The way of the foolish is right in his own eyes : But he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.

"The Proverbs;"


as the bell clinks, so the fool thinks or as the fool thinks, so the bell clinks

A foolish person believes what he desires. The tale says that when Dick Whittington ran away from his master, and had got as far as Highgate Hill, he was hungry, tired and wished to return. The bells of St Mary-le-Bow began to ring, and Whittington fancied they said: ‘Turn again, Whittington, lord mayor of London.’ The bells clinked in response to the boy’s thoughts.


foto – bell from jack-a-dandy ulmarra. 2009

Never enough thyme in this garden of mine. Unknown


"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust." 

Gertrude Jekyll 1843-1932

foto – izzy foreal in garden of bilambil cottage 2009

Friedrich Nietzsche. He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.


Dancing is the shortest distance between the souls of two people.

foto – dancers at bilambil sports club 2008. jan carr and the yesterbeats.

Friendship is good, though absence from friends is painful.

"A miscellany of Irish proverbs"


" A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away."


foto – robyn ferguson and lynne sanders-braithwaite in ulmarra at wide river cafe.  nov 09.

A man cannot walk among thorns and not be pierced ; neither can he lead an impious life and die happy. Downey’s Proverbs.


Gail Lumet Buckley
Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future.



foto- ulmarra nov 09 60 years

To travel across the Atlantic we make much preparation ; but to travel through time, we make little or no preparation. This is folly !


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"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living."  Miriam Beard

foto – gwydir highway from grafton to glen innes nov 09.

In fear, the brain starves the heart of its bravest blood. Kall.



There is not an enemy so stout as to storm and take the fortress of the mind, Unless its infirmity turn traitor, and Fear unbar the gates.


"Tupper’s Proverbial philosophy: a book of thoughts and arguments"

foto – storm over ulmarra in november 2009

And praise is precious to a man, though uttered by the parrot or the mocking-bird.

"Tupper’s Proverbial philosophy: a book of thoughts and arguments"

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Two birds disputed about a kernel, when a third swooped down and carried it off.
Proverb from the Congo.


foto – rainbow lorikeet ulmarra 2009 nov.