Coddled Eggs

Coddled Eggs

Sunday, 1 June 2014

        Of Friends and Familiar Faces and Places

One of the lovely things about moving away from my childhood hometown is that I can return and see all the positive aspects of the city.
Visits to the bushland area's where I used to run the stresses of the day away ...huffing and puffing up hills and along tree lined tracks.....
There were no stresses revisiting the sites just the pure delight of seeing the natural forest endemic to the Southern region.
I was tempted to put on my joggers and just go for it but years of neglect have worn thin the stamina it takes to run any distance.
The 40 stairs at the start of the track put to rest any notion of physical exertion...The wonderful enlightening thing that did happen though was a lust within me to start training again, recalling the wonderful feeling of pushing my body to it's limit and then some.
A very pleasurable memory.
This photo is over 20 years old but reminds me of health and strength...
I do believe the time has come to make Jogging a reality again....."Time to return to the Gym"

I used to love running along the beach .It is hard to believe it has been 8 years since I have jogged along the briny shores.

Is it not a stunning beach and for as far as the eye can see not a soul in sight.....

The ominous signs of storm .The dramatic Cumulonimbis Clouds.
I had forgotten how dramatic the Southern skies can be and how breathtaking. 

Of course the portend of weather to come. 
Oh how accurate because  as you will have seen from my previous post  the days preceding the beach visit were filled with icy hail and stormy blustery winds thunder lightening and snow.......
The annual oyster festival was brought to an abrupt halt... 2 power lines came crashing to the ground and tree's were uprooted...
The South ...How wild.

There are three families of clouds. They were given Latin names by Luke Howard in 1804. They are Cirrus (curl of hair), Cumulus (heap) and Stratus(layers). There are 10 main types of clouds made up of combinations of these families. Clouds are also grouped by their height above the ground. Each cloud carries a message about the weather to come, so meteorologists use clouds to help them make forecasts.

I will leave you with this rhyme by Lewis Carroll. I learnt this by heart for speech lessons but it made me sad .
I always felt so sorry for the Oysters. Now as an Adult I still feel sorry for the oysters.
A wise man once told me.............. Your enemies are not dressed in black They are not THAT easy to identify.
I have always remembered that.

The Walrus and the Carpenter

"The sun was shining on the sea,
      Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
      The billows smooth and bright —
And this was odd, because it was
      The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
      Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
      After the day was done —
"It's very rude of him," she said,
      "To come and spoil the fun."

The sea was wet as wet could be,
      The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
      No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead —
      There were no birds to fly.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
      Were walking close at hand;
They wept like anything to see
      Such quantities of sand:
If this were only cleared away,'
      They said, it would be grand!'

If seven maids with seven mops
      Swept it for half a year,
Do you suppose,' the Walrus said,
      That they could get it clear?'
I doubt it,' said the Carpenter,
      And shed a bitter tear.

O Oysters, come and walk with us!'
      The Walrus did beseech.
A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
      Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
      To give a hand to each.'

The eldest Oyster looked at him,
      But never a word he said:
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
      And shook his heavy head —
Meaning to say he did not choose
      To leave the oyster-bed.

But four young Oysters hurried up,
      All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
      Their shoes were clean and neat —
And this was odd, because, you know,
      They hadn't any feet.

Four other Oysters followed them,
      And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
      And more, and more, and more —
All hopping through the frothy waves,
      And scrambling to the shore.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
      Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
      Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
      And waited in a row.

The time has come,' the Walrus said,
      To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
      Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
      And whether pigs have wings.'

But wait a bit,' the Oysters cried,
      Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
      And all of us are fat!'
No hurry!' said the Carpenter.
      They thanked him much for that.

A loaf of bread,' the Walrus said,
      Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
      Are very good indeed —
Now if you're ready, Oysters dear,
      We can begin to feed.'

But not on us!' the Oysters cried,
      Turning a little blue.
After such kindness, that would be
      A dismal thing to do!'
The night is fine,' the Walrus said.
      Do you admire the view?

It was so kind of you to come!
      And you are very nice!'
The Carpenter said nothing but
      Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf —
      I've had to ask you twice!'

It seems a shame,' the Walrus said,
      To play them such a trick,
After we've brought them out so far,
      And made them trot so quick!'
The Carpenter said nothing but
      The butter's spread too thick!'

I weep for you,' the Walrus said:
      I deeply sympathize.'
With sobs and tears he sorted out
      Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
      Before his streaming eyes.

O Oysters,' said the Carpenter,
      You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
      But answer came there none —
And this was scarcely odd, because
      They'd eaten every one."

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