I do have some excuses for the dearth
of exciting blog posts.
I have been helping The Editor
(previously known as The Cook)
with her day job.
So this week I took pictures to go with
her interview of a promising young local amateur local boxer.
He was such a pleasant, fresh faced 15 y.o. with a mouth
full of orthodontic hardware ...
it is a shame to think of him being punched and damaged.
I researched and wrote a little piece
about all the shops moving around in Kinglake.
(i.e. changing places, not wavering like in the picture...
I called the article..Shopscotch)
I worked at the op-shop
and took photos and wrote
a tiny bit of copy about the
(No, that's not me in the photo)
I jumped out of the car and took some
photos of a row of lovely old cars
from a club that did a 'Rod run'
up the mountain to the local pub.
Again...more photos and some fun interviewing the
young men (and a couple of women) in the
Flowerdale Ute Club.
We also visited a potter for an article The Editor
is preparing for the April issue about the town of Toolangi.
And we visited the kiwi fruit winery in the same town.
Shame! We had to taste the wine and I bought
some fabulous kiwi fruit cider...
and picked the man's brain about
growing kiwi fruit.
The winery is called Giverny
....for reasons obvious in the photo below.
Claude would have had his paints out and his easel up in a flash!
Then of course there are the tearooms in Toolangi.
The tearooms are situated in The Singing Gardens, ˆ
which are fabulous!
C.J. Dennis - 1876 - 1938, one of Australia's best known poets
lived in Toolangi, establishing the gardens.
He wrote humorous poetry and prose and lovingly
about the moist forests and bush around Toolangi.
He also wrote verse for children.
It is estimated he wrote over 4000 pieces
in his 40 year writing career.
In 1917 he was Australia's most prosperous poet.
It is no wonder as he has been described as
the Laureate of the Larrikin,
and the best-known poet in Australia at that time.
His poems are a record of his life but also
of the society at that time....
some seem sexist and others racist,
but interesting just the same.
I love this one, that he wrote to stir
the loins of young men
during the First World War.
Check the reference to 'Old Mother Britain'
and the idea that the Germans were 'kicking at the gate'
(not Australia's gate, that was for sure.)
And what about 'life being short'...
so stop playing sport and enjoying it...
head off and shoot a few people
and maybe be killed yourself.
Yep! That sounds like a good plan!
I hope you take the time to read and sing...
provided you know the tune of, Onward Christian Soldiers.
Insert your own two syllable expletive where the dashes are....
Air - Onward Christian Soldiers
Fellers of Australier, Blokes an' coves an' coots, Shift yer --- carcases, Move yer --- boots. Gird yer --- loins up, Get yer --- gun, Set the --- enermy An' watch the blighters run. CHORUS: Get a --- move on, Have some --- sense. Learn the --- art of Self de- --- -fence. Have some --- brains be- Neath yer --- lids. An' swing a --- sabre Fer the missus an' the kids. Chuck supportin' --- posts, An' strikin' --- lights, Support a ---- fam'ly an' Strike fer yer --- rights. CHORUS: Get a --- move on, etc. Joy is --- fleetin', Life is --- short. Wot's the use uv wastin' it All on --- sport? Hitch yer --- tip-dray To a --- star. Let yer --- watchword be "Australi- --- -ar!" CHORUS: Get a --- move on, etc. '0w's the --- nation Goin' to ixpand 'Lest us --- blokes an' coves Lend a --- 'and? 'Eave yer --- apathy Down a --- chasm; 'Ump yer --- burden with Enthusi- --- -asm. CHORUS:
Get a --- move on, etc. W'en old mother Britain Calls yer native land Take a --- rifle In yer --- 'and Keep yer --- upper lip Stiff as stiff kin be, An' speed a --- bullet for Post- --- -ity. CHORUS: Get a --- move on, etc. W'en the --- bugle Sounds "Ad- --- -vance" Don't be like a flock er sheep In a --- trance Biff the --- Kaiser Where it don't agree Spifler- --- -cate him To Eternity. CHORUS: Get a --- move on, etc. Fellers of Australier, Cobbers, chaps an' mates, Hear the --- German Kickin' at the gates! Blow the --- bugle, Beat the --- drum, Upper-cut an' out the cow To kingdom- --- -come! CHORUS: Get a --- move on, Have some --- sense. Learn the --- art of Self de- --- -fence.
Oh, and the soldiers did use it for a marching song, apparently.