lemonade trees and I have been drinking them with new life water.

Seems to be a catbird in there as well and I know there is a Jabiru.

 

I took a trip to Macksville, one Wednesday. 34.4 kms, so they tell me, from Raleigh to Macksville.

MALE SATIN BOWERBIRD

My winter has featured BIRDS. A lot of birds. A lot of different kinds of birds.

Its had me posting photographs and asking about the species. This black one is a Satin Bowerbird. Now, I was under the illusion that they were elusive and timid but here there are masses of them. At least 3 males and 10 or more females – all aggressive and squabbling and shrieking.

So much for my delusions of the romantic bower bird secreting pieces of blue in some hidden nest.

WUNDERLAND BELLINGEN

Much of the Winter has been taken up in Bellingen Shopping with my daughter and her little lady. Bellingen is a one street shopping centre. Up one side and down the other, with one side street of cafes.

Its almost a meditation walk for me with the Maclaren Pusher. Up one side and down the other. 3 generations of women from one family.

On this last day of Winter, 2010, a Winter which has certainly blued with the chilled winds of our own personal ice floes, I have a hose out and am washing the concrete verandahs where the chooks and horses have been and am waiting for visitors to come.

 

 

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I have , of course, been sharing a child’s first Winter and now Springtime is coming. Dresses and sand and lagoons – for the very first time.

I have other little girls to show things to, as well. Haven’t had much chance this year and I miss them. I do believe that only one of them has seen a flathead.

We need poncho towels and thongs. We also need a caravan as spare room. We have tents but – the caravan would be a far, far better thing to do than anything I have done before.

Better, even, than the Main House at Bilambil. Possibly. Its going to be a hard act to follow. There we had our own Old Gentleman, large heart shaped pool and tennis court.

BELLINGER VALLEY

Here, we have the things of the Valley, the Beach, the River and the Towns.

We have verandahs all around and flat land where children can play. We have gardens to plant and trees where we can hang swings. The nearest shop is at the Raleigh Tip – the Ecohouse.

When the Spring time comes, we can go there and look for things we need. Books and Toys and planks of wood.

Me, I want a claw bathtub out the back, near the laundry tubs.

They say there’s a black snake living out there at the moment, just behind the big shed. They saw it sunning itself.

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It has been a Winter of horses. My own favourite is this one. He comes a-visiting from time to time and stays a week or two eating coastal grasses.

I  know little about horses but a recent trip to the now almost defunct Brigalow caravan park reminded me of Old Tom who lived there when I did in the 1990s. He still does, so I am told, down in his little corner of the world on the riverbank.

I saw him once with a horse. I think he was the original Horse Whisperer. It was a beautiful thing to watch. He carved from bone and rode a big white motorbike.

 

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We did one trip to Armidale during the Winter. I waited until I was hearing no whispers of –12degrees or ice on the inside of the windows.

Then we went a-visiting for a couple of days. We went to the movies and laughed and talked, and talked and laughed- about it all again.

There seems to be a new coach service doing the Bello-Armidale run and I will be looking at taking a ride on it. After years of travelling on public transport, I am now often a Starwagon passenger. Each method of locomotion has its points – but I do like my coaches and trains and planes.

I wonder whether they will still have a movie on the journey.

 

BELLINGEN MARKETS JULY 2010

Winter saw us at the Bellingen Markets. A new normal is forming. 2nd and 4th Saturdays are Growers’ markets in North Bello. They are small and communal and friendly.

3rd Saturday is Bellingen Community Markets. They are HUGE. We meet up with the Maclaren Girls and do our Saturday mornings. 

Clothes and books and food and music and people.

Seem to be rather a lot of little fairy people as well and a wonderful face painter.

And my favourite young band HEART TRIBE.

http://www.myspace.com/heartribe 

CENTENNIAL PLACE BELLINGEN

The Bellingen Winter. Well its almost done and we begin the Springtime. The magnolias are in flower. My mind is turning to the Urunga Sea Lido and the beaches. I don’t know what Springtime is going to bring. I know there is one sad element in it. Two, indeed.

It seems to be enabling me to walk within each day and grasp sanity.

Someplace in this Return is a ferocity of purpose. A gnarly ancient tree ferocity. A deep rooting  sturdiness.

I watched a grandmother slowly building a rock garden yesterday. One rock at a time. She could be crazy or she could be granitically wise.

Wise, so methinks. 

 

URUNGA FOOTBRIDGE

URUNGA FOOTBRIDGE.

SUMMER COMES AND SO DOES MY 10,000th HIT.

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How good is the  Internet ? A few years and a few tears back, I could no more have accessed a public forum for journals, images, music, videos, genealogy than I could have knitted new clothes for my coming grandchild. My father, Bruce Sanders, wanted his 2/3 Pioneer Battalion Story published but we simply didn’t have the resources. Now – here it is! How good is that ? This Particular Blog  of mine is about to hit 10,00 and I thank you all.

The mutual sharing is another dimension that works for me. I am not always able to travel and sometimes I don’t get out much at all. I also have a tendency to be overcome by what I like to call Acedia – in various forms – and NOW – I am no longer locked in at home alone. This is truly the Global Village for me.

Now – as we come into an Australian Summertime. and the closing of 2009 – I shall take a look at 2009- as it has been.

It was the year in which Izzy and I both turned 60 – 1949 children. I think I had best rephrase that. We were born in 1949.  2009 was the year in which we moved from the Tweed to the Clarence, in which my daughter newly turned 30 became pregnant with her first child. My granddaughters  turned 5 and 10. A most interesting time it has been.

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Last Christmas, we, as a family,  were to meet in  Kalang on Boxing Day for Kati B’s 30th birthday and Christmas Day, Izzy and I were to spend alone at Bilambil Cottage where we were living.

We were out and about in the morning and received an impromptu invite to Lorraine’s for lunch with a dozen or so guests. Plenty of good foods and good company. A sober affair so it was and I enjoyed it up behind Scenic Drive in Tweed Heads  West.

Spent the rest of the day at home with our swimming pool and tennis court. 

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The next home for us was already starting to be listed on realestate.com.au.  I didn’t realise then that it would become a place of rather deep emotional and mental impact. 2009 is the last year of my 50s and time seems to have wrapped itself around me and curled into the core of me. Memories of 20 years of Addiction and 20 years of Recovery were waiting for in this 100 year old house as well as the history of my family and my childhood.  I intended entering my 60s  consciously and cautiously, knowing this – IT WILL BE DIFFERENT. And it has been a gentle, explorative time with a good deal of ‘ thinking’ going on.

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THE TWEED RIVER NEAR TUMBULGUM 

Briefly this is my locational history.

1949-1950 – CANTERBURY ROAD HURSLTONE PARK SYDNEY. SANDERS FAMILY HOME.
1950-1970 -  27 PAXTON AVENUE, BELMORE. SYDNEY. HOUSE BUILT BY DAD.  
1970 – TUMBARUMBA . TEACHING AT ROSEWOOD.  
1971 – QUEANBEYAN SOUTH. TEACHING.
1972 – PAXTON AVE.  TEACHING IN LAKEMBA.
1973 – DRUMMOYNE, BALMAIN , CHISWICK, PORT DOUGLAS – CAMPING ON 4 MILE BEACH – YAHT UTIEKAH III- URUNGA.
1974-1977 – URUNGA IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS, INC WHITE ROSE TRADING COMPANY.
1977 – SYDNEY – GLEBE AND TAYLOR SQUARE.
1978 – 1987 – BELLINGEN AND  URUNGA – MARRIAGE AND CHILDREN.
1987 –1994 – SYDNEY. DRUG REHAB. BONDI. SOUTH COOGEE AND BACK TO TEACHING.
1994 – 2001 – URUNGA AND BELLINGEN.
2001-2009 – TWEED RIVER INC TUMBULGUN, BILAMBIL WITH SHORT TIMES IN TUGUN AND BRISBANE.
2009 – ULMARRA.

 

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In January of 2009, the Armidale Mob came to Bilambil Cottage for a Summer Holiday. That was a ‘ classic’ summer holiday. I must have had some sweet stars shining on me this year because, despite the transitional turmoil and my own inclination to distress, I have had a goodly share of Sweet Moments, Classically Good Experiences and of events turning out just as I had planned and hoped for.

The Summer holiday was one of them as was the 30th birthday of Kati B.

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We took the Poppy to the beach at Pottsville. They have been living in Armidale for years now and she hasn’t been beaching since she was a baby. We also continued our cafe experience which is rather extensive . The EATZ CAFE at Pottsville featured real Beach Food. None of which I can now recall but they had tropical names and strange drinks – a 60s flashback which I enjoyed after one too many trendoid, generic eateries such as the infamous Blue Frog in Toowong, Brisbane.

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I lived in Bilambil Cottage for 4 years and in deciding to leave, we took our time in choosing where we wanted to go and when and why and how etc. The Cottage was tiny but exquisite with a view over the Bilambil Valley and out to the Coral Sea, During the Mob’s Holiday, we sat outside of an evening and watched the bats fly over and the long nose come out to feed from the long grasses.  The Poppy learned to swim and discovered the wonder of being a Mermaid.

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We also visited the beach at Kingscliff. The Mob had lived at Kingscliff before going up the mountain. I thought that when we moved south we might miss the exotic birds and plants of the Tweed. Tweed is on the NSW/ QUEENSLAND border.

Are these baobab trees ? I like the word and haven’t checked to see whether these are baobabs or not.

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One thing I knew I wouldn’t miss was the BILAMBIL SPORTS CLUB.

I enjoyed it for a goodly length of time but things went amiss and the decor was never a good look. The Club is set in the Valley. A lovely setting with a creek beside it and playing fields, paddocks with horses and the hills rising on either side.

The Bilambil Village is tiny and part of a loop drive enjoyed by Many. However, the Club doesn’t open till  3pm, serves food only a couple of nights a week, doesnt cater for vegetarians AT ALL and is decorated as you can see on the left. The music scene which thrived there has shrivelled to nothing. Lots of potential going unused.

SOUTH GOLDEN BEACH 001 Leaving blue skies and palm trees took some serious decision making.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND LIVE MUSIC

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The couple on the left take the honour of being the first  to experience the new ULMARRA ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, as Andrew and Izzy like to call the Breezeway between SHELLBOUND and WIDE RIVER.  Today saw the first Live Music on Sundays. Izzy invited Karl and Shaz (KSM) down for the day from BUSBY FLAT and off we went.

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Just last Monday we were watching as Andrew , Robyn, Brett and Sandy bent their backs to the paving and today it was ready with umbrellas and stage. All in place for one of the sweetest little performing areas on the Northern Rivers.

I am finding the walk into 60 years of age to be rather odd.  I don’t think I ever had plans or a vision for this age.

 
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SPRINGTIME ON THE CLARENCE

Life remains hectic for me on the Clarence.  I yearn at time for more Eremitic days and on others I simply gather in the breadth and depth of these experiences.

FOR SUNDAY IN TUCABIA FOLLOW THIS LINK.

http://whiterosetrading.ning.com/photo/albums/squatters-rest-markets-tucabia 

The expectation this morning was that Phil the Sax Player would be coming for  rehearsals in the music room. Didn’t  best please me because I had visions of SQUATTER’S REST Markets at TUCABIA on my mind and the 3 garage sales I know are on there today. A Sunday at that. One of them is at Eileen’s Place opp the Tucabia Store. I don’t know who Eileen is but I still want to go to the garage Sale. The Clarence is the Home of the Garage sale.

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After some calm negotiation, Phill was relocated to a slightly later time slot and we headed East to Tucabia and SQUATTERS REST. I had not been there before. Izzy has done two music nights there and as part of my habitual information gathering, I knew a good deal about it. Weather is perfect. Springtime on the North Coast. Tucabia is app 10 kms from Ulmarra along a winding back road through paddocks and alongside wetlands. The Rest Markets – well, precisely what I was hoping for. Under gum trees. I scored a $100 pair of Dianna Ferrari shoes, new for $7. I bought home made soaps – made from goats milk and perfumed with essential oils. For $20, add a chopping table with knives for the kitchen and I am well pleased.

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Then throw in a little gem of a museum and the day is fulfilling all the promise of a country Sunday. Squatters has a wee village of Collecteds. I am struggling to find the words for it. It was if I could almost smell and touch the eagle’s wings of Uncle Jim in Laurieton in some barely recalled childhood time.

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FROST ON THE LAWN

Floods and now frost. One month we have been here. I have been in the North for 8 years and not had frost on the lawn at all.

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I am not very “good” with the cold so frost has been a shock. From Bellingen years, I have a small recollection of frost being the thing which sweetens the mandarines on the tree and I have a lot of mandarines on the tree. There are 2 other citrus trees as well so we will see how much sweetening is happening.

FLOODS IN BELLINGEN

 

BELLINGEN BRIDGE which is way under water today. It has a side rail which can be dropped allowing the debris to float over the top with minimised destruction.

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I LIVE ON the QLD NSW border and almost all the news we receive is QUEENSLAND news. So – early this morning, when my COASTFM Brekkie News Reader mentioned BELLINGEN, it caught my attention immediately. Bellingen often doesn’t reach the news even in NSW and even in midst of BIG events. The Daughter, Kati B, contacted me by SMS a few seconds later. Yes! BELLINGEN IS FLOODED. Wooyung was NOT flooded yesterday despite the road blocks and the signs. We contacted the WOOYUNG CARAVAN PARK and they reaffirmed their NON FLOODED status. BELLINGEN, however, IS FLOODED. 7.32 metres at BELLO bridge and heading for 8.2.

Kati B and IMM had headed in from Hyde’s Creek to work in town but on reaching North Bellingen were faced with the flooded BRIDGE which separates  the two halves of town. I have experienced many Flood Events in Bello over many years. I have not as yet determined the precise nature of TWEED Flooding but I know the Bellinger very well.

Most of those experiences were without mobile phones. Today, Kati B was able to ring me from the outside the Providore in North Bellingen where IMM and her were topping up provisions but lots of guesswork used to go into flood assessment in my previous experiences. Still has my adrenalin on the drip and a strange excitement. Memories of children and floating VWs and calculated estimations of how high the waters would come.

I have very few images of those times. Certainly I have none to hand, but I have some fine mental images of days flooded in and floodboats bringing supplies across.

1974, the Cyclone came down off the coast and URUNGA was flooded in with the rarely seen flooding of RALEIGH BRIDGE and Urunga Caravan Park.

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The loos near the River and the Bridge will most likely be under water. At times when they have accommodated temporary residents, there have been concerns about said residents being caught unawares but I don’t think we have actually lost anyone as yet.

I just checked my FACEBOOK friends and several of them are flooded in and most of them seem to be enjoying it. No work today! That indicates that Urunga is also flooded in. That’s dramatic.

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One of the Kalang Road bridges west of  Bellingen. I lived on Kalang when the Kids were little. The School Bus used to pick the children up from the schools when waters began to rise. The driver then honked the horn to let families know the Kids were on their way home.

COAST FM at 12.01pm NSW time – says that water is across the road at URUNGA and north of Frederickton. That’s dramatic too.

Lifted this from the RTA site.

BELLINGEN – WATERFALL WAY between PACIFIC HIGHWAY and DORRIGO MOUNTAIN

ADVERSE WEATHER – FLOODING

Initial report

Lanes closed:
Both directions – All

RTA advice:
Exercise caution

Other advice:
There is no access to Bellingen.
Motorists are advised to delay their journey.

Attending:
Emergency service(s)

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THE WALKWAY AT THE END OF THE FOOTBRIDGE OVER URUNGA LAGOON. Most likely flooded today. (That’s my academic analysis. )

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3133122

The West Australian

Saturday 29 March 1890

NEW SOUTH WALES.

THE FL00DS.

THE DAMAGE IN THE COUNTRY

DISTRICTS.

[BY TELEGRAPH]

(FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT)

SYDNEY, March 28. 1890

Walcha, a township 300 miles north of Sydney, is under water. The inhabitants have removed their things to a place of safety. Great damage has been done. The river at Walcha fell considerably yesterday. It is raining in torrents at Armidale, where the floods are the greatest ever experienced. Several houses on the low land at Armidale are flooded. The gasworks also are flooded, and the fires have been put out. The damage on tbe Bellinger river is estimated at between £35,000 and £40,000. The river is again rising. Thirty three inches of rain have fallen at Fernmount up to date, and nearly three inches fell last night. At Inverell the river rose 20 feet, overflowing its banks in many places. Families, in many instances, have deserted their homes. The people in the Kempsey district are preparing for another flood. The largest flood since 1878 has been experienced at Tenterfield. Several residents have left their homes, and one house is in water 4 feet deep.

 

 

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2424414

The Canberra Times ; Monday 15 February 1937

 

FLOOD DANGER PASSES QUICKLY IN THE NORTH

SWIFT RISE AND FALL

SYDNEY, Sunday.

Flood danger on the North Coast is rapidly passing as the flood waters are being carried swiftly away, and although some townships are still isolated by water; the worst appears to be over.

The severest local floods for 40 years were experienced at Gleniffer, on the Bellinger River,which had 32 inches of rain in 48 hours; Much damage has been caused to property, maize crops being washed away, and fencing swept out to sea while heavy losses of stock are expected to be revealed when farmers can inspect their flooded lands.
At Gienreagh, the Orara River which had risen more than 30 feet: dropped 9 ft last night and rain ceased altogether this morning.

Gangs of men are out repairing bridges, filling in washaways and clearing railway lines. The falling, of the river has made it posslble to reach Glenreagh by rail, though roads are still impassable. At East Bellingen, residents were forced to evacuate their homes.

Occupants of Gleniffer stocked their houses with provisions to withstand a flood seige, and have received no mail or food yet. Their only available means of communication waa the telephone.

FIRE

Here in  the North, its tropically wet and lush.  I don’t have words for Victoria and will stay silent. These few days are days to stand silent before. The Container that will hold the Sorrows of this dimension will need to be vast.

AUSSIE DAY EVE AT ILNAM

CHECK IZZY FOREAL’S SITE

http://izzyforeal.wordpress.com/

 

10 GOOD THINGS WHICH HAVE ALREADY HAPPENED IN 2009

How’s that  for a positive mental attitude?  Lets see how long  that can last into 2009. Okay then – looking for the good things. One week of sun, sand and salt suits my makeup very well. A fine treatment for depression.  Throw in a true Summer Holiday with my son and his family and all is truly and deeply well in my world.

Ten things – good things and more than 10 by far.

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Grasshoppers landed on the succulents in my garden.

 

The spiders, grasshoppers, mantis, and moth larva are all back:  the summer crowd has returned!

 
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Dragonflies also landed on the succulents and shed their wings in the pool.

 

We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.  ~Bill Vaughan

 
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A black spider built a home at the base of my front door light. The good thing is that I know its there and might be fortunate enough not to forget and put my hand on it.  In addition – its beautiful.

 

If you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.  ~American Quaker Saying

 
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We went en famille to  Glengarrie which is exquisite and exotic. We listened to music, swam in a very deep pool and all in all were sub-tropically  delighted.

 

Mandalay
Rudyard Kipling
By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin’ eastward to the sea,
There’s a Burma girl a-settin’, and I know she thinks o’ me;
For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say:
“Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!”

 
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Mad O’Brian and Jo filmed the YESTERBEATS in rehearsal at GLENGARRIE while Nana and the girls swam in the pool and in addition the family heard Izzy perform for the first time.

 

And sure there is music even in the beauty, and the silent note which Cupid strikes, far sweeter than the sound of an instrument; for there is music wherever there is harmony, order, or proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres.
Sir Thomas Browne

 
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WE went to the beach at Kingscliff as we did when the O’Brians lived there. We collected shells and  wore sarongs and chased seagulls and things were splendid.

 

 

A real friend is someone who takes a winter vacation on a sun-drenched beach and does not send a card.
Farmer’s Almanac

 
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A lizard stood beside the track back from the beach and remained there as we aproached. Just stood there and stared at the camera.

 

“Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard’s rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment – a little makes the way of the best happiness.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

 
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We learned about banana growing in Bilambil and saw a hand ripening before our eyes.

 

Te audire non possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure – I can’t hear you. I have a banana in my ear

 
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All manner of flowers have bloomed in the gardens and around the pool.

 

With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures
and some books, I live without envy.
–   Lope de Vega

 
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AND we went to ILNAM ESTATE for lunch. Again – en famille ! Feted and Dined and very wel pleased.

 

No animal should ever jump up on the dining-room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation. – Fran Lebowitz

 

THE END OF OCTOBER

SPRINGTIME 2008.

DRAT ! I like October. it always passes too swiftly for my taste and then I am into the bedlam which can be my summers. The wild winds have kept up for most of this springtime as they are today. Last weekend Izzy’s son and his new wife came to stay. The winds dropped and we set them up in the Art Gallery courtesy my DOS.(Discerning Owner). Iz had 3 gigs on the weekend which was not a bad arrangement for a first meeting with a 40 year old replicant son. Could have gone any which way, so it could – but it became a very emotionally delightful experience all round. Despite the shellback ticks and the snakes. 

IZ has acquired a family of magpies who feast on our bagels and speak with him and wake us earlier than I intend to be awoken. It comes from all his years in Illawarra suburbs. I, myself, am many years on the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast and well accustomed to BIRDS. I am fond of birds. Very fond in fact but do not share my bagels with them.

We battled our way into my birthday. I am 20 years out of relationship and bring minimal skillbase into being in one. At one stage we had planned a night in WADEVILLE  with a party at Jiggi but matters of self esteem and mutual respect led to the plans being altered. We went to WADEVILLE a couple of days earlier and it is  great place. http://www.kyogleweb.com.au/wadeville/index.htm WADEVILLE WOOLIES they call it with brand new accommodation for only $40 a night  and LIVE MUSIC. We will be returning to show the Boss how to use his yAMAHA recording studio.

October then – hmm ! tense moments with PhD disputes and UOW. A tupperware party in Kalang. Train trips between Grafton,Urunga and Tweed Heads. Visits with kids in far off places. TOO MUCH WIND and an aching homesickness. Loyalty and steadfastness to which I am unaccustomed.

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Tomorrow we launch into November with a visit to Dunoon and some very old friends. Well not that old but very longterm and plans for Grafton next week then south and west. A housewarming on Lake Macquarie and perhaps one on St Georges basin.  November is to bring the Daughter back for early Xmas shopping. Its the Rose’s 9th birthday and a trip to Armidale is scheduled for week 3 of November. This time we might take the New England Highway and a brief look at family history . As for this last  day of October , let the ghosts haunt. Let the zombies walk. I am tired and troubled and frightened far more by the tangible than the in.

FROM MELINDA KENDALL

BELLAMBI’S LAKE

Tired out and quite weary; sick of the strife

Of this hard, bitter war, this fierce battle of life,

I wandered about through wood and through brake,

Till I found myself near Bellambi Lake.

It is true that the heart its own bitterness knows;

What stranger will care for its throbs or its throes?

Indeed, it’s a solace to some when they try

To hug their own sorrows, when no one is nigh.

I thought of my loved ones that were, and are not,

When we stood all together on this very same spot.

It was well we knew nothing of what was in store,

‘Twould have marred all the joys in those gone days of yore.

I felt quite alone, like an old withered tree,

With a leaf scarcely left that might shelter a bee;

My boughs have been gradually lopped one by one;

Thus, despoiled of my branches, I stand here alone.

Now a murmur came up from the blue looming sea,

And the weirdlike Gobburras laughed loud on the tree;

While a glamour unearthly seemed stealing around,

And broke up the silence, before so profound.

A strange feeling came o’er me; I felt something near,

And the winds were all whispering loved names in my ear;

I started, and trembled, I looked round, afraid,

As I fancied a hand on my shoulder was laid.

Pale shadowy phantoms stood round me in tears,

I knew them – the ghosts of departed dead years;

Ah! yes, we were part of your substance, they said,

But despised and neglected from you we have fled.

Now we dwell in the limitless spaces,

Far away in the ether sublime,

Where is no upward or downward,

Nor record or limit to time.

I stood up and looked round, there was nought to be seen,

It was only a part of a hideous dream;

I looked down at my dog, and saw with surprise,

There were tears in his loving, pathetic brown eyes.

This thought gave me comfort – his friendship is true;

And the true friends we find in this world are but few;

We could not exist on this earth without some,

So the love of a dog is far better than none.

I turned to the mountain, ‘neath which stood my home;

To this ghoul-haunted lake, never more will I come.

My dog understood, and walked briskly behind,

So I shook of this glamour, threw care to the wind.

(Illawarra Mercury, September 6, 1884)

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Quote of the Day:
Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.
–Josh Billings

 

 

 

AUGUST IN BILAMBIL

Which means warming weather and sunshine. An eclipse or two.  It means radical re-arrangements in my life – well it has often done so. with a most unpleasant run up to the 12th August. I was married on the 12th August which sounds good and wasn’t all bad but was surrounded with trauma and “Issues”. Then again – August saw me rock bottoming totally in drug addiction and alcoholism – again on August 12th – a long time ago now.

I know these two incidents weren’t the only ones but they are potent significators. This year I sit on The Hill – sun shining. Parrots squarking. Izzy embroiled in his own volcanic emotional situation and as for me – well I am shimmering less and beginning to see the 12 AUGUST light at the end of the Augustine Tunnel.

I moved the Big Buddy and the wee table to face out over the Valley. Perhaps it will have some soothing effect on distresses and sorrows and foolish resentments.

 

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Its Jo’s birthday this week and the Olympics begin in Beijing. The one eclipse has passed and another is to come. Soon Armidale will be warm enough for me to pay another visit. Kati B has her baby chickens and they all have plenty of work and study. We don’t. Well we have the PhD and I have the Bell Sanders Family. I have as much work as I like to have which is none. Izzy doesn’t  like not having work and now his music is seriously damaged as well so things are rocking somewhat.

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I do have Rolheiser to turn to : http://www.ronrolheiser.com/

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Back to a simple Sunday in August 2008.  I hadn’t actually expected to still be alive in 2008 so that’s a way to say Good Day. I am also saying – after the manner of a song I particularly like :

Ms Sanders-Braithwaite regrets , she’s unable to dine today. She has taken her coat and is thinking of Home far away.

 

LYNNE BELL SANDERS