MARCH 10 2011: day no 69 : wonderful things

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the way  of an eagle in the sky,

the way of a snake on a rock,

the way of a ship in the sea,

and the way of a man with a woman.

Proverbs 30:18-19

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Things that are too wonderful to understand. Up North on the Tweed, there are a lot of raptors. They like the sugar cane. Well, not the cane but the side benefits of the canefields. I liked the cane too and the cane fires. Fire. Water. Sugar. Wonderful things.  I lived in the  Village of Tumbulgum in the early 2000s. The Rouse and the Tweed meet there in the same way that the Kalang and Bellinger meet here.

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the way  of an eagle in the sky,

the way of a snake on a rock,

the way of a ship in the sea,

and the way of a man with a woman.

Down here I occasionally see sea eagles but not often. The lines from proverbs call them wonderful things. Too wonderful to understand. From the Bilambil Cottage, I could see the eagles flying the valley thermals. They were often flying lower than where I was standing on the Cottage porch. Usually being hassled by far smaller birds as well.

Down here in Raleigh, we have a lot of birds. Lorikeets come to feed en masse in the mornings and wetlands birds come down to our dam. We have kookaburras and honeyeaters and willie wagtails and satin bower birds. Little wrens and finches and sometimes the jabiru over through the trees in the unseen wetland.

Seems to me that the eagles fly in worlds of their own. Blissfully. Dreaming along.

Bilambil had snakes aplenty as well. Tall Don at the Blues Club told me that Bilambil valley had more species of snakes than anywhere else in Australia.  Not necessarily more snakes but more species. I am not surprised. I surely saw a lot. Doug B told me there were browns down in the fairy dell but they didn’t often come up near the houses. He did see one at the pool one day and we saw a lot of small snakes.

I am in a TROVE mood again so I am hunting back into the digitised newspapers. The Bilambil Valley adjoins the Tumbulgum township. Historically, I find in 1929, a K Mcleod winning a prize for fancy dress as a SNAKE CHARMER. The Mcleod was one line of highland Scots from which I descend. I know they lived in Tumbulgum from the 1860s onwards. Might well be a connection of mine, young McLeod, the snake charmer.

COOLANGATTA AND TWEED HEADS. (1929, August 3). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864-1933), p. 26. 

Might as well stay with the SNAKE theme on the TWEED while I’m in the TROVE.

SNAKE BITE The Advertiser 2 (Adelaide, SA 1889-1931), Friday 17 March 1911,

Years later, 2003, I knew a man who had been bitten by a brown snake at Burringbar. He lived. It took a lot more than the Snake to do Him in.

snake tumb The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. 1860-1954), Tuesday 19 June 1934

FATALITIES AND ACCIDENTS. (1911, March 17). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA.)

MAINLAND. (1934, June 19). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.)
The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. 1933-1954), Saturday 16 June 1945 snake bedThe Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842-1954), Saturday 12 January 1929,
Snakes (Are Still) Alive!. (1945, June 16). The Courier-Mail(Brisbane, Qld.) SNAKE IN BED. (1929, January 12). The Sydney Morning Herald



EAGLES The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842-1954), Saturday 21 January 1933 CAGED EAGLES The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. 1848-1954), Tuesday 7 May 1940
EAGLES. (1933, January 21). The Sydney Morning Herald CAGED EAGLES. (1940, May 7). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.)
BALD EAGLE The Australian Women's Weekly (1932-1982), Saturday 19 August 1950 WTEAGLE Sunday Times (Perth, WA  1902-1954), Sunday 2 August 1925
1950  The Australian Women’s Weekly The Wedge-tailed Eagle. (1925, August 2). Sunday Times(Perth, WA)

And so I come to the way of a ship in the sea. My life is spent along the East Coast of N.S.W. Years back, ships on the sea were a primary means of transport along this coast and into the rivers and harbours. Now we hurtle along the highways and fly. Sometimes we take the almost defunct train system. But once, the ships were on the Seas.

alma doepel The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. 1848-1954), Tuesday 15 January 1935, terranioraThe Brisbane Courier 2(Qld. 1864-1933), Tuesday 17 November 1925,

terranioraThe Brisbane Courier 3(Qld. 1864-1933), Tuesday 17 November 1925,

AMONG THE LAST OF HER KIND. (1935, January 15). The Argus Terranora Lakes. (1925, November 17). The Brisbane Courier(Qld.)

I shall leave the way of a man with a woman till some other day when I feel more awake and have had my lunch.