Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
....colourful Easter egg. We had lunch together and shared the goodies the nice, helping ladies have put together in a basket for the visitors.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
In September, the cows who have spent all summer long up on the alps are coming down to the village into their winter quarters. It is like a folks festival . There are stalls where people can try the different cheeses made on the alps. A competition is held to determine on which alp the best cheese has been produced. There are many different cheeses to try and to judge. Unfortunately the weather gods did not play along with a blue sky and kept he mountains shrouded in gray.
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Thursday, April 16, 2009
At the same time grumbled about learning the verses and not wanted to hear more about her.
Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Little breezes dusk and shiver
Through the wave that runs forever
By the island in the river
Flowing down to Camelot.
Overlook a space of flowers.
And the silent isle imbowers
The Lady of Shalott.
The Lady of Shalott" is a Victorian poem or ballad by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892). Like his other early poems – "Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere" and "Galahad" – the poem recasts Arthurian subject matter loosely based on medieval sources.
Tennyson wrote two versions of the poem, one published in 1833, of twenty stanzas, the other in 1842 of nineteen stanzas. It was loosely based on the Arthurian legend of Elaine of Astolat, as recounted in a thirteenth-century Italian novella entitled Donna di Scalotta (No. lxxxi in the collection Cento Novelle Antiche), with the earlier version being closer to the source material than the later. Tennyson focused on the Lady's "isolation in the tower and her decision to participate in the living world, two subjects not even mentioned in Donna di Scalotta."
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Marine Stingers (Jellyfish)
There is an array of jellyfish (also called 'marine stingers') in Queensland's tropical waters.
Stingers are of particular concern in waters between November to May/June. In Tropical North Queensland, we call this period 'stinger season'
The most dangerous species that may be present in North Queensland waters during stinger season is one of the species of Box Jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri). It can cause fatalities.
There are also jellyfish commonly known as Irukandji Jellyfish. This name is used to encompass a group of jellyfish that can cause Irukandji Syndrome. Irukandji Syndrome is a painful reaction to a Irukandji sting and may require hospitalisation.
Many beaches have a bottle of household vinegar provided on the beach. If you are stung, pour vinegar on the sting and then seek medical attention.
Look for and observe warning signs. Don't swim when beaches are closed.
During stinger season many beaches in Tropical North Queensland have stinger-resistant enclosures (stinger nets) to help protect swimmers from jellyfish. Stinger nets afford a high degree of protection, however, they are stinger 'resistant' not stinger 'proof'. To avoid Irukandji stings check with the beach lifeguard / lifesaver.
Do not interfere with stinger nets or sit on floating pontoons. During stinger season it is advised to wear protective clothing (wet suit or lycra 'stinger suit') when swimming in the sea (beach and reef). Enter water slowly (Chironex Box Jellyfish will often swim away from people given the opportunity and time).
Thursday, April 2, 2009
AS a quiet little seedling lay within its darksome bed,
to itself it fell a-talking, and this is what it said:
"I am not so very robust, but I'll do the best I can;"
And the seedling from that moment its work of life began.
So it pushed a little leaflet up into the light of day,
To examine the surroundings and show the rest the way.
To be sure, the haste and hurry made the seedling sweat and pant;
Little folks, be like the seedling, always do the best you can;
And the sun and showers will help you through the lonesome, struggling hours,