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THE SUMMER OF 2010–2011 IN THE BELLINGEN SHIRE.

Nellibellingen’s Summer.

A lot more was going on in Bello than I was involved in but I can only see what I can see so lets take a look.

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I travelled South to Port Macquarie to visit with my family.  That was about 1 1/2 – 2 hours and spanned  4 decades of my life.

Went to Navin’s Auto repairs for some work before Christmas. That’s on the Pacific Highway on the edge of Urunga. Northern Side. They have treated me VERY well. Not bad with the vehicles either.

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Down at Urunga, they built a new playground for bigger kids. Just outside the Library it is.

We had a family Christmas ahead of us as well as the first Santa photos for the Baby. Gifts and flowers. Santa photos from Toormina Gardens were the A1 BEST with Photoshopping for the unwilling child.

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And the lorikeets came visiting. Lots of lorikeets.

While at Fernmount, the old farmhouse was cut in two and prepared for removal.

THAT WAS DECEMBER 2010 THAT WAS.

AND NOW FOR JANUARY 2011.
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2011 came blazing in with wonderful sunrises. My cottage looks to the sunrises so it does. And the moonrises.

Baby turned one. Family came to visit from up on the Tablelands and we did a bit of walking around North Bellingen as well as doing the growers’ Markets.

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Markets were held at North Beach just beside the Bowlo. And at home the Kookaburras came. We had horses in the paddocks and cattle down below.
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It was a good month for Gleniffer swims, out in the Promised Land. Cool clear water. Fresh and fast flowing with all the rains of 2010.

The lorikeets matured and increased in numbers. They also became tamer and friendlier. Then along came February.

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We visited the Cafes in Church Street where the council is removing the magnificent camphor laurels and planning a ‘precinct’. Modern Urban, I think they call it.

Took a shot of some typical Bello letterboxes as well. I like the Country !

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February was a month of heartbreak for us with the loss of Susan , my sister.

I spent some time on Bello streets in the heat. Kind of wrapped up one very strange summertime.

O WHAT A PERFECT DAY

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THIS MORNING AT RALEIGH WITHOUT A FOX IN SIGHT.

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SUNRISE 23 SEPTEMBER 2010 AT RALEIGH
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THE WEE LORIKEET OUT ON THE FOOTBRIDGE IN URUNGA

Spring days at last. I do a lot better in Spring. The sun rises more brightly. The birds are more colourful. The footbridge extensions grow nearer to completion.  The new cabins go in at BELLINGER RIVER TOURIST PARK. There is Vispassana at Bundagen and the little children are playing at the Mobile Playgroup.

Its the Spring Equinox and a full moon as well. AQUARIUS PAPERS.

 

FROM THE BELLINGER RIVER TOURIST PARK

The first ever ensuite cabin at the Bellinger River Tourist Park… I have just had a climb up and stood on the deck – the views are gorgeous!

REPTON CABNS

FRIDAY NIGHT

SKIES OVER RALEIGH THIS WEEK.

RALEIGH SEPT 17 2010

 

Good looking world this week. A little cool still. Just heard from Stacey Hearps-Johnson in Melbourne ( former Urunga girl) and she says its chilly there as well and she, like me, is staying in  tonight.

I am using WILLYWEATHER as my main source of weather tracking because I LIKE them.  It tells me its a high tide just now ( 1.4m) and 13 degrees C.  Today’s range 9-20 degrees C.

SUNRISE RALEIGH SEPT 2010

I have spoken to a few people about the fox and the fireflies and the sunset last night.

The fireflies come in the first part of September, if conditions are right and they have been this year.

Noone has seen a fox  come so close to the house and take a chook in daylight. The MOB think it might not have noticed me till too late. Out at Brierfield its 25 years since the O.G. had one in her henouse and that was at night and not with people about.

As for last night’s sunset, people were well pleased. it was a stunner.

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I have been up for sunrises most of the week too which is not a common occurrence. I don’t care for rushing into my days – nor out of them.

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There was a double rainbow as well. Out front. It appeared to land in my own front paddock which opened up a lot of end of the rainbow thinking for me.

I am still looking for local info about RAINBOWS in the Shire but I haven’t found anything yet despite being  very close to the Rainbow Region of N.S.W.

http://www.villagejournal.org.au/home.php 

http://eo.ucar.edu/rainbows/

 

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William Street is preparing for Jacarandas to bloom. Well, the Jacarandas are preparing. The valley is blossoming. Azaleas are rampant.  Magnolias and many more plants whose names I don’t know.

William Street has some fine  old homes and within a month the purple flowers ‘should’ be everywhere.

Last year, I was in Ulmarra and Grafton for the Jacaranda Festival.

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WILLIAM STREET, BELLINGEN.

SOME ODDMENTS.

THE YOUTH HUB,

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HEALING CENTRE WILLIAM STREET.

Bellingen also has SEEDSAVERS. I didn’t know about that till the SPRING PLANT FAIR last week.

http://www.ecobello.org.au/

We bought some seeds and acquired some free aloe vera plants as well.

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The Little Dog has suffered the indignity of the SUMMER SHAVE. They have left his head with a ‘mane’ but the rest of him is a no. 4.

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COLD IN SPRING

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Best do a little thinking. i was up early this morning, before dawn. to catch the sunrise. Took a walk out onto the front verandah and next moment a fox flies past, seizes a chook and takes off with her into the front paddock.  A startling way of starting a day.

The Big House tells me there is a lot more mess in the henhouse. I haven’t seen a fox that cheeky before.

 

 

 

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I’m back in my grandparents’ garden
gathering almond husks to throw at the chooks.

Jan Owen also writes of the fireflies. Fireflies in other places.

Jan Owen: Poems 1980-2008 

I choose the spirit green of fireflies,

drifting afterthoughts at the river’s edge,
ghost shuttles, elf breath, nimbus of limbo.

Think of a light left on past any hope of return,
oblivion underwriting desire;

they are heart space from the void,
round trips shifting the dark

with the simplest argument,
I shine therefore I am.

Such crosslife clues for stars,
these perfect strangers do no harm.

http://www.australianpoetryreview.com.au/0808owen.htm

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As for me,I have fireflies here in Raleigh this week. I haven’t seen them before. Neither the fireflies or the fox on the porch.  Not here in the Bellinger. My DIL tells me we saw them in the cave up at Natural Bridge in Numimbah valley in Queensland, but I have never seen them “at home”. This week, I heard a voice at the front, just after dusk, and the Canadian Neighbour called us out because the fireflies were coming up from the bush. He also told us that the Lemonades are still on the trees and to go pick any that we wanted. I like lemonade squeezed into water. The fireflies took me aback and they did so again last night. Right up to the house they come , flashing and dancing all about me.

LAST NIGHT OF WINTER

IN THE WORKERS’ COTTAGE AT RALEIGH.

DSCF0724 Sitting about with our laptops, thinking and talking. I do like Internet. Facebook exchanges covering the world and roaming researches into many things.  It started tonight with a GNOME and has involved a Devon Reader, people from North and South of here and ventures into Bellingen Alternative accommodations. 

http://www.bellingen.com/homeland/links.html

http://www.rent-a-home.com.au/accommodation/NSW/BELLINGEN_accommodation.html

Steven Guy who has become a very dear virtual friend, has written a rock opera : take a look

http://www.stevenguy.biz/page3.html

Steven Guy Bad Dream – rock opera, you know you heard it hear first. I just made a submission deadline for new musicals. Fingers crossed and maybe this sucker might fly. Excuse me but after almost all day banging away at the computer I am going to have a glass of red wine and try to remember how to blink !!
I feel good !

DSCF0608 We could get the BELLINGEN HIGH SCHOOL’S Band to play the Opera for him.  And we are sitting here with the heater on and the black cat asleep  on the horsehair chair and chatting on Facebook with more and more people about the gnomes.  Izzy has tackled the NATIONAL LIBRARY AUSTRALI’S HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS ON LINE and there is a lot more about GNOMES in the Australian Culture than I would have expected.

And then there is the AUSTRALIAN GNOME CONVENTION.

Follow these links to GNOME poems and stories.

http://newspapers.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/search?searchTerm=gnome

GNOME ON THE RANGE

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954), Saturday 17 August 1946, page 3

YOUNGSTERSThe Argus aturday 8 April 1933, page 5

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954), Saturday 8 April 1933, page 5

The night passes and the info on gnomes begins to wear me down. I have come across and ADVENT OF SPRING PICTURE.  Lets put her up ready for tomorrow.

ADVENT OF SPRING The Argus Saturday 15 October 1932, page 8

ADVENT OF SPRING The Argus Saturday 15 October 1932, page 8

And so – to sleep. There have been hints of better things to come. Hints of Hope.

THE LAST DAY OF WINTER 2010

DSCF1351 Tomorrow it will be Spring. The Jabiru has been down at the dam and there is a hint of bush smoke in the air. Kombu the Organic Food Shop in Bellingen has expanded.

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GIFTS FROM SYDNEY GRUBBY DOG XPT TRIP SOUTH

XPT TRIP SOUTH

I took the train south as planned and I enjoyed it. 8 1/2 hours  from Urunga to Sydney Central.  I took shots of almost every station on the way and much of the countryside.  First Class didn’t seem greatly different from Economy. We were segregated and no Economies were allowed into our Sanctum. I think that’s in order to keep them thinking that there actually is some elusive Class One filled with wonders and elite service. If they were allowed in – they would KNOW.

THERE IS NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE.

DSCF0992 Brunch was pretty good and so were the snacks but LUNCH was a little dodgy. CANNELONI RICOTTA AND SPINACH. I wasn’t foolish enough to consider doubling up on that one. I was given a blue COUNTRYLINK carrybag for my meals. I don’t know whether or not Economy has them or whether they are restricted to FIRST CLASS. I have personally only ever had cardboard foldable on my economy adventures.

PICS OF TRAIN TRIP

DSCF1343 I also took some shots in the ‘bathroom’. Pretty sad really, even though I did enjoy the travelling. Its still a pretty sad and inelegant people-mover. Coming back North, I was sitting opposite a Grafton acquaintance, a gorgeous German man who was a virgin to the first class XPT and I watched the shock process work on him. He had boarded the train ready to enjoy it but someplace beyond finding out there is no power for laptops, that we were expected to empty our own rubbish several times as they attendant came around; that the last few hours would see only a reflection of self in the tinted windows and nothing of the view – well sometime around then – he curled up and SLEPT.

http://www.countrylink.info/travelling_with_us/onboard_facilities

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TUESDAY AT HOME

DSCF8502 It was a truly lovely morning. The nights are cold and the days are moderate. Early in the morning, the mists begin to lift and all seems well with my world. I don’t intend leaving home today and that leaves me free to fiddle. One large magpie is at the bird feeder and I can hear a black cockatoo or two – with the warning of rain.

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