" Search for your cloak where you lost it."— -We ought not to despond at our losses or disappointments, but endeavour, by industry and economy, to recover ourselves from then.

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Mat vale comer grama y abrojo, que traer capirote en el ma.

" It is better to eat grass and thistles than have to wear a hood over your face."

Liberty, with little, is better than much without it.

"A dictionary of Spanish proverbs, tr., with illustr. from the Lat., Span …"

foto – ulmarra hotel oct 09 hunting for lizards to photograph.

She who stops at every stone never gets to her journey’s end.


(The world belongs to the patient man.) 
Tout vient it points qui sait attendre. 

A Dictionary of Foreign Phrases and Classical Quotations, Comprising Idioms, Proverbs, Maxims …


The wounded gladiator forswears fighting, and then forgets his former wound and grasps his weapons again.

STOKERS 017You should respect each other and refrain from disputes; you should not, like water and oil, repel each other, but should, like milk and water, mingle together.



Scrubby Pete Hurcombe and Izzy Foreal at Stoker’s Siding. 2008.

She only truly lives, who lives in peace.

It is essential to know that to be a happy person, a happy family, a happy society, it is very crucial to have a good heart, that is very crucial. World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just the absence of violence but the manifestation of human compassion.

Dalai Lama, Associated Press, 14/5/01

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Keep a tree green in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come. Chinese.


A Singing Voice

Kenneth Rexroth

Rising and falling with the
Twisting road the song closed, soft
In the night. Over thirty
Years have gone by but I have
Never forgotten. Again
And again, driving on a
Lonely moonlit road, or waking
In a warm murmurous night,
I hear that voice singing that
Common song like an
Angelic memory.


fotos- izzy foreal 2008 on the tweed river nsw

The beginning of an amour (or gallantry) is fear.

"Proverbs; Or, The Manual of Wisdom: Being an Alphabetical Arrangement of the Best English …"


Where would you rather be?
Anywhere but here
When will the time be right?
Anytime but now
The doubt and the fear I know
would all disappear
Anywhere but here


foto-t shirt in ulmarra october 09

Health is better than wealth.

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The Old Black Billy and Me

by Louis Esson

The sheep are yarded, an’ I sit

Beside the fire an’ poke at it.

Far from talk an’ booze o’ men

Glad, I’m glad I’m back agen

On the station, wi’ me traps

An’ fencin’ wire, an’ tanks an’ taps,

Back to salt-bush plains, an’ flocks,

An’ old bark hut be the apple-box.

I turn the slipjack, make the tea,

All’s as still as still can be –

An’ the old black billy winks at me.

Old Australian Food Recipes


foto – jacaranda day 2009 in grafton nsw.

“Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to drop back” Chinese.


The Rowing Song

Round the world and home again
That’s the sailor’s way
Faster faster, faster faster
There’s no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going
There’s no knowing where we’re rowing
Or which way the river’s flowing
Is it raining, is it snowing
Is a hurricane a–blowing
Not a speck of light is showing
So the danger must be growing
Are the fires of Hell a–glowing
Is the grisly reaper mowing
Yes, the danger must be growing
For the rowers keep on rowing
And they’re certainly not showing
Any signs that they are slowing.



foto – dragon boat races on the clarence river. november 09.