Topic #33: FEBRUARY 2 2011: “You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is." Will Rogers


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FEBRUARY 2 2011: “You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.” Will Rogers.


The Burst

What: You write in patches of 30-60 minutes. When you feel your concentration flag, you go do something else for 30 minutes, then return.

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500 words on GOING OUT ON A LIMB WHERE THE FRUIT IS. Free to write in a burst and then up and roam when the urge comes upon me.

The heat has come now. It didn’t seem like it was going to come this Summer but it has and with it are the major Australian Havocs. The Floods of Brisbane and now the biggest Cyclone in Australia’s History. I am watching the television. Some people don’t do that. I do. There is something HUGE about it that has always fascinated me. I don’t think its just voyeurism either. Its something of a group conscience. Unseen Spirits monkey reaching one another.

That’s one burst done. Quick cold shower now and some more washing on the line. The washing is drying even before it gets to the Line. Shower. Washing. Some photos of the activity between Bursts. Eye of the Cyclone.

BURST 2: a short one. Distracted  without a word written

Towels to hang out now. Another cold shower and check the temperatures while I watch the YASI approach on the Television. Check Twitter

Burst 3: no bursts at all so it seems. Phone call and visit. Heat building. Wondering what to do next. Best get rice bread and tahini. A cold drink and then SETTLE ! Settle and then go for a burst.

My O My.

Burst no 4.

Day is fairly passed and the writing bursts didn’t come at all. So I shall sit now and go for the last 500 words. I have been standing under the hose and mopping floors with eucalyptus oil while I consider the Gem Collection Topic.  Going out on a limb – sometimes – where the fruit is. Is that where it is ? My son had an apple tree. He lives up in the High Country. The apples fell from the tree hard and round and way before ripening. They would have made good missiles for warfare.

His father who also lives in the High Country has a plum tree. He sent a whole lot of plums down this Christmas but I forgot to bring them home, sweet and juicy as they were, and my daughter stewed them.

I don’t know how far out on the limb he had to go to pick the plums. It’s a nice image, this one of Will Rogers’ but I don’t quite know how valid it is.

There is a mulberry tree down the back paddock. Comes into fruit round about November. I didn’t see it in fruit  in 2010 but I do know mulberry trees pretty well. The fruit masses all over. The limbs are not limbs designed for climbing out on. So it seems to me.  We had a fine mulberry tree outside the Cottage in Murwillumbah. It grew down at the bottom of a drop of maybe 2 metres and we could reach the fruit while standing on the high footpath. It was indeed tempting to stretch a little dangerously over the edge of the fence railing for the particular piece of fruit which looked desirable but it wasn’t a good idea to do so.

I wonder what the consequences of going out on a limb actually are. I like the image of someone climbing out on the limb and sawing it off while sitting on the outer edge of the branch.

Maybe I could get Will to show me the tree he meant and the fruit he meant. Too often I think that the fruit on the end of the limb looks appealing just like the greener grass and the golden balls in the sky.

And now for the day before me. Not that there is much left of daylight. I might take a walk around the yard, take a look at the trees and consider the Rogers’ quote.

I haven’t been out on a literal limb very often, but I have been out on the bowsprit of a yacht in a cyclone. There was no fruit out there but it was a magnificent place to be. Especially for a woman of a timid nature like me.  Utiekah 3 that boat was. You can find it on the Net. That was 1973 that I stood there. Salted. Browned. Barefooted and Free.

Magnificent. Yes, That’s the word for it.


Some of the things which called me away from writing 500 simple words.

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Watched the Rainbow Lorikeets .

Made some yoghurt.

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Did some washing in the monster machine.

Watched Cyclone Yasi approaching Far North Queensland.

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Hung washing out.

And sat down to Blog again.



Here is Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, speaking this morning.
ANNA BLIGH: We are facing a storm of catastrophic proportions in a highly populated area.
You’ve heard all of the statistics and what it all adds up to is a very, very frightening time for people and their families.
This is not something that passes over the coast and is over in an hour – this is 24 hours of quite terrifying winds – anywhere up to 300 kilometres an hour – torrential rain, likely loss of electricity and mobile communications.
So people really need to be preparing themselves mentally as much as anything else.

Under consideration only.

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