Category Archives: NORTHERN BELLES

7 NOVEMBER 2011 : AN ORDINARY DAY

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THE YAAN.

I don’t use the term AN ORDINARY DAY lightly. I haven’t had many of them over the last 12 months to 2 years or even more. Life has been in major disarray, A couple of weeks back, I became aware of the ‘boredom’ that assails me following an extended period of excitement, busyness, shocks and variations. Marian once told me not to destroy the boredom because Life would bring enough excitements of its own and she was surely right. Nonetheless, the familiar panic began to rise within and the sense of depression. With that came the urge to see a doctor and be given ‘something’ for it or to do something radical and change the Outside in the hope of altering the Inside. It works sometimes but sometimes it just wreaks havoc.

This time, I managed to do nothing in particular and now I have arrived at AN ORDINARY DAY.

IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND

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IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND – WAIT FOR ME.

I am adding this video to the day’s posting. Reason I am doing this is that I am looking for the sentiments and vision that are bubbling within me. So – from little things, big things grow. And IF I SHOULD FALL BEHIND, WAIT FOR ME.

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AUSTRALIAN COTTAGES–HISTORICALLY.

COTTAGES IN TROVE

 

 

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COTTAGES IN THE NLA HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954), Thursday 16 November 1939,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11275965

A WOODCUTTER’S COTTAGE DRAWN BY A YOUNG GIRL.

The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912-1954), Saturday 26 September 1953

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57833136

COTT The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.  1848-1954), Thursday 16 November 1939, COTT The Mail (Adelaide, SA 1912-1954), Saturday 26 September 1953

Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885-1954), Thursday 19 July 1934,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37719577

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954), Tuesday 27 May 1947,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22428925

COTT Western Mail (Perth, WA 1885-1954), Thursday 19 July 1934, COTTThe Argus (Melbourne, Vic.  1848-1954), Tuesday 27 May 1947,

The Queenslander , Saturday 20 October 1906
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The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866-1939), Thursday 20 October 1927,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article25301816

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866-1939), Thursday 20 October 1927,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article25301820

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14 MAY 2011: VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD. JUST SAY THANK YOU.

JUST SAY THANK YOU.

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Over in the U.S.A. is one of the Bloggers I follow and she’s the one I am saying THANK YOU to today. This morning, I opened my emails and found a VERSATILE BLOGGER’S AWARD from Cecilia Futch. Bear with me as I work out how to post it and the details of doing so. For a woman like me who has never left the shores of her own small world, it’s a real pleasure to have contact with other people in other places. Sitting here in my little cottage, writing blog posts, I don’t think I am usually conscious that anyone reads or looks at them. Thank You indeed Cecilia Futch.

Now let’s see what I am supposed to do next.

 

FROM CECELIA.

I have been blessed to meet some incredible and talented people through this medium called “blogging.” As this blog has grown, and as I’ve added other blogs, my network keeps expanding.  Having read many other excellent blogs, I am even more amazed that I was nominated for this award.  Wow.

The Versatile Blogger Award is an award passed from blogger to blogger. As with any award, there are responsibilities that go with it.  This award not only increases your blog’s visibility in the blogging world, but it is a way to expose a little about the blogger behind the blog (in this case, me).  Finally, as the awardee, one get to  share with her/his readers who  their favorite bloggers and writers are.

I’m off to Growers’ Markets for the morning and will take a good look at the Award when I come home. Thank you.

OK then . Home from GROWERS’ MARKETS. The next part of the Award.

Here is how it works:

1) Link back to the blogger that gave me the award .
2) Tell you 7 random things about myself.
3) Choose 15 other blogs to pass the award to.
4) Inform the other bloggers that I’m passing the award to them.

7 RANDOM THINGS ABOUT MYSELF.

 
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1. I am Australian and descended from convicts and assisted emigrants from the UK : England, Ireland and Scotland. My Heritage is on LYNNE BELL SANDERS site.

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2. I used to live in a little white cottage on top of a hill in the sub-tropical Tweed River Region. In the mornings I could see the sun rising over the Coral Sea through palm trees.

I rather liked that.

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3. My Poppa Bell worked for years on Sydney Trams and was based near Central Railway Station in Sydney. Its no longer as gracious as it was back then. That’s the snack bar in the pic. I was there only last year with my Sister. By then her hair had gone and she was very ill. She died from lung cancer this year – same thing that killed my Poppa Bell a long time ago.

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4. I dropped out in the early 1970s and took to the ‘hippy trail’. I wasn’t a true Hippy. I was what they called a Freak. I haven’t really ever dropped back in again. Nowadays people seem to merely think I’m eccentric and don’t quite know that I am dropped out.

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5. At this time I am living in a little cottage in what I call my hometown on the North Coast of NSW. It’s a good place for a Nana to live and for an eremitic disposition like mine. Its near the River, the Ocean and the Mountains. I don’t even have a key to lock the doors. There is no need to.

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6. Never thought I would get to be a grandmother and now I have 3 granddaughters and thank goodness for that. I like to see Life continuing. Watching a Soul make itself at home in this world – well it’s a wonderful thing.

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7. AND I have seen BROLGAS. I didn’t get near enough to get a clear photograph and it was just after the big floods of 2009 – but I HAVE seen Brolgas. A lot of Brolgas. One of the best things that has ever happened to me.

Hmmm. Not to choose 15 other Blogs. That’s a lot. I will make a beginning.

15 OF MY FAVOURITE BLOGS.

Versatile blogger award trophya     To each of you – one VERSATILE BLOGGER’S AWARD.

1 http://bentenlaughing.blogspot.com/

2. http://kazbah.wordpress.com/

3. http://mountaingirlrae.blogspot.com/

4. http://neil2decade.wordpress.com/

5. http://belshaw.blogspot.com/

6. http://melonpops.wordpress.com/

7. http://vanbadham.blogspot.com/

8. http://northcoastvoices.blogspot.com/

9. http://wilsonsalmanac.blogspot.com/

10. http://brisdailyphoto.blogspot.com/

11. http://annamog.blogspot.com/

12. http://sydney-eye.blogspot.com/

13. http://idler.co.uk/

14. http://robigallery.blogspot.com/

15. http://stephenhunt.net/

and the Bonus to my good friend on

http://kambrah.blogspot.com/

Thank You.

10 MAY 2011 : DAY NO 131 OF 2011 : Not every cloud brings rain.

FROM SOUND PROVERBS

All clouds bring not rain.”We can rephrase this: “Not every cloud brings rain.” And that’s true. Sometimes there are many clouds in the sky, but it doesn’t rain. Sometimes it’s the same with problems, or what we think are problems.

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For a few years now it has seemed that every cloud brought rain. In the physical world anyways. I do like to take a cliché and look further at the literal meaning of it. That process adds colour and depth to the small catchphrases of life.

NOT EVERY CLOUD BRINGS RAIN.

We had years of drought and predictions, well more like dire warnings, that it would never rain again. Then in 2009, the rains came and from then till now, the nervous shimmers of the average Australian have gone from fear of no rain to dread of more rain.  Not every cloud brings rain but a lot of clouds do.

Then again, I did learn a lesson about that once. I had taken a shine to a young Englishman and he had taken a shine to me. We sat down on the Promenade at Bondi Beach and discussed the possibility of committing to a relationship.

Says I. “ Well, even though it will probably be bad, I am willing to give it a go.”

Says he, “ That’s funny. I was thinking THIS COULD BE GOOD.”

That was a rainless cloud lesson for me. Up till that point, I rarely had the expectation that something could be good.

NOT EVERY CLOUD BRINGS RAIN.

Some more things about this cloud saying that just came to my mind are:

Sometimes rain is a good thing and sometimes its not.

Sometimes its good for one thing and not another.

A certain amount of rain has one effect and a different amount has another effect.

The rain or rainlessness will affect each person, place or thing in a different way.

 

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Sit down a moment and we’ll take a look at some of the Clouds I’ve seen. Some brought rain. Some didn’t.

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The higher the clouds the better the weather.

http://www.cmos.ca/weatherlore.html

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‎”Ola i ka wai a ka ʻōpua.”
There is life in the water from the clouds. 
Mary Kawena Puku.

“In the hour of adversity be not without hope, For crystal rain falls from black clouds”
Persian Proverb

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We believe that every being is divine, is God. Every soul is a sun covered over with clouds of ignorance; the difference between soul and soul is owing to the difference in density of these layers of clouds.

“Meditate. Live purely. Be humble. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine!”
Buddha, 568-488 BC,

Founder of Buddhism.

10 CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON WHICH LOOK LIKE PROBLEMS TO ME BUT MIGHT NOT BE.

I will check them out in a month or two.

  1. the cost of electricity this winter.
  2. my left knee
  3. the closing of the BONVILLE FRESH FRUIT SHOP
  4. living a long way from some of the kids and grandkids
  5. my breathing and bleeding
  6. shingle by shingle
  7. dying vans
  8. our vegie garden not growing anything but sunflowers
  9. heating the house
  10. my nieces in limbo

SOMETIMES THE CLOUDS DO BRING RAIN.

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NOTHING TO DO WITH CLOUDS BUT IT HAS A GOOD DEAL TO DO WITH THINGS NOT NECESSARILY BRINGING WHAT YOU EXPECT THEM TO.