Saturday, February 9, 2008

Trivial History February 9

Another glorious day to throw ourselves madly into the garden and plant as many vegies as possible to keep the starving Tribe from gnawing their way through the floorboards.
And then I predict a much needed rest in the hammock will be in orderlol

1830 Charles Sturt, being one of those blokes who always had to know where things came from and I'm sure he pulled his mothers alarm clock apart just to see how its innards went together, went for a wander and found the source of the Murray River.

At the finish of the 1962 Perisher Cup skiing competition in NSW, the winner who'd beaten the leader of the men's section by 1 second, shyly stepped forward for congratulations - 8 year old Glenda McGregor.

1841 Port Albert woke up today to find Angus McMillan trekking about its region.

1884 Arthur Stace - Mr Eternity- an Aussie graffiti eccentric, was hatched. Read his inspiring life story HERE, HERE and its still-felt ripples HERE.

Ghost spot-
The Oodnadatta Track is sprinkled with the lonely graves of many who fell victim to disease, accident, exhaustion and starvation, with many who will tell you how these souls are still wandering the Track.

1889 The leader of the Eureka Stockade, Peter Lalor, gave up eating and drinking aged 62.

1897 Aussie pioneer aviator Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith was hatched.Read more about this plucky chappie HERE.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When screw-holes become too loose to secure a screw, stuff a little bit of fine steel wool into the hole and re-insert the screw. This will allow the screw to grip firmly once more.

1903 Former Victorian Premier Charles Duffy did a bunk off this mortal coil.

1923 Stanley Bruce assumed the position office as 12th Aussie PM.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshment-
Lady M.
For Highriser's friend Dame M.
Into a blender toss 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 45ml of Melon Liqueur and 45 ml of Frangelico. Blend, pour into a glass and sprinkle with grated chocolate.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1986 About bloody time! 8 women were ordained as Australia's first female deacons in Melbourne at St Paul's.

1988 As Don Mclean warbled "they would not listen ,they're not listening still, perhaps they never will".Clyde Cameron, having a crystal ball or 3 ,warned the Labor Party against becoming a tool for rich businessmen.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Dead Easy Home Baked White Bread.
Into a metal bowl toss 3 1/3 cups of plain flour, 2 teaspoons of dried yeast, 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix thoroughly then stir in 1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water.
When mixed, throw onto a floured surface and start punching the bejebus outta it kneading it madly for 10 mins.
Put into a greased metal bowl and cover with a tea towel near or on the top of the SLIGHTLY warm stove. Stop poking it. Leave it till it's doubled in size. I said stop poking it !
Knead it for another 2-4 mins, then throw into a loaf tin,cover with a tea towel and STOP poking it!
Let it stand on the stove top till the dough is peeking over the edge of the loaf tin, then throw into the moderate oven for 30-40 mins. Knock on the loaf when you think it's ready - if it sounds as hollow as some people's heads, then it's ready.


  1. Thank you Jayne. I think I need to test it first.

  2. LOL But of course you should ;)

  3. ohh I missed this bread recipe - wow making it in the sun !

    how would it go in the BBQ I wonder ?