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Once upon a time on a farm we owned, we inherited a wonderful old gum tree, capable of sheltering countless families of birds and mammals and all manner of creepy crawlies, too.

We were told that his girth measurement indicated an age of well in excess of 400 years. That was in the 1980’s, and a recent Google satellite photo we investigated showed he’s still there. Isn’t that wonderful? Many times we were tempted to check about having him heritage listed, but never did for fear of the potential upheaval if he became famous. Selfish? Maybe… but he’s still there, and intact. I think our choice was the right one.

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I know this site is called ‘ceedee country’ , but my country of Australia IS ‘girt by sea’, and the latest news about these pristine waters is UGLY… and that is an understatement.

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and the Old Man WAS snoring, last night – just like every night.

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It certainly wasn’t him who did the rain dance that has brought us 7″ (175mm) of rain last month , and in the 20 days of this month so far, another 5-1/2″ (137mm). Over the next few days another inch or so is forecast. Of course, at the beginning of the season rain dances were popular amongst the farming fraternity – but just like our old friend Hanrahan said, “We’ll all be ‘rooned if it don’t stop soon”.

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Gone Fishing…

Gone Fishing

The Fisherman is not too fussed whether he’s successful in the traditional way of actually catching something… or not. You see, the satisfaction he expresses is the sun on his back; the smell of fresh, somewhat salty air; the uninterrupted view across the River Murray to the island; the cries of the birds, from river and sea; the well-earned freedom after a lifetime of toil; the ultimate choice to stay… or go home for lunch. (more…)

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Ohh-hh… look –

From our local newspaper, The SE Times – this is surely Karma… no?

Easter Service at our local Driver Reviver rest stop

Easter Service at our local Driver Reviver rest stop

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They’re in the news everywhere, it seems. Sinkholes, that is.  (see the Related Articles below… just a couple of the many stories being reported almost daily, it seems)

Well-ll, our limestone farmhouse has survived in the South East of South Australia since 1878 – and we believe it to be directly over a sinkhole.  Or a big limestone cavern underneath us somewhere not too far down.  And to think people move into caves when they think the world may end… to stay safe?

Our two bores (providing ‘flattish’ but clear as a bell, absolutely drinkable water) are situated somewhere below us, at a depth of just 3.3 metres (11′) – one is just behind our house, and one to the side.  Go figure.  It’s surely down there under us somewhere. (more…)

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Next month,  the New South Wales town of Narrandera will be in a particularly celebratory mood as people from far and wide come to honour and enjoy once again, one special man and his poetic works…John O’Brien, alias P.J. Hartigan, a Roman Catholic parish priest.

To many Australians, including myself, his most beloved poem is  ‘We’ll All Be ‘Rooned, said Hanrahan’, although there is an extremely close second, ‘Tangmalangmaloo.  Whatever your favourite, his best are all contained in the book Around the Boree Log and other verses. (more…)

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