Category Archives: EASY DOES IT

How could something so simple, Inspire so very much, Each time I’m in the hammock, I heal again to love.


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“The word hammockable (describing two trees that are the perfect distance apart between which a hammock can be hung) is not in the dictionary, but it should be. [Of lying in hammocks]” 

― Dan KieranThe Book of Idle Pleasures

There came an old man down the road, And, O, he whistled fine



Whistling Men


by Mary Gilmore (1865-1962)


Australian writer


There came an old man down the road,

And, O, he whistled fine,

He brought a tune from out the wind –
A wind as cold as brine;
He took the pain from out the world,
And saved this heart of mine.


And down the stairway by my door,
Two days ago I heard
A whistling boy come hopping by
As if he were a bird;
I felt as though I were a leaf
A happy air had stirred.


God gave the whistling mouth to man
That he old griefs might drive
Back to the dens from which they came.
And keep his soul alive.
A whistling man makes life as sweet
As honey in a hive.



Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. - 1909 - 1954), Monday 20 June 1949,


Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 – 1954), Monday 20 June 1949,

Kittens are born with their eyes shut. They open them in about six days, take a look around, then close them again for the better part of their lives. – Stephen Baker




Foreign Kittens
Kittens large and Kittens small,
Prowling on the Back Yard Wall,
Though your fur be rough and few,
I should like to play with you.
Though you roam the dangerous street,
And have curious things to eat,
Though you sleep in barn or loft,
With no cushions warm and soft,
Though you have to stay out-doors
When it’s cold or when it pours,
Though your fur is all askew–
How I’d like to play with you!


A Selection of Kitten Verse by Oliver Herford

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.” ― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds


People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”

– Carl R. Rogers

The best way to eat the elephant standing in your path is to cut it up into little pieces.


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The human heart is never satisfied, just like the snake that wants to swallow an elephant.



By practising the hand you learn how to draw pictures, by practising the tongue you learn to speak classical Tamil. " All things are difficult before they are easy."

"A classified collection of Tamil proverbs"


Al buen entendedor, pocas palabras bastan.

To a good listener, few words are enough (understanding comes easy).

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Charles E. Wilson. Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard one makes it impossible.


Two things stand like stone.

Kindness in another’s trouble,

Courage in your own.

Gordon, Adam Lindsay, 1833-1870

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Take it easy, you’ll speed better.

"A collection of Gaelic proverbs and familiar phrases : based on Macintosh’s collection"

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At Ease

Most wounds can Time repair;
But some are mortal  – these:
For a broken heart there is no balm,

No cure for a heart at ease –
At ease, but cold as stone,
Though the intellect spin on,
And the feat and practiced face may show

Nought of the life that is gone;
But smiles, as by habit taught;
And sighs, as by custom led;

And the soul within is safe from damnation,
Since it is dead.
Walter de la Mare

foto – bilambil cottage garden

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. Confucius

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The Way of Heaven

It is the way of Heaven not to strive, and yet it knows how to overcome; not to speak, and yet it knows how to obtain a response; it calls not, and things come of themselves; it is slow to move, but excellent in its designs.


foto – laying cables in coldstream street 2009