"She seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if she had surprised a butterfly in the Winter woods"
(edith wharton)

Friday, 6 July 2007

various bits - as Daisy would say - a scrap bag post

the wind continued to blow a hell of a gale last night. Late afternoon, yesterday, I was out getting some wood for our fire and noticed that a branch had snapped on my lemon tree, the one I had posted about a few days ago. I was so sad and angry at the wind. I shook my fist at the gods! I also felt like kicking something. This wind is unusual - we usually get our winds in August. I don't even know what direction the wind is coming from - one minute from the west, the next from the south. They are so strong, sometimes it feels like our house is going to blow of the foundations. Then I would really be like Dorothy in Oz!

Joe & I are off for the weekend - to a small town out west called Coolah - this side of the Black Stump. The black stump? I hear you say. Yes - beyond the black stump is a favourite old Aussie saying. It basically means beyond the back blocks, far off in the backcountry, far from civilization. Like other early Aussie sayings such as Never-Never country and beyond the Wallaby, beyond the black stump was an attempt to describe and give a sense of place, to what many believed was indescribable - those endless plains of inland Australia.

I can remember when I was little and we were off on holidays, asking my dad where we were going and he would always include the Black Stump - either this side of it, or just past it... so it is something I grew up with. sooo, I would sit up straight on the back seat of our car, looking out the window for the Black Stump...... funny how you remember things. I was such a serious little girl, my nan worried about me so much - giving me various tonics to cheer me up.

& thankyou for leaving comments. It really makes my day to think that someone is reading and taking the time to give their thoughts on my prattle.

*~* I hope your day is filled with butterflies, magick, colour & fripparies! ~*~


Blue the Spa Girl said...

I could use some of Nan's tonics right about now. Woke up with a huge cold sore. Deees-gusting.
So, the winds of change are definately a-blowing! Enjoy your trip out past the black stump! You deserve it.
Oh, and I was and still am a serious little girl. Is there any cure for it?

Anonymous said...

Have a beautiful time away with your Joe. Quality time is precious and should be thoroughly enjoyed.

Yours, Nic xox.

Anonymous said...

Hope you have a fantastic trip. Love Hugs and Blessings

Peggy said...

have a great weekend! Hope the wind dies down for your trip. I will be getting 2 more grands visiting for a week to add to the two I already have visiting so will have a busy but fun time.

A bird in the hand said...

Have fun beyond the Black Stump, and come back and tell use about it.


Autumn said...

Your black stump sounds a bit like us saying we were out in the boondocks meaning Rural country; the backwoods. I hope you take a camera and bring back some photos, so we can see some of your country.
Take care and have fun.

* mY fRiEnDs cALL mE Rella * said...

Great to hear from you again...your blog banner is gorgeous!!!
Best ~ Rella

Sheila said...

So sorry to hear about your little lemon tree..we lost an apple tree to a wind storm a few years ago, and it is upsetting.
Have a great weekend, we are off beyond the Black Stumpp too, I will miss you..xx
My dad always said we were'going there and back, to see how far it was"..hehe..

Pam Aries said...

Ooohh.. This sounds like an adventure! Have fun and we will see you upon your return! I'll bet faeries live beyond the Black StumP!! uh huh!!!!

Naturegirl said...

Ingelwood is a nice place to come visit I loved the rainbow..reminds me of a family member who now looks down
from the heaven above.Oh too bad about the lemon tree :( Enjoy your vacation. hugs to you NG

judie said...

I could use a visit to the black stump and beyone. Hope you have a wonderful time! xoxoxo

Tracy said...

Have fun on your weekend away with Joe!

I tend to be too serious these days. As a girl, I was bubbly and in love with life.

Gemma said...

Hope you enjoyed a beautiful weekend in Coolah. Did you see fae among the Eucalyptus?

Gill said...

hope you have a GREAT time away


LisaOceandreamer said...

Have a wonderful weekend away...I think a nice change of scenery will be a good recharger - especially when spent with your sweetie!

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful home you have my friend...
Hope you enjoy your weekend.

Carmen said...

Always my best wishes to you! Have fun!

Sweetpea said...

I hope you have a lovely weekend mine is going to be a mix of chilling time and shopping. Next weekend I'm going to be off to spend it with my Dad. The weather here is strange too usually it's warm by now but it's cold! xxx

amelia said...

I LOVE reading your "ramblings" I don't always have a lot to say but I'm the same in reality as well. I always read and enjoy.

Just love to read about all the things I'll never see because I live on the other side of the world!!!

Anonymous said...

Hope you are having a grand adventure. Love Hugs and Blessings

marylou said...

Just passing by and came upon this glorious blog...May I leave you a gift???
"I sat in silent musing
the soft wind waved my hair
It told me heaven was glorious
and sleeping earth was fair"
Emily Bronte....I hope you enjoy, thank you for your words of genuine life, the sorrows and the joys.
Hug Life, Peace.....Marylou

Garden girl said...

hope your trip is lovely! I cant imagine snow here in OZ - saw it over in Uk but you have colder days than we do here. It feels like spring here today! 22c! I bought crystal robyn the other day and would love you to tell me what it is when you get back?

Bimbimbie said...

Robin you should have gone beyond the Black Stump to Warmah and miss those cold winds Smiles *!*

Tinker said...

Oops - I forgot to say in the next post (as I'm working backwards, catching up) - so I'll say it here - that I'm so glad you found a chance to kick back, laugh and relax! Xoxo