31 JANUARY 2012 : THE END OF THE FIRST MONTH

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And the Badges appear.

ONE DAY OF BLUE SKIES AND HEAT AND FUN. PICKING PASSIONFRUIT. DOING UNI ASSIGNMENTS. PLAYING WITH NANA.

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The fire truck has been brought to the north side and we know what that means …… Kath.

“a bellingen saying in times of flood approaching”

THE YAAN :

I thought I would not be bothering you with rainy day stories  today. It was one good looking day. I was singing as I drove along and the wee Lass and me played frivolously while her Mum did a uni assignment.  Then tonight, the rains have come back again. So, let’s sit awhile here on the eBENCH and laugh A LOT. Last night, just before bedtime, I heard a loud and snorty noise out front. Took a look and just past the 3 cats and 2 dogs   was a white horse and a dark horse. They didn’t fool me this time. A few days back, the pair of them came a’visiting. I took myself out to get some pics of Jack, the friendly horse and some shots of the little white pony.

“Jack” was somewhat aloof but I figured he was hoping to be allowed to stay in my front yard – grazing.  Turned out it wasn’t Jack, the Friendly Horse. It was Leo, the Loony. I would not have been so casual in approaching him if I had realised that it was him.  So, last night when I heard the loud and snorty noise and turned on the outside lights, I knew that Leo and his White Lady had again escaped from their place 2 paddocks away and come over here where the grass is greener.

Now, I am not a horse person. No idea how to handle them. The Owners do that and the daughter of the household  arrived home just as I threw an outdoor light on the scene., brining with her all her horse experience. She called her mum and after they had walked through a spiderweb with one fat spider in the dark and untangled Leo’s coat which he had somehow wrapped over his head , they put both horses into the Front Paddock.

These are not our horses.  Called the daughter of the House.

Turned out the Lady of the House would not have been so casual handling “ Jack” either had she known it was really Leo.

I think there’s a lesson in that for all of us.

one word to the Wise – don’t underestimate the StoryTeller

THE COLDSTREAM IS FLOWING BACKWARDS.

a clarentzian saying in times of approaching flood.

rain The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA 1931 - 1954), Tuesday 5 October 1954,

What is JUPITER PLUVIUS ?

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Alexandra and Yea Standard, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express (Vic. : 1877 – 1908), Friday 18 December 1903

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57651178

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jupiter_(mythology)

http://www.jupiterpluvius.com/

http://radiobloomsday.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/recent-visitation-of-jupiter-pluvius.html

http://vashluv.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/monsoon-jupiter-pluvius-solstice/

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JUPITER PLUVIUS.

jup The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842 - 1954), Saturday 25 June 1949, 2

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 25 June 1949,

30 JANUARY 2012 : UNFLOODED : A TOUCH OF HOPE.

6 first up images of HOPE.

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http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/weekly-photo-challenge-hope/

I left yesterday blank. NO reason except to leave it blank. Today , I’m taking a hunt for a HOPE picture  and a look around the Blogs for other Hopeful Photographers. I was intending to limit myself to 3 choices only but I might just break that small rule as well. Seems to be 2012 for me in the first 30 days.

Making plans and changing them.

Having intentions and not carrying them out.

Adopting one attitude and then fostering an entirely different one.

Yesterday’s  CAINER : When is good news not good news? When you have resigned yourself to the idea that it will never come and have thus made a series of alternate plans. When there is no longer room in your life for something wonderful because the space has now been filled up with something second rate. What’s happening in your life now is really rather excellent. If it does not match your idea of what ought to be happening, you just need to change your idea about what ought to be happening! Expect the best. In your heart of hearts, you know this is what you deserve.

FIRST IMAGE FOR HOPE THIS WEEK.

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Yes. that’s my passionfruit vine bearing fruit. Its brought me a lot of sub-tropical joy this Summer and now there is actually fruit on it. Mind you, some critter is biting the fruit  clear off before I get to it but I don’t mind too much. It symbolises hope at a time that is appearing to dash rather a lot of what I thought were intelligent and perfectly reasonable hopes for my life.

In the end, there is the Vine and Me.

Now for my look around the Blogs. Will choose 3 extra specials and maybe be a little tougher than usual in  choosing the rest of my favourites.

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MY FAVOURITE: http://3rdculturechildren.com/2012/01/28/weekly-photo-challenge-hope/

TOP 3

http://chrisdonnermysterywriter.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/weekly-photo-challenge-hope/

http://yichinglin.com/2012/01/29/mirage/#comment-8474

http://jugorum.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/weekly-photo-challenge-hope/

http://tostir.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/weekly-photo-challenge-hope/

http://juliedawnfox.com/2012/01/29/weekly-photo-challenge-hope/

http://www.threesticksofwatusi.com/photo-challenge-2012/weekly-photo-challenge-hope

 

I have sneaked in this second major image because once I saw how many of us went for plants for the HOPE theme, I figured I had best look further for what HOPE means to me.

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JANUARY 27 2012 : I always say to my nanna that all that had happened to her was meant to be.

Poem by Walha Udi Marvyn McKenzie Snr, Port Augusta, South Australia
Read more: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/stolen-generations-stories.html#ixzz1hACkatdo

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Take your old brown feet and walk
Make footprints that will stand the test of time forever
Make handprints of ochre along the way
Whiteman coming many things clever
And little or no knowledge of the Never Never

http://www.paolospoems.com/aboriginal-poems/a-paradise-lost/

Paolo’s Poems

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THE YAAN.

Don’t want to write about anything tonight. Been flooded in another day. There’s some good flood stories floating about I might get to them one day. And though I don’t feel like writing,  I’ll go for my 250 words. The frogs are about tonight. My daughter tells me they are so loud at their place that she can’t even record her presentation for uni and her mother-in-law says that in the 30 years she has lived there, she’s never heard anything like it and is closing her French doors of a night – something she don’t even do in Winter.

And now we have the frogs here. The big water birds still haven’t come back. I suspect more flooding if they don’t come back for a bit. I thought we were going to  town today. My girl rang and they had come in the back way over the dirt roads. Right, says I. We’ll meet you there and have lunch. The pair of us dressed fast as and into the Starwagon to meet the family in town. We splashed through a bit of water on the driveway, powered  on to the road to the Highway – and STOPPED. The road was maybe 200 metres impassable underwater. Bugger.

Home again. Home again.

Hear tell that SES has been stringing ropes across flooded spots and sending foods and medicines in. I like the SES down here a lot better than I liked the ones we encountered in Ulmarra. Then again – this is not a TERRIFYING flood whereas that one in 2009 was full on TERRIFYING.

This is a seeping, soggy, sodden, saturated flood is all. 

I like the neighbours as well. People are pretty good to one another at times. This is one of those times.

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JANUARY 26 2012 : At dusk, a family drives sheep out through the yellow of the Aboriginal flag.

http://www.lesmurray.org/pm_lsf.htm

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40 YEARS OF THE TENT EMBASSY

Ngunda: messenger of God

Ngunda Bimiai spoke the message.
All I did was draw this.
All I did was pass on
But one thing they gave me
is my own selfing self.

Lionel Fogarty

THE YAAN.

I am about to write a peaceable post after a fractious day. 250 words without insult or entering into dispute. I am also going to find a white Australian song and post it. No problem.
Hmmmm – that’s me taking a deep yogic breath or two. It stayed flooded today but the rains have now eased. We have plenty of provisions and some delicious foods for dinner. Tomorrow, I think I shall be able to get out and about and maybe get some post-flood photos. I started a new photoblog and now the owner of the property walks past in high gumboots through the long grasses.

I have my OWN SELFLING SELF. I surely do like that expression. MY OWN SELFLING SELF.

I’m still waiting for the big waterbirds to come back. We have water now. The paddock is back to mini lake and maybe the algae has washed from the dam. I am still forming visions of what I want in a home. Last time, all the little kids sat in Urunga School, brainstormed and then meditated a little before drawing and writing about the perfect home for me and mine. Within a week, I had a 5 bedroom mansion for $200 per week with its own rose garden and situated on a wee creek out in the Valley. The Gleniffer Valley. It was a magic little class to teah, that one was.

The detail I add to my vision today of HOME is – ENDURING.

With a bathroom with a bathtub. A room with perfumes and lotions and potions and views onto tropical plants and a stream.

 

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http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://jacketmagazine.com/01/fogpoems.html

http://epress.anu.edu.au/bwwp/mobile_devices/ch09.html

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE : SIMPLE.

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – History (I Was Born Blind)

I have posted this Yunupingu clip while I look for SIMPLE photos – mostly due to the simplicity of the video and also because of the simple statement of I WAS BORN BLIND. Now to look for some images for the week’s challenge.  I will not be matching the SIMPLE beauty of this video and I know it.

I have selected the shot of SPIDER THE CAT on a flooded day.

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Then again – in a photo that is a little less simple than Spider the Cat, I can show the SIMPLE act of neighbourliness when John, the Canadian, towed Izzy through the floodwaters to get home yesterday.

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And the other one I am considering for the week’s final entry of mine is the one of my passionfruit vine through my venetian blinds. The simple enduring pleasure of this wet Summer.

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OTHER BLOGGERS ON THE MATTER OF SIMPLE.

SIMPLY THE BEST

http://mrthekidd.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/weekly-photo-challenge-simple/#comment-666

http://rutheh.com/2012/01/21/weekly-photo-challenge-simple/

http://skedazzles.com/2012/01/20/weekly-photo-challenge-simple/

http://halfcnote.com/2012/01/22/weekly-photo-challenge-simple/

http://treshabarger.com/2012/01/24/weekly-photo-challenge-simple/

http://foundroundandabout.com/2012/01/22/weekly-photo-challenge-simple/

http://theunofficialversion.com/2012/01/22/weekly-photo-challenge-simple/

http://tostir.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/weekly-photo-challenge-simple-3/

http://hurtlingtowards60.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/weekly-photo-challenge-simple/

http://slightlyinsightful.com/2012/01/23/weekly-photo-challenge-simple/

http://suvesabun.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/simple-yet-functioning-weekly-photo-challenge-simple/

 

SOME NEW ONES FOR ME.

http://jeffsinonphotography.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/weekly-photo-challenge-simple/

http://neversayneveragaingirl.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/weekly-photo-challenge-simpl/

http://blog.seonshine.com/2012/01/22/weekly-photo-challenge-simple/

JANUARY 25 2012 : They’re fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don’t listen to writers talk about writing or themselves. Lillian Hellman.

THE GEM COLLECTION

THE YAAN

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Council Road Closures

Updated: Wednesday 25 January at 8:35am


The road closures Council is aware of as at the time of the last update are listed below.

Most watercourses and low lying areas in Bellingen Shire are currently affected by flooding.

This list is not comprehensive due to the wide spread nature of the current flooding and many other roads are likely to be affected by flood waters and storm damage.

Motorists are advised to be aware of these conditions and drive carefully. Motorists should not attempt to drive along roads which are covered by water.

The road network will progressively be inspected by Council staff and this web page will be updated, based on these inspections, as reports are received.

Waterfall Way

East of Bellingen, between Short Cut Road and Bellingen – ROAD NOW OPEN WITH CAUTION

Dorrigo Mountain – ROAD NOW OPEN WITH CAUTION

NOTE: accident 3km from top of mountain, road open under traffic control

The following roads are closed:

Darkwood Road at Leans Bridge 1.2km from Waterfall Way.

Kalang Road at Moodys bridge at 2km from Bowraville Road.

Bridge Street at Lavenders Bridge at Bellingen.

Bowraville Road at Kalang River near Hains Lane.

North Bank Road at Slarkes Bridge approx 3.7km from Bellingen.

Valery Road – Eastern end near Keevers Drive and near Raceway.

Moonpar Road closed at 3.5km from Tyringham Road, Dorrigo.

Bowraville to Bellingen Road Bowraville – About 17km south of Bellingen – Nambucca LG Area – Landslips

 

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THE YAAN.

Its quite a nice flood really. Sitting here at home, it’s quite nice. Going on rather long but lacking in violence and storms or the threat to the house. So it’s a little dreary and rather chilly and there’s water between us and getting out of here but – it’s quite a nice flood. The power is still on and the internet is working and no snakes have appeared on the verandahs. The only hairy patches were crossing the wee barrier of flood yesterday and John the Canadian from next door  towed the Starwagon through on a rope so that was briefly experienced.

The white pony looks a little miserable but she’s munching her way through the paddock and has a tree for shelter from the occasional downpours. We have skies full of black cockatoos, the GangGangs which warn of flood and we have dozens of lorikeets and other smallish birds hanging out round the back feeders of the cottage but the big waterbirds seem to have all gone. I do not know why. The unnerving part is that the rain keeps coming and keeps coming.

In the Meantime, I’m watching the A TEAM and chatting and waiting for the frogs to start up croaking again.

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http://www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/index.php?option=com_jentlacontent&view=enhanced&id=47952

AND THEN BELLINGEN CANCELS AUSTRALIA DAY DUE TO THE RAIN. I don’t do Australia Day, myself, but talk about weak knee-ed.

ABC Coffs Coast

Bellingen Council has postponed their Australia Day celebrations at Urunga tomorrow. A revised Australia Day will be held at a date to be advised. #nswflood

This is the Spirit. Eungai about 3/4 hour south of us.

Eungai Creek Post Office & General Store

You don’t have to go into town to shop – we’re open till 5pm and maybe we’ve got what you need! Call in and say hello soon! 🙂

Also open tomorrow – fresh bread delivered by 9am, fresh free-range local eggs in today, fresh milk today as well and maybe freshly baked Date Loaf slices for tomorrow!