Sunday, February 3, 2008

Trivial History February 3

Sundays for sleeping in and watching the doona gently rise and fall with every snore...from yourself...

1788 The very good chappie Rev Richard Johnson waxed lyrical in the first church service in that God forsaken colony at the ends of the blasted earth, surrounded by the damned I tell you!

During an amnesty held by the Campbelltown Library, a book on poultry breeding was slipped into the book returns that should have been returned in 1890, a trifling 92 years over-due.

1853 Frank McCallum aka Captain Melville got the lucky dip prize of a 32 year holiday in gaol.

1866 The Brits were finally able to use Aussie sovereigns as dosh instead of piffing them at stray convicts.

Ghost spot-
Isisford in QLD is the patch for the Wilga Ghost, a disembodied scream that pierces your brain and makes your innards turn icy cold. Centred around the Wilga Waterhole, there are many suggestions for this horrifying cry but no clear explanation for this or the desperate coo-ees that come from no human.

1881 Sending out its ever-extending tentacles Sydney enveloped Albury in its railway network.

1885 Roseworthy Agricultural College, the first Ag college in Australia, was opened in that "back water"  South Oz. Muscly, sweaty crow eaters....niiiiiice.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
To make tulips stand up straight in a vase, pour in pure vodka with the water.

1894 The Aussie Worker's Union was formed by....Aussie Workers!

1954 The QE II beamed down from the mothership in Or-stray-lia for her first visit and the first visit by a reigning monarch...only because they had to accumulate their frequent flyer points before they could drop in.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Into a blender toss 1/2 mango, 15ml cream, 15ml Triple Sec, 15ml White Creme de Cacao, 15ml orange juice and 15ml Cherry Advocaat. Blend with ice cubes and serve in a tall glass.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

2004 The Ghan finally chugged into Darwin from Adelaide on its maiden voyage...and God bless all who sail in her!

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Apple Cream.
Stew 230gms of Granny Smith apples with sugar and vanilla. Blitz with a blender.
Whip 600mls of cream, mix thoroughly with apple, then toss in 16 gms of gelatine.
Scoop into a mould (bowl will suffice) and sit in the back of the fridge until set.
Mix 2 dessertspoons of apricot jam with 2 dessertspoons of sweet sherry and water and blend well.
Turn Apple Cream out of mould/bowl onto the presentation plate and dribble sauce around the edges.


  1. Tulips are my favourite flower.

    I adore them.

    But I aint wasting good vodka on 'em unless I can eat 'em!

  2. that cocktail looks a ripper - I am with Kelley on the Vodka lol.
    Not that I have had any for nearly 4 years -wodka not tulips.

  3. I suppose drinking from a vase and gnawing on tulips hasn't come into fashion as yet so let the flowers droop and enjoy the vodka the way it was intended LOL.