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From: "Jennie Towan" <>
Subject: Re: [CON] Party 2005
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 18:27:04 +1100
Good to have you back on track Cathie, appreciate your presence! How is the vine going? I should think you'd want to add some of that native sarsparilla, you know 'Happy Wanderer'? It grows really fast & furious! My pumpkin plant is just about in Cornwall all by itself now, it's a bit scary - talk about Jack's beanstalk! Still, the Americans will like a bit of pumpkin pie when they finally arrive - although I see Lorna is there already, sounds like she had a nasty experience with that great, great, great Uncle Zeph of hers, you'd have thought he would have made allowances, her being a relative and all! And Lorna, if you read this, I would only be needing a tiny corner of your feather boa, Gumnut Babies are very small indeed you know - in fact one feather would probably do it? Pretty Please? Cath - should we bring some Aussie food besides V--------E? Now a nice meat pie & tomato sauce would be tasty - mind, you can't beat a Cornish pasty I know. Or we could have a b!
arbie for them all, we have lots of sheep round here, shall I send for some chops? And we really should have a few million bush flies, there are plenty at home at the moment, I'll get them to throw a bag full in too. They'd only have to hang a bag out of the window to catch a million or so. Nothing like a barbie in the bush, with a gum twig to swish the flies off your chop before it gets to your mouth - trouble is, leave your mouth open too long and the buggers follow the chop in! Ah well, my Cornish ancestors managed, I think the folks back in the Old Country need to find out how they battled over here ........
Now Cath, about they piskies - piskies are what furriners call pixies, so you really have to get the names right or they'll be laughing at us ignorant Aussies. The piskies and the giants were pretty big in Cornwall in our ancestors' day, and it behoves us I think to try and find out as much as we can as - face it - we are dead ignorant of their beliefs and customs unless we had the good fortune to have stories handed down - my lot certainly didn't, but I went and looked at all the wonderful websites there are - in fact I bet if you google 'piskies' there will be all manner of websites - hang on, I'll have a go - yep, sure enough, heaps of sites - try this www.gandolf.com/cornwall/fairies/PiskieThreshers or www.sacred-texts.com/neu/eng/prwe/prwe034 . I have also bought books on the subject, & it is fascinating. And piskies are mostly nice, but if you get to Cornwall calling them pixies, there's no telling what they might do! And if any piskies read this, please don't ta!
ke offence if I get anything wrong, I have great respect for you all, but I'm just a tiny Australian Gumnut Baby & beg your indulgence! Any party stories to tell yet? I still haven't seen Corinne since we landed, and Brian the Big Bad Banksia Man is keeping a very low profile ........ I got away by myself I might add, he stopped at Tremenheere Green to take a picture with his digital camera, and had to put me down for a minute - I was up & running, believe me, caught a bus to the Noticeboard, looking for the police - have only found the Christmas Police, and I tried to lay charges, but they said they are still investigating the mysterious Christmas parcel which was found on an isolated moor in 2003 and besides, they didn't believe me - they said no sighting of a Big Bad Banksia Man had been reported or they would have arrested him on suspicion of being a terrorist. I bet there's a link between the Christmas parcel and the BBBM!! It's a big parcel - and everyone knows ab!
out suspicious parcels being left unclaimed .......... Well, I tried to tell them. Better go and see if Elvis is OK - and call Tom Cat, he could be anywhere ......... Cheers all, and watch out - Little Ragged Blossom
----- Original Message -----
From: cathie taylor
Sent: Friday, December 16, 2005 3:40 PM
Subject: Fw: [CON] Party 2005
Sorry to those I answered directly from their email addresses. I am new to this form of communiqué
What a great turnout, shindig, gig, you name it, this is going to be. We have people from AUS, NZ, USA, Africa not to mention those already situ in the UK
I shall attach my emails I have sent to the wrong adresses OK all.
Here goes nothing!
Originally sent to hlmw
OK you lot
Now get real here please.
You only seem concerned about knitting/crocheting a bridge to cross the Atlantic - what in the heck are us Aussies and Kiwis supposed to do to get there???
Well fear not my friends I have devised the perfect solution.
Everything in the garden is growing like crazy at present with our wonderful Summer upon us. So we can get together and grow a bridge to Asia then another across to Middle East and then further to Europe and by that time it will be sooooo big then it will just swing over to the UK.
Imagine a huge vine - a giant honeysuckle even, with flowers blooming to keep us smelling fresh, as we ride our emus or kiwis which ever we are from. We would have fresh eggs to boot. Great for the little snack and brekky etc. Unless some party pooper insists on the old porridge, or cornflakes, in which case you can ride your own cow to provide you with milk and cream!! With any luck our tropical fruits will also grow along, and we will be filled to the brim, on all our wonderful selection that we can grow these
Originally sent to hlmw
Just need a few volunteers - well us Aussies and Kiwis were born to volunteer weren't we? to prune this ginormous plant yearly, for the return
each December to our Motherland! Do feel welcome to add any delectable fruit and veges to grow along it from time to time.
See you all in a week - better get the growing going and how!!
Originally sent to Jennie Towan
A little gumnut baby - how gorgeous Yes I grew up with the gumnut babies in my literary collection. I now am
heavily into gardening and collecting of seeds etc to continue with our wonderful flora from all over the world. Now I have been calling my banksia seed pods - Bankia men! You know where that comes from too! Same stories as the gumnut babies. They leave the old Noddy for dead. Since We can see these gum blossom and the little fairies (rather that than pixies), nodding in the warm spring and summer breezes.
We will definitely have to get some gumnut babies growing along my bridge of honeysuckle and jasmine now - thanks to Ann E. There must be lots and lots of vines all around - we have so many in OZ, without even looking overseas - but if we keep adding as the bridge grows
across the continents- it will be so amazing - the colours & perfumes and fruit to boot! Yummy. Anyone who can contribute to this delectable bridge from OZ & NZ to Cornwall is most welcome.
I would like to bring my 2 lady canines (Patch and Lucky) along to the party but they are very timid with folk they don't know - I mean my daughters younger male canine (Angus the Staffordshire terrier) scares the tripe out of them just trying to get them to play! Yes they are
old, one 14 the other 9 years old, and HE is only 2. Typical male thinks he is the most important etc etc.
I can also bring some home made choccies - which I would like to try to experiment the truffles (they are marinaded in alcohol) with some new ports I have discovered from Cairns (far north Queensland to you non Aussies). Should be some reallllllllly gooooooooood chocs in that lot.
So plants and chocs will be my contribution - hope that is ok!
Originally sent to Tableweaver
I just realised how many felines are coming along to this wonder of wonders in Cornwall. I am super over the top, outlandishly allergic to cats! I suppose I will be living on antihistamines, eucalytus oil, garlic capsules, asthma puffer - but what the heck. I am so looking forward to seeing you all and tasting your wares from all over.
Good thing I can't bring my 2 doggies as they would both overcome their old age and go crazy chasing the cats everywhere! They do this at home as they see the neighbours cats as invading their territory when they explore our yard at night. So do I - I am allergic to them and they come uninvited into my yard! Humph!
Originally sent to Brian Millett
Hey ease up there Brian - maybe she is visually dilexsic, or half pickled or just can't spell. Maybe her piskies is a cross between pesty pixies, or fairies and pixies or something - or perhaps a nonsense name which after all is what this whole party is - true.
Now you will definitely need some wild and woolly things to help you overcome what comforts you will be missing from near Canberra. Remember the weather over there is not like OZ - the cold is b... cold and we are not used to that here!
Please bring along some Southern Highlands plants to add to my bridge, some Snow gums would have lovely littlel Gumnut babies for evryone to see and enjoy. Also any Banksias around then everyone can meet our banksia men too and we will all have fun growing and travelling along it.
Originally sent to Gloria Clarkson
What a shame we cannot get them all over here - you know where I am - heaven on earth - yep that's what I call our wonderful coast here.
To those who assume that my bridge from OZ & NZ is for cars get real will ya!!
We will be floating on our own wonderful powers having been well primed with my home made chocs with lots of marinating before they are made, not to mention the high we get when we eat all our wonderful tropical fruit. We will be floating along the bridge a foot or 2 above the pavement. Yes those who have to, can drive, walk, run, skip, swim even under the bridge and climb up for a rest! We are such multiskilled people in OZ - we have to be to survive out her. Gloria I hail from the northern end of the CC - where are you from??
Must go and get more plants growing to keep the bridge growing and going and
Cathie from Central Coast NSW AUS
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