Category Archives: IZZY FOREAL

clouds overhead – the week behind

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Having shopped carefully in KOMBU and examined the edible streetscape, I headed back down Hyde Street and took a sharp left into the GELATO BAR where I ventured into the world of the BANANA SPLIT. I don’t recall ever having one before. I probably won’t have one again – but it was SPLENDID and there was an umbrella sitting right on top.

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Having recovered from the Split, I turned my attention to the rice grower who provides the KOMBU rice.

Kombu Wholefoods: A great article about the farmer who grows our rainfed rice. Invested in and built the mill himself – wishing him all the best.


I had been looking everywhere for Aussie Grown Rice after discovering that the seemingly familiar packaging of the once Aussie Rice actually contained NO homegrown and was all imported from strange and far off lands.

Birdwise this week, we have had the wee lorikeet who was left behind, kookaburras, butcher birds, blue wrens, finches, satinbirds, pigeons, wongas, car bird, one magpie and today – a kingfisher joined me for breakfast.

There also seems to be a catbird over in the bushes. It sounds like a cat anyways and I recall tales of them.

That explains a good bit. We have female satin bower birds and a couple who don’t look quite like them. Now I know that they are the Catbirds.





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kookaburra taking off

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I also took a walk out to the end of the extensions of the footbridge in Urunga

It gives easy access right out to the beach at the mouth of the river.

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It was a week of sunrises and full moon.

Cassandra Pom , newly returned from U.K., arrived on the XPT for vipassana at Bundagen.

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Finally, I find Bundagen.  I looked for it often when I taught at Repton School and didn’t find it. This time the path into there opened like the Mists of Avalon. In addition, Kati B was driving – not me and she doesn’t seem to get tempted by narrow side roads in the same way that I do. Its beautiful there.

We also had lunch at the Oceanview Hotel in Urunga. OVH we call it.

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Spring Equinox Full Moon.

Growers’ Markets this week.

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Bull at the gate.

The totem at Bundagen.

The 2 new cabins also went in at THE BELLINGER RIVER TOURIST PARK in Repton.


After all the years of being black haired and black bearded as a Zarsoff Brother, Izzy determined to let the dye grow out. He began that on the day he turned 60 in 2009 and last Tuesday was checking the progress of the ‘growing out ‘ . 


Let’s take a look at the week passed. The water fowl began to come up from the Dam and feed in the front paddock. Not sure what brought them up nor what it is they were eating.

Each week seems pretty much filled with experiences. Iz was up at Grafton doing the EMPORIUM Music Cafe and the shower blew a fuse and sprayed cold water for most of the night.

Nights began to cool down and the $50 heater was working most evenings. IMM and Kati B gave us a gas heater but I am still a little afraid of it.


Came across a gift for my Sister. I had been looking for something special to send to Sydney and found it down in the strip of shops down Hyde Street near Wunderland and the Church Op Shop. I forget the name but it has some beautiful things in it.

I sent it off from Urunga P.O. where we have a PO box. I like having a P.O. Box. Perhaps its because I move house rather a lot. Perhaps Its because I only check the mail when I wish – which is not often.

I think its because I still find a mystery in the P.O Box. I have seen behind them and I know there is little mystery but I do like opening that little black box and NOT knowing that the ordinary doings of the Post Office lurk behind it.


It was a good week for the Full Moon as well. From the Cottage, I have an unobstructed view East and West. Good moonrises and sunrises. Good moonsets and sunsets.



Last Saturday, visitors were down in North Bello from Tweed Heads. Actually from Bilambil Heights. I spent 4 years in Bilambil before coming back to Bello via Ulmarra.

Later that Night, Bello had music at Federal, Bello Bowlo, RSL Golf Club, Diggers and more. It was a full on misty, smokey night at that.

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Bellow Bowlo Federal Hotel

Sunday , Kati B called and we went to the gelato Bar for lunch. Good Choice, that was ! There was a Vintage Fashion fair down at the Memorial Hall but I wasn’t majorly impressed. Noticed that the Bogas, Servo now has a new sign – FUEL STOP. I like the Fuel Stop. Early mornings, an enterprising entrepreneur whose name , I think, is Sol sets up his coffee stall outside the Fuel Stop and sells a wide range of coffees. He has milk crates to sit on. That always impresses me.

Did you know that 6 milk crates make a base for a single bed and 12 make a base for a double bed. That’s a survival tip I picked up in earlier days from an English Lad in Bondi. First, nick your milk crate.


Chooks featured largely in this last week.  They took to ‘making themselves at home’. Much more at home than I like them to be.


Then came Winter. It looked pretty good for the first couple of days -  before the rains.  Little birds flew by and chatted now and then.

All manner of little birds.





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I eat at Cafes rather a lot. Its been a fine introduction to this life for the Little Lady. Tuesday, we ate pancakes at BLACK BEAR.

Monday, the Girls  and I picnicked at North Beach.

The store has new owners and major reconstruction work is underway.

Pretty place, North Beach, isn’t it ?

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The horses were neighing

The cattle were lowing

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Then the rains came

I ducked out to the Old Butter factory for lunch

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did a Norco run

Checked out the Tip

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Then, I tucked in for the duration. Radar on !

The water birds kept coming up from the Dam.

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and the dog despaired.

North Beach changed its appearance

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I just waited for the rains to stop and the Blue Bird of H to come back: which he did

Then I was back in town for lunch at Gelato again. New Energy Festival is on this weekend and the Free Market. Gumboots might be a good idea, so said 2BBB this morning.

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and home to the cottage below the Misted Mountains

The Family was glad to see me Home.

Iz and John  Turbill are rehearsing in the Music Room for the Coffs Jetty Markets this Sunday.









The Autumn continues fine and sunny with lengthening shadows and soft light. Burning off is bringing smoke in over the hills. I don’t even know what ‘ the hills’ are called which is very remiss of me. I shall look it up on the Funk n Wagnall. Ah it is the Dorrigo Ranges. I shall get a good topographic map and really study it.

The chooks are laying here and along with Kati B’s pesto and the Growers’ Market vegies plus Dorrigo bread from the North beach Store, our diets are looking up. Add my home made yoghurt and life is even better.

Mandarins are coming on now which I’m glad of due to my love of Summer Fruits. There is an annual dropdown for me between the Summer and the Citrus.



Pip Wilson

Some such photos are welcome at the Rainbow Archives, which we started 1985 at Sydney’s Mitchell Library. World’s largest repository of alternative Australiana. They pay freight & copying charges. Paul Brunton ([02] 9273 1504) is the bloke to speak to if you’ll share what u have. Tell him Pip sent you. Kindly spread the word.

I lifted this message from Izzy Foreal’s Facebook page. What better place than Bello to look for alternative Australiana.

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1966 : Belmore, Sydney. With kissable strawberry lipstick and Len Bennett. On the edge of the drop out.
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Trying to drop out with Chris Murray in 1969 at a Balmain Teachers’ College Dance.  

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In tie dye – 1972.


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AND THE COLOUR CAME ON. With Tony Bahles in 1973. Communes in Drummoyne Avenue, A year in a tent at Port Douglas and Bellingen here we are.  White Rose Trading Company, Morgo Street, Urunga.


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Wise marriage to local lad.



21st Century – back to Bassics.



The BARDS OF BELLO night at Guru Foods was a pleasure. I read in Pip Wilson’s Facebook Comments, that Marti Guy has been emceeing and organising it since it started. Seems she also places the ad in the COURIER-SUN each month as well, at her own expense.

Its on the last Friday of each month. As stated previously, the April Bards were at GURU FOODS.  Free admission. Suited us well. I had my frappe drink with ginger and assorted other goodies. Amy makes the desserts as well as handling the cooking and this week the choice was Banana and Honey cake or peach and cardammon cheesecake.

The Bards covered a wide range of moods, genres and tastes. I haven’t been to a poetry reading since U.Q. (University of Queensland) for Izzy’s farewell from AUSTLIT and that’s a few years back now.  Iz wore his maroon beret from ULMARRA which he wears for MCing. The next night he wore it to the JAZZ at the RSL GOLF CLUB where he was asked to remove it. Forgot it was an RSL Club. I thought they were also supposed to observe a silence in the evening but that didn’t happen and there was some pretty heavy language from one member of the band. Ah well.


I had to leave earlier than I would have liked due to fatigue, but as I was leaving, Craig was showing some of his preparation for a World Challenge in Nimbin. Marti was standing at the door listening carefully. I shall follow up on the details.

I have seen this building which houses GURU FOODS, in many guises over the years. I think Mark St Leon was there at one time and there was definitely Italian. I have forgotten the main name I knew it by which seems silly. I wonder if anyone out there can  fill in the very large gaps for me.

When I started to come to visit KatiB and IMM  a couple of years back, Mel and Woodsy had it – with circus gear and all manner of exciting stock.

Now, the Girls are doing an excellent job of honouring the Ethos.


The Autumn Mornings this year are clear and cool. Last year was the Year of the Floods – but this year is exquisite. The mists rise each morning from the paddocks out front and its crisp and cold. I have rarely enjoyed Autumns and realised this week that it is because I have always feared the  winter.

2010 – and I have determined to simply enjoy these lovely days as they are. The shadows are long and the dew is on the grass.



When I was away on the 2 week round trip to all children and grandchildren, I took  video of the trip down the DORRIGO MOUNTAIN to Bellingen. That was for the SAVE BELLO HOSPITAL Facebook Page. Having recovered from many years of phobia re driving up and down the Mountain, it was interesting. The quality is dodgy as and I have only just discovered Windows Live Movie Maker so Bear with it.


This week I took a drive through the Hospital Grounds at Bellingen and was shocked. The building above is just some sort of demountable and there is a whole batch of them. Shoddy ! 

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Once it looked like this ! Margaret Glyde has sent SBH a lot of pics from the Past. Where did the elegance and aesthetics go to im 2010 ? The wrought iron went to someone’s house. They contacted us. At least its not taken for granted.

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Pip Wilson posted these images of the BRDH grounds and that was only a few years back. Beautiful grounds, well kept and a fine legacy from Dr Hewitt.   They didn’t look like this yesterday. The Bellingen Health Action Group  is organising something for the Gardens. I shall put their site up here.


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Izzy has now completed the move from the Clarence to the Bellinger.  That’s two big moves in one year. The last few years have seen him involved in the Blues, some Jazz and then Country Music. They have included a lot of MCing. Now, he’s taking time to re-define his direction.

Never one to stand in cement for long, he is pulling his feet out of the mud , setting up office and studio and FOREAL ENTERPRISES is well underway to being once again ENTERPRISING !


Izzy joined Billy White and the DELTA AMPS at PACIFIC BAY RESORT in COFFS HARBOUR  and has been approached by the beautiful Claudia who is a fine cellist. He has two of the Bellingen Lads in Mind for some local gigging.

This time he is truly TAKING HIS TIME. There is a story to be written and ideas are forming. Bear with us !