Thursday, March 6, 2008

Trivial History March 6

Isn't it a beautiful day?!
The chooks are running amok in the strawberry plants, the magpies are nagging for their brekkie and The Spouse is muttering evilly under his breath at the long list of gardening jobs!
Life is sweetmrgreen

1788 Finding a lump of dirt with no landowner in sight, Lt Phillip Gidley King, having nothing better to do that day, took formal possession of Norfolk Island.

Peter McLaren, aged 68 of Wonthaggi, competed in 9,000 woodchopping competitions and was never defeated.

1837 Hobart had its first legit theatre the Theatre Royal , as opposed to the puppet shows in the lean-to out the back of Aunty Maggie's wash house, in Campbell St.

Ghost spot-
Parkers Track, near Sorrell in Tassie, is host to a repeated scene of death. A retired officer and his convict overseer went into the bush to meet with the aborigines but were speared to death. The grisly ambush and ending is heard infrequently with the sounds of a struggle, raised voices, gun shots and then an eerie silence.

1883 A public meeting, where spleens were vented with great gusto, took place in the Protestant Hall in Sydney to rant protest at the Irish National League Reps in Oz.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
To save digging persistent weeds out from between paving stones, sprinkle the weeds generously with salt. Repeat as needed.

1963 Moe rejoiced for Moe was finally proclaimed a town.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Yellow Lemon.
Into a shaker pour 3 oz advocaat, 2 oz sweet sherry and the juice of 1 lemon. Shake with ice cubes and serve in a cocktail glass garnished with a lemon wedge.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1970 Scientists were warning about that nasty little stowaway in ships' ballast, the Crown of Thorns starfish, which was wreaking havoc in its destruction of the Great Barrier Reef.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Ginger Apples.
Peel, core and quarter 1 kilo of GRanny Smith apples and layer with brown suigar and fresh ginger into a large saucepan. Cover and let sit for several hours.
Boil 1 litre of water with 4 tablespoons fresh ginger , then add the apples, sugar and ginger.
Boil until it becomes a syrup and add the grated rind on 1 lemon.
Stir until the apples appear clear then allow to cool before storing in an air-tight container in the fridge.
Serve with apple cinnamon tea cake and fresh cream.

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