Category Archives: LOVED ONES

MOTHERS’ DAY

I once thought I could avoid the memorable days of the Society and Culture within which I find myself. Many of us who came north to Bello in the early 70s seem to have thought the same way and we were not alone.

As years have passed, I find it suits me better to find my own way into being a part of days like Mothers’ Day. Traditions  develop for reasons – in the same way that ‘ monks know things’.

This Mothers’ Day has several aspects to it for me. Its the first one I have spent in the Valley since my own Mother died in 2001, just before 9/11. It is the first Mothers’ Day for my daughter with her own baby. I am grandmother to 3 little girls and there is a serious illness in one of the closest women to me in my family.

I am taking a quiet M.D. at the Workers’ Cottage and ‘thinking’.

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2 months into unpacking the Motley Collection, I have  some things out ready to be placed. The babuschkas were my mother’s. I have Devonware to celebrate the Sanders’ legacy from Silverton and Tiverton and Kenton. A wee pink baby that was on my own 50th birthday cake. My great grandmother’s vase. Wild  Geese which an I Ching reader in a Nimbin garage promised me and which my sister gave me. I have my GCountry bowl from Ulmarra from the Hegedus Family. A surfboard from Ian of Rainbow Bay and 2 angels.  Kerry from Kyogle gave me the jug and basin set in Murwillumbah. Some of the bits and pieces which make “me”.

 

Buddhist practice includes this notion that we have all been born many times before and that we have all been each other’s mothers and fathers and children. Therefore, we should treat each person we encounter as if they are our beloved. As we inquire into the heart of service, we see a pattern: common to all habits that hinder us in our work is a sense of separateness; and common to all those moments and actions that truly seem to serve is the experience of unity. Einstein wrote about this, and Sogyal Rinpoche quotes it on page 98 of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying:

ZEN HOSPICE PROJECT

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The Showground provides the Autumn Leaves which I don’t often see. Yesterday, the Grounds looked truly ready for the Show Next Week. Caroline Joseph was happy with them.

Breakfast at Growers’ Market is highly recommended- by me.

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MEANDERING ON A THURSDAY MORNING.

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FLAME TREE FEST IN GRAFTON

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BULL RALEIGH

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Today could be a big day for us. It holds promise of bright things. The Charade  might well be ready for rego and able to come home and Izzy is off to the Education Campus in Coffs for adventures of his own. Leaves me meandering around in my own head and Elements External Hard Drive where the Fotos are stored. It leaves me also with the Net and time to meander.

I have now found the Maps App for WordPress so I can show you where the Bellinger is.

Urunga is known as the town where the rivers meet the sea. The Kalang on the South joins the Bellinger from the North and they flow out to the Pacific Ocean with North Beach on one side and Urunga on the other. I shall endeavour to get into the historical societies and clarify my versions of the history of this area.

 

 

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SUNNY THURSDAY IN APRIL

FLOODS OF 2009

ULMARRA UP ON THE CLARENCE

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In 1981, on this day, my son was born. He is a fine young man now with a family of his own.  Happy Birthday, Son.
Here in Raleigh, its a sunny day with only white puffed clouds. For me, that’s a relief from the rains and grey clouds. I have washing to hang and hair to wash.

The Willie Wagtails are on the porch and King Parrots in the trees. I have a sister. She loves birds and takes very beautiful photographs of them. Below is a Jabiru.

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Her husband recognises more bird calls than anyone else I know.

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I was in Urunga a couple of nights ago. After dark and in the rain. The lights were on in the Chemist and I was standing watching the poster of Inner Health. I couldn’t work out whether the little blue furry people were the goodies or the baddies. My family could do with a lot of the Goodies at the moment.

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RALEIGH VALLEY

A wee dog is visiting at the Main House. She seems happy but our own big old dog is over here paying a visit and keeping well away from the Intruder.

Skies are blue today. The aforementioned hair is washed and the washing is brought in. I am taking a home day. Taking a few in fact due to the Charade being in Repair Shop and Izzy going to Grafton for some gigs.

I am going to take some Eremitic Time. Just need to bring in a little more food and all will be well. We are now established here as far as phones and internet. We have been in residence since 12 March 2010.

On the weekend, we brunched at ANCHOR’S WHARF. It was once a boatshed called DO ME. I liked DO ME. Its down under the Urunga Road Bridge. In town now, we take coffee at the BOARDWALK CAFE.063

The memories I have of former days include other Cafes. And little general stores. When we came on holidays as teenagers, I liked to get up early and sneak out of the holiday flat and come down to the Cafe for a milkshake. I had less access to cafes in the suburb of Sydney where we lived. So, in the middle of holidays, I would be sitting there feeling very grownup and free to move about.

The Cafe back then in the 1960s had BOOTHS. Classic Cafe Booths. A good deal of boy/girl contact  took place in the Cafe as well.

In 2010, the Boardwalk plays host to Urunga Coffee afficionados and I suspect also to the boy/girl dynamic.