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23 AUGUST 2011 : ESTAP: The condition or a time of having developed flowers: The azaleas were in full flower.

THE ROSES THAT MY BROTHER AND SISTER GAVE ME FOR MY 60th BIRTHDAY IN OCTOBER 2009.

FROM BENEFIELD’S ROSE FARM

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3. The condition or a time of having developed flowers: e.g.The azaleas were in full flower.

Azaleas have had significance in Bellingen. Years back we had a festival here and it was known as the Azalea Festival. We had it in Springtime and Floats went down the street. I am agitating lightly for the return of the Azalea Festival. I think that even some of the Incomer Nouveaus might enjoy it. WE had Azalea Princesses and marching bands. Bellingen has become a little remote from the simple magic of the Festival.  Murwillumbah , up North, has reactivated its Sugar and Banana Festival. Time to bring back the Azalea Festival to the Main Street of Bello. I think I have only one photo of azaleas amongst my collection and that was a bush in Ulmarra. I don’t actually like them much because they are unperfumed but they look good en masse. I have NO pics of the Festival and haven’t as yet been able to locate one online. Best put an azalea pic up anyways. It won’t be mine but there might be someone who isn’t familiar with them. I don’t know how Bellingen’s azaleas are looking this year. We are Soooo waterlogged and I don’t think that’s going to bring them to full flower.  One of my early memories of Bellingen is of jasmine in the springtime. I was camped in a tent by the Tropical Island in the middle of the river, reading Lord of the Rings by lamplight and the perfume brought a magic into my life that wasn’t part of my Belmore World in Sydney.

Now for an image of an azalea.

http://www.davidsonsnurseries.com.au/historyculture1.html

Aha ! Thanks to Pip Wilson once more. http://wilsonsalmanac.blogspot.com/2009/09/bellingen-community-fest-lost-to.html

FROM 2009 WILSON’S BLOGMANAC

Bellingen is called, or used to be called, the Azalea Town and all the flowers are coming out in full bloom around town. Our climate and slightly acidic but fertile soil are perfect for azaleas, that queen of flowers. Sadly, the Azalea Festival isn’t held any more, with its parade of colourful floats in the main street and a plethora of community activities. This tradition, held each year around September 15, encouraged fun and community participation at no charge, and the town looked fantastic as almost everyone had azaleas in their gardens, with the show of whites, pinks and reds a feast for the eye.
Sadly, it has recently gone, and the only festivals now are specifically genre music ones, commercial ventures charging very high entry fees. The next such festival is in October, and entry for an adult is an incredible $230 (for three days), beyond the pockets of all but the well-heeled. The owners of the festival require visitors to wear wristbands — shades of authoritarianism, unnecessary and very unaustralian.
I would love to see the not-for-profit Azalea Festival reinstated, and from what I can gather, so would many other Bellingenites. Not a festival that focuses on one or more types of music at high prices, but one that celebrates the community and a wide variety of aspects of culture and arts, designed for community, and pride in community, not for private profit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellingen,_New_South_Wales

CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL BATHER

http://www.bellingen.nsw.gov.au/files/21603/File/Church_Street_Upgrade_Active_-_01.pdf

http://www.nambuccaheadsrotaryclub.com.au/about/history

http://www.bellingengolfclub.com.au/Newsletter/pdf/12aug11.pdf

in GOOGLE BOOKS

http://www.bellingenplaybacktheatre.asn.au/archives.htm

AND FROM THE SCRIPTURE UNION IN 2010.

September 2010
Once again thank you for your great letters it is so great to know we all belong to such a
wonderful organization of members worldwide.  We had Back to Church Sunday today
but not many were able to come due to other things happening like rowing in the river
each week as they go in the races for Breast Cancer, most people in the boat have been
able to survive, do they have these boat races over there?  Others had to go to other
towns to baby sit their grandchildren, but nevertheless we had a good service.
Our minister the Reverend Stephen Davis is just back from his 10 week long service
leave and holidays.  He’s 6ft 3in tall and rides a motor bike, his wife Leeola also rode a
bike but just before their holidays they sold both their cars and bikes and bought a bike
with a side car and a utility to pull their caravan for their holidays.  We had a very busy
day in Bellingen on the 21st August.  We have had a Jazz Festival in Bellingen for the
last 20 years, over this weekend 20th, 21st and 22nd where we get thousands coming.  
Years ago we used to have some of the performers staying but not the last few years.   
As I might have told you before we have markets in the Park every 3rd weekend with
up to 250 stalls there with all kinds of things.  This year was also Federal Elections
where it has only just been sorted out.  Also we had a stall in the grounds as the
elections were held in our hall, we did very well at that, it was hard to get anywhere
that day. For many years the Rotary Club held a garden competition the Azalea Festival
this week, and after a wet winter and a dry August the Azaleas all around town are
absolutely outstanding.

http://www.parishofaberavon.org/downloads/January2011%20-.pdf

http://earthrisediaries.blogspot.com/

A FLORAL RAMBLING OF MY OWN

A WEE YAAN

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Another wet day here. Leo is soaked. Me and Leo are doing one of our looking at  each other mornings but in an half hour, I am going to Bellingen to meet the Girls at the Black Bear Café for cake. Celebrating one niece’s birthday and the other one landing a public servant job.

In the meantime, I shall take a floral ramble through my pics. The one on the left is a BIRD OF PARADISE from the ILNAM WINERY up on the TWEED RIVER at CAROOL. 2009.

 

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Another 2009 shot from ILNAM WINERY. There is not a flower in sight except for the SKIRT. That is the NANA skirt. Beloved of my grandchildren. Its one of my rare colourful garments and its FLORAL. The kids love it. That’s GEORDIE LEACH and me having ice cream cake . I always kind of liked Geordie. He has the element of the gentleman to him.

 

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Up there on the Tweed, I lived on the hilltop of Blambil and tropical flowers bloomed. I like hibiscus. And frangipani.

There seem to be very few photos of flowers in my albums. I might have to use some of the MOB’s Pics and my sister’s.

 

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The Girl Guide’s Hall in Currumbin ( just over the border into Queensland) was painted vividly. There’s a bird of paradise amongst the local animals.

I am so hungry for VIVIDNESS. Its so grey and so damp and so cool – and I long to wear flowers in my hair again and wrap up in sarongs.

BACK FROM BREKKIE IN BELLINGEN.

READY TO RAMBLE THROUGH MORE FLOWER PICTURES.

 
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The daisies aren’t my shot. They’re from Kati B and IMM and taken out the back of Bello.

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Years back, a young woman embroidered this tapestry for me. We parted ways and she has gone to live in Kyogle.  Nonetheless it’s a fine memory.

 

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A vase of roses in my cottage in Bilambil.

Joanne on her mobile phone near my roses.

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I tend to have floral bedding . Roses, once again. In 2006, the 1 in 1000 year storm hit Bilambil and washed down the retaining wall behind the Cottage and flooded my bedroom. The Floral Bedding did very little to help in that situation but I don’t blame the flowers for that.

More daisies. This time from Nicci’s garden in Murwillumbah.

 

A LITTLE FURTHER NORTH EACH YEAR

I thought that’s what I would. I was up there on the Border for a few years and now I am a little further South once more. We will see what happens next. Bare feet and brown skin and salt in the hair.

AUGUST 18 2011: 6. ENTRANCE : Nautical The immersed part of a ship’s hull forward of the middle body.

6. Nautical The immersed part of a ship’s hull forward of the middle body.

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SHIPS AT PORTSMOUTH.

MOST OF MY ANCESTORS SAILED OUT HERE. IN THE 19TH CENTURY. MAYBE THEY KNEW PRECISELY WHAT THE ‘ENTRANCE’ OF THE SHIP WAS. AND MAYBE NOT – DUE TO BEING CONVICTS AND ASSISTED EMIGRANTS.

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I have no idea what this definition means. I found a site “Dictionary of Ship Hydrodynamics” but I still don’t know what it means, precisely.

Entrance, length of, (LE): the portion ex-tending from the maximum area section, or from the fore end of the parallel middle-body, to the forward extremity of the under-water body.

It seems the least interesting aspect of ENTRANCES so far but that can’t quite be correct because ships are intriguing and so are oceans and seas and voyages. I shall see what more comes up and allow myself to explore ships in general- specially the ships of the 18-19 and early 20 Century.

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I have found a few other uses for the word ENTRANCE in association with ships and other affairs nautical.

Gangway
The entrance through which you can pass when boarding a vessel

http://www.seacloud.com/en/popups/nautical-terms.html

Breakerwater: wall built (1) to break the force of the sea to form a harbour, or (2) to confine a river entrance to maximise scour effect and reduce sandbank formation in the entrance.

Chops: the area where a channel meets the sea or tides converge to create an irregular sea. The “Chops of the Channel” was the western entrance of the English Channel (when approaching from the Atlantic).

http://library.mq.edu.au/digital/lema/glossaries/nautical.html

http://www.seatalk.info/cgi-bin/nautical-marine-sailing-dictionary/db.cgi?db=db&view_records=1&uid=default&Term=bar

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NAUTICAL AUSSIE SITES

http://www.heritage.nsw.gov.au/maritime/wrk_dunbar.htm

 

http://www.abc.net.au/backyard/shipwrecks/nsw/dunbar.htm

 

http://www.manninghistorical.org/P&E5.htm

 

http://www.navyhistory.org.au/the-battle-for-the-boom/

 

LIGHTHOUSES

http://www.lighthouse.net.au/lights/index.asp

 

MAIN RIVERS OF NEW SOUTH WALES

 

MAP NSW 1896

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AND MAPS OF NSW WATERWAYS.

http://www.mckaymarine.com.au/aussie_waterways_maps.htm

 

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Rosedale ship

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?q=BELLINGER+SHIP

I fully give up on identifying the ENTRANCE as a body part of a ship and end up turning my attention to the river entrances of the Coast of NSW.  From 1770 onwards, ships were sailing across the world looking for the ENTRANCES to the Coast down here. The Entrances were mainly into the Rivers and they were narrow and dangerous and variable. The History of  NSW intrigues me. My Nana and Poppa Bell travelled up the Coast on the last of the Ships to do that route. By then, in the 20th Century, the ships were steamers and things were different – but I did want to travel like them. Trouble was, the ENTRANCES. It wasn’t that easy to find a river and then enter. The roads and the railway took over. There is magic in the River Mouths.

 

14 AUGUST 2011 : ESTAP : THE MATTRESS

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We have just had a storm here and Leo, the horse, is still a little flighty from the after effects. I am hoping it has washed away the urge to weep which has been on me for 3-4 days.

I was having quiet an enjoyable day. I went to meetings last night and this morning. Got a cake last night and sat quietly and had a soothing couple of hours this morning. I went into Urunga and checked the Post Office Box. I don’t often check it. I don’t get much mail in hardcopy. Today I got my membership card for the NORTH BEACH BOWLING CLUB.  It’s a good looking card at that. I get my pizza from there. Surfside Pizzas. Gourmet.

Now, on the way home we headed to the RALEIGH TIP. Its not called that anymore. Its called a RECYCLING CENTRE. Maybe its not even called that anymore. Anyways, w3e were taking a VERY old mattress there. Down we went past the Eco Shop with the intention of throwing it into the large skip. I caught a glimpse of the suspicious looks in the eyes of the Guardians of the Tip and with memories of Arlo Guthrie’s ALICE’S RESTAURANT in mind, we decided to stop and ask permission.  That’s when I found out that I wouldn’t be dumping the antique mattress at the Raleigh Tip after all.  It would cost $16 to put it there and then they would send it on a truck to Sydney ( that’s 600kms ) where it would be disposed of. Humanely, I hope.  Lets throw in the fuel, the truck, the dangerous road, the city pollution and it seems a long way round to a nearby end to me.

HANDYBIN:  These are our particular fiends. Doesn’t anyone ask WHERE the recycling is being done? How the waste gets to that place? Who is profiting by it?

It would take a lot of mattresses being destroyed at our little local tip before we equalled the damage of a large truck travelling our lethal Pacific Highway to a LARGE waste disposal place to be burned or cut up. Not so long ago, it was done local, stayed local and where there was profit and employment, that was local as well.

http://www.coffscoastwaste.com.au/news/

Everything falls apart, even mattresses. Springs will lose their springiness. Stuffing will get knocked out. Grape juice stains might come into play. Adjustable beds will become less so. This is old-fashioned mattress-style entropy.

According to a chiropractic website, a mattress should last about ten years. That’s the same lifespan as a pet rabbit. You can buy a rabbit and a mattress at the same time and when the rabbit dies, you’ll know that it is time for a new mattress

http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/recycle-matress.html

http://womantribune.com/donate-recycle-mattress

The world gone mad. http://www.emrc.org.au/mattress-recycling.html

http://aussiearmy.org/getting-rid-of-an-old-mattress/

 

And at the end of Mattress Sunday, I am home and the Mattress is home too. One of the other Odd things was – It was going to cost us $16 to leave it at the tip because we brought it in our Starwagon. If we had brought it on a trailer – it would only cost $13.  And I thought Monty Python was make-believe. 

Take it home, said the Tip Guardians. Burn it at home. Or Cut it up. They said they will take the steel for free. Wow!

I have heard some interesting things on Facebook since then :

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So: I can’t dump an old mattress at Raleigh tip any more, unless I pay about $16, because it has to be put on a truck and taken to Sydney to be recycled (the cost would be $13 if I didn’t bring it in the back of my van, for some strange reason …). Someone help me justify the carbon price of that little truck trip; my logic circuits are about to reach meltdown.

  • Keltic Ken Governmental bureaucracy has no logic…..

  • Michael W: O_o
    Logic has nothing to do with, it’s a symptom of our three year political cycles…all we get is bandaid “fixes” because no-one wants to bring in policies that will be unpopular in the short term that will bring a positive outcome that some-one else may claim credit for… Then we get Comrade Gillard who is going to push Comrade Bob’s carbon tax which is unpopular in the short term and not create a positive long term outcome either!
    >_<
    Logic?!

  • Lynne Sanders-Braithwaite That’s a 553 kilometre trip. 7 hours. To take a mattress from a country tip where it ain’t causing much harm to a city. Duh.

  • Garry L: When we were kids our parents always said if we were really dumb, stupid and completely useless, we could always get a job as a clerk in the public service. Bureaucrats are just clerks with delusions of grandeur….there’s your answer…

  • Robert D:  tip for ya Izzy , i worked in the tip for 2 years and we used to strip the mattresses , just run a stanley knife around the middle , take the outer cover off , underneath you’ll find a layer of coconut fibre , which makes fantastic weed mat . and the tip will take the spring base for free as it goes in the steel pile for recycling !!!! the outer cover should easily fit in your otto bin , there ya go , saved ya $16 !!!!

  • Lynne Sanders-Braithwaite Cheque is on its way TO YOU, Robert D ! Good Man.

  • Izzy Foreal Thanks Robert – the people at the tip said I should go home and burn it, then bring the steel back, but I like what you have to say.

  • Robert D. wow , good advise from the people who are supposed to be looking after the environment managing waste , i bet it is run by council , sheltered workshop rejects . burning the cover will to wonders for the ozone layer , not to mention giving the neighbor’s washing a lovely toxic scent ……..lol

  • Michael W. Another example of: Care factor = accountability….
    ZERO!

  • A.W.  it cost me $45 to have a double mattress and base picked up and disposed of by my ‘street-sweepin’ council…. they were crushed in the compactor!