That last post was terminated. Everything electrical was terminated for 8 hours or so. The storms hit and the power went down.
FEDERAL HOTEL, BELLINGEN.
THE YAAN : Back Home after a weekend away. Yesterday was one of my own picture book days. Sun shining. Hours at the swimming pool. At one stage I said to the Cheery Redhead; Where are the clouds ? Miss 2 looked a little appalled and searched the endless blue skies for at least one cloud. Her two years on Earth have featured very few blue skied days. She looked more than a little nervous at the lack of clouds. We went uptown and lunched in the restaurant at the Federal Hotel. $10 meals and child friendly. I drove home well pleased with these February Days.
Then the clouds started coming in. My friend N.C. from a little furthe4r south sent me warning messages and I looked up our BOM. Sure enough – storms coming. They weren’t all that bad here. A tree snapped down and some heavy rain – but they did black out the place for the whole night. All a part of a true Summer.
Now for town on a Tuesday Morning. Tuesdays I go to Urunga for a meeting. Its maybe 8 kms from here. Not far. Talk with friends and buy some lunch. The small routines are precious. Back later.
Going North to Ulmarra today. Here’s the Google Maps Directions. 113 Kms. 1 hour 32 minutes. Izzy is bringing together disparate elements of the last 5 years and playing with KEL MACINTOSH from out near Muwillumbah. That’s Kel on the Sax. Scrubby is to the left but he’s not coming to Ulmarra today.
1. Head south on Valery Rd towards Old Pacific Hwy 1.1 km
2. Take the 1st left on to Old Pacific Hwy 2.4 km
3. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit 150 m
4. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the Pacific Hwy/National Route 1 ramp 350 m
5. Turn left onto Pacific Hwy/National Route 1 Go through 1 roundabout 29.7 km
6. Slight left to stay on Pacific Hwy/National Route 1 (signs for Grafton) Go through 1 roundabout 66.0 km
7. Turn right onto Centenary Drive 4.3 km
8. Turn right onto Pacific Hwy/National Route 1 (signs for Ballina) 9.0 km Ulmarra NSW
Means I won’t be writing much. Its going to be an interesting gig. Kel is in his 80s – a classic Jazz performer. He’s bringing along PHIL EIZENBERG from STOKERS SIDING. All we know at this time , is that Bob, on the trumpet, is coming along and a double bass player. We lived in Ulmarra in 2009. Loved it. So here we go on a 2 hour drive to visit old friends, eat good food, listen to music and check the Bookshop.
GLIMPSES OF ULMARRA.
THE VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE.
THE PROMISED LAND TODAY.
Today I went to the PROMISED LAND, out on the NEVER NEVER CREEK in the GLENIFFER VALLEY to swim in the dappled light and chilled water. Maybe a 1/2 hour drive from Home.
Its been a hot day. The kind of day which suits me very well. The local community radio station 2BBB was playing SOUTH PACIFIC AND I was singing along on my way up to meet the Cheery Redhead and her Mum, Kati B. The water out on the Never Never is cold and clear and despite the rocky bottom of the Creek, it was one delightful day. A corny word but APT.
SOME HISTORY SNIPPETS OF GLENIFFER AND THE PROMISED LAND.
The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), Wednesday 2 July 1952.
Ah. There goes another ordinary day. A non-tormented day. A day with a sense of routine and belonging and regularity. Oh my.
I can’t tell you how good that feels. The local post office. The local shops. The local meeting. The local Museum. Sigh. I got 2 parcels today as well as sending one off to Granddaughter No 1. I now have a tartan scarf fresh from the Isle of Mull. My brother sent it to me.
A second ordinary day. How good is that ?
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.
Yesterday, we took a summery kind of drive South for the day to the Macleay River. More shots of the Macleay will be on SIXTYEYES2011VISION.
It got me thinking about Summertime and SWIMMING so I’m hunting through the TROVE for some light hearted summery humour from the past.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Wednesday 31 March 1954,
|Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954), Tuesday 20 July 1954,
|The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), Monday 1 August 1955,
|The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), Saturday 17 January 1948,
|The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933), Saturday 22 December 1928,
STAY PAST THE BOREDOM.
That’s what my brother told me years ago when I asked how he created the artworks he was making at that time.
YOU HAVE TO STAY PAST THE BOREDOM.
We are again having grey, misty, moisty days. Way into Spring. My familiar restless boredom is again upon me. I just bleached the towels and slept for hours in the afternoon. Boredom is upon me with the thin membrane lying between me and the next breakthrough. My life this year really fits the Terry Pratchett concept :
I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE DIFFERENT.
Nonetheless, I am staying PAST THE BOREDOM. In all areas for the moment. Because I am in doubt. Therefore I do NOTHING. Just wait a little longer. It would be nice if it were a case of not leaving 5 minutes before the miracle.Might be. Might not. I am just staying past the boredom.
Wonder what its been like at this time of the year, in other years.
BELLINGER RIVER LINKS
Illustrated Sydney News (NSW : 1853 – 1872), Saturday 3 January 1891
1891 ‘Notes and Sketches on the Bellinger River, N.S.W.’,Illustrated Sydney News (NSW : 1853 – 1872) http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63611959
Good Morning to you all. Now that I have been home almost a week, some of the semblances of comfort have resumed their usual positions in my life. The man I live with has gone to work. The daughter and the Cheery Redhead are to go to Singing in Bellingen and I have time to sit at the eBENCH quite early in the day and return to Yaaning rather than problem solving or quick posts. Today, Pearl from ABC POOL in Bellingen is coming to visit. She has baked a cake for me. We are going to talk about my memories of the BELLINGER RIVER. At the end of this month, the Inaugral BELLINGER RIVER FESTIVAL is to be held and people are gathering tales and pictures and whatever else they can.
Pearl rang me the other day to see whether I would like to talk with her and having said YES, I have come to the conclusion that I know very little about the River especially further up in the Bellingen area. I do a lot of scrounging through the old newspapers and a lot of googling and I have listened to many people over the years, but I don’t actually know a lot, myself.
Well, that’s how it seems to me right now. I do, however, know that History is often wiser when gathered in small pieces from various sources.
What is happening on the Bellinger River today will become part of its history tomorrow. Now, that’s a comforting thought.
REGATTAS ON THE BELLINGER.
|The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Friday 6 January 1911
||The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Monday 30 January 1922,