Category Archives: WILSON’S BOOK OF DAYS

14 FEBRUARY 2012 : VALENTINE’S DAY

VAL The Mail (Adelaide, SA  1912 - 1954), Saturday 13 February 1932,

THE YAAN : Greetings , Beloveds all over the World. I am not going near the  Personal, the Regretful or the Troubled today. I came across a mass of St Valentine’s Day stuff in the Trove this morning so I am going to go Historical instead.  Out here in Australia, we tend to blame St Valentine’s Day on the Americans but my readings this morning show that it was a big thing here in the late 1800s and then again at periods in the 20th Century. That’s what I’m digging up today. The Historical Viewpoint. I just plain enjoy the art and the wee stories.I shall put the first image in and then take a siesta. Back in a while.

Illustrated Australian News (Melbourne, Vic. : 1876 – 1889), Wednesday 22 February 1882,

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A COUNTRY VALENTINE : OUR LETTER BOXES ON VALENTINE’S DAY 2012.

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ST. VALENTINE’S DAY. (1883, February 14). The South Australian Advertiser
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article33756490

val ustralian Town and Country Journal (NSW  1870 - 1907), Saturday 14 February 1874
Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 – 1907), Saturday 21 February 1885,
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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71023853
The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 – 1954), Saturday 10 January 1914,
val The Mail (Adelaide, SA 1912 - 1954), Saturday 10 January 1914,
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59646390
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1938. Drinks for Valentine Party. (1938, February 11). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld.
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39753433
THE VALENTINE RETURNS. (1927, January 13). Western Mail(Perth,
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37998986
CAKES FOR VALENTINES DAY
The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), Wednesday 18 February 1959,

val The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), Wednesday 18 February 1959,
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51774741

LIFE & LETTERS. (1946, February 9). The West Australian(Perth, WA
ttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50324724
val Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW  1870 - 1907), Saturday 12 February 1887

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val sydney Illustrated Sydney News (NSW  1853 - 1872), Monday 7 February 1876

Illustrated Sydney News (NSW : 1853 – 1872), Monday 7 February 1876,

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REAL LOVE.

AND SONGS FROM AGEING LOVERS.

3 JANUARY 2012 : THE WHITE ROSE TRADING COMPANY : DROP OUT SOMETIME.

A LOT OF US WENT OUT FOR LUNCH IN THE LATE 60s BUT MOST OF US CAME BACK.

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SOME OF US DIDN’T COME BACK.

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THE YAAN : which will be blessedly brief today. You are the ones who will be blessed by my having aerated yesterday and not having so much to Yaan about today.  I came across the Video below about BLOODY HIPPIES and it turned my mind way back. I was in Australia not New Zealand but there are more similarities than differences. 

THE YAAN

http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan3.html

Pip tells me that J.R.R. TOLKIEN was born on 3 January. Way back in 1892.

It does not do to leave a dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.
JRR Tolkien, British writer of fantasy, born on January 3, 1892

Right then. Hang on while I seat myself comfortably here on the eBENCH and get my head into Yaaning space. I’m going for the 250 words today without Pics to support me.  The Pics can come later. I was responding to a comment on Facebook today about the sub tropical island in the middle of the river in the middle of our town, Bellingen. For many years, there was a caravan park and camping ground right beside it and under the big trees where the flying foxes live. Sometime, not long back, the Council decided to do away with the Caravan Park. ‘Cedars’ was its name. This is Red Cedar country. Sometimes it seems to me that our Council is actually deranged. Reason I am talking about the Cedars Caravan Park is that I first read Tolkien there. In a tent. With my Greek Lover. Lord of the Rings. That was 1972 and magic was entering my life. Magic and Mystery after a Sydney suburban childhood. I won’t speak today of the sinister and sorrowful offshoots. Just of the Magic of reading Tolkien under ancient trees beside a sub-tropical island and encountering the possibility of DROPPING OUT.  Not that I had a term for it back then. I think I was merely feeling the hint of hope that there may be a way to live other than the one I was doing so poorly at.

Funny thing was, my childhood was a loving time. A secure home and parents and brother and sister and cousins etc. I just never did it very well. And I hated the ROUTINE. Of bus and train and  school etc. Then I met Mr Tolkien.

I went back to Sydney for a short time to teach a little more school and live in a commune in Drummoyne. Then we took off for the FAR NORTH of QUEENSLAND and lived on 4 Mile beach at PORT DOUGLAS in a tent, sailed south on the UTIEKAH III and came to Urunga and Bellingen where we ( the Greek Lover, me , siblings and extensions) opened the WHITE ROSE TRADING COMPANY. The Caravan Park was in the same street that I just spent the IN BETWEEN week of 2011/2012 minding house and dog in.  40 years later and this time I spent it with Mr Rice Burroughs.  Its been an interesting few decades, all in all.

“THIS TIME, STAY DROPPED OUT, MUM.”  Kati B.

From Pip’s BOOK OF DAYS : 1945 Stephen Stills, US singer; vocals-guitar-keys (Buffalo Springfield) Crosby, Stills and Nash [and Young]; Manassas solo)

http://www.crosbystillsnash.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Stills

http://www.stephenstills.com/index-v10.html

 

THE 70s at a glimpse. scan0026

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http://luc.devroye.org/

From Walter Crowley’s “Rites of Passage” There is another legacy of the Sixties which is often neglected: tens of thousands of individuals who won the revolution at least in their own lives. They live within the system but they are not part of it. They organize their work and existences by their own rules, and have achieved a personal independence of thought, action and moral choice which does not require social sanction. They are free men and women and their examples might be the most subversive influences extant today.

I can’t find the WHITE ROSE TRADING COMPANY SCANS. I only have a few of them and they have only recently come into my possession and now I can’t find them. No Matter. Going out on the Birthday of Tolkien and Stills with an Altucherian Bang by showing you a couple of pics of DOWLE STREET, BELLINGEN as it is today. Still Magical and still Mysterious.

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2nd RUDIMENTARY DAY OF SUMMER

THE GEM COLLECTION JANUARY 2

http://www.2bbb.net.au/

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The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), Tuesday 16 January 1951,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23048310

sunburn The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.  1848 - 1956), Tuesday 16 January 1951,

THE YAAN : I didn’t say much about Summer in the previous post. I got hooked into the astrological side of 2012 and then the mega BOOK OF DAYS. Next thing, I was leaping from Southern Cliffs in the late 1890s with LAWRENCE HARGRAVE. It was the kite flight that got to me. And the people thinking he was mad to think he could fly.  What possessed Lawrence to leap from a cliff on the 2nd day of January, I wonder? Wonder how he felt, floating there for 14 seconds. A Summer’s day and a kite. Today would be good for kites. Wind and sun. Anyhows, I will be back with Summertime Snippets and more Photo Challenges about WINTER. First a Siesta ( I don’t think there is a specific Australian concept – hang on. There must be . An afternoon Snooze perhaps. ) Then the SUMMER/WINTER COMBO. 

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The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), Friday 19 January 1951,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23043859

sunburn The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.  1848 - 1956), Friday 19 January 1951,

5.28 pm. 24.7 degrees Celsius. Clear and Sunny.

I found a pic of myself on the last time I saw snow in lie-on-the-ground quantities. Its 1970 so things have changed greatly- for me – since then  I ’m using it while I hunt round the Blogs for the WINTER BLOGGERS.

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGERS

http://cadencies.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/weekly-photo-challenge-winter/

http://nylondaze.com/2012/01/01/weekly-photo-challenge-winter/

http://mairedubhtx.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/weekly-photo-challenge-winter/

http://badpanda22.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/weekly-photo-challenge-winter/

http://rutheh.com/2011/12/31/weekly-photo-challenge-winter/

http://thismansjourney.net/2011/12/31/weekly-photo-challenge-winter/

http://emotionalfitnesstraining.com/2011/12/30/weekly-photo-challenge-winter/

http://eof737.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/weekly-photo-challenge-winter-and-happy-new-year/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/weekly-photo-challenge-winter-365-day-32/

http://blackcatsramblings.info/weekly-photo-challenge-winter

http://moonsixpence.blogspot.com/2012/01/weekly-photo-challenge-winter.html

http://www.lucyswebdesigns.co.uk/blog/?p=2639

 

I haven’t chosen my favourite challenger for the week as yet and nor have I chosen my own entry in  the Challenge. I will be back.

Now- back to SUMMERTIME.  SUMMERTIMES PAST. BECAUSE THIS ONE IS RUDIMENTARY THUS FAR.

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The second 2012 day of our rudimentary Summer. The corral at our place in Raleigh.

1. Of or relating to basic facts or principles; elementary.

2. Being in the earliest stages of development; incipient.

3. Imperfectly or incompletely developed; embryonic

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/rudimentary

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PREPARATIONS FOR THE DEVELOPING SUMMERTIME. TAKEN ONCE MORE FROM THE TROVE. WHEN SUMMER DOES GET HERE, SHE WILL NOT CATCH ME UNPREPARED.

Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 – 1954), Thursday 29 December 1949
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article52711183
The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 – 1954), Friday 23 September 1949,
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47672207
summer Examiner (Launceston, Tas. 1900 - 1954), Thursday 29 December 1949, BEACH COAT The West Australian (Perth, WA 1879 - 1954), Friday 23 September 1949,
The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 – 1954), Wednesday 18 December 1946,
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article26374476
The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), Saturday 8 January 1949
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article46938724
BEACH HATS The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. 1860 - 1954), Wednesday 18 December 1946, SUMMER The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), Saturday 8 January 1949
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), Wednesday 2 January 1957,
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71774139
summer The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. 1848 - 1956), Wednesday 2 January 1957,

AND ON MY WAY TO BED : “Advertising.” The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982) 2 Nov 1940.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51184991

MOSThe Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), Saturday 2 November 1940