Saturday, March 8, 2008

Trivial History March 8

Glorious gardening day to all! Shifting ginger and canna lillies are on the menu, with a side serving of composting, a light dressing of fertiliser and a starter of shovel work ending with a new lemon tree, more vegie seedlings and washed down with a generous helping of water crystals.
Bottoms up!

Tis International Women's Day today! Read more about the history and beginnings of this momentous day HERE.

1801 Lt James Grant, having slapped together a simple renovator's delight cottage, sowed the first seeds of corn, wheat and a small flower garden on what he dubbed Churchill Island, Victoria.

March 8, 1994 saw Carol Matthews home barely 2 days after kidney surgery only for her to be bitten by a small brown snake, that was caught in a red back spider web, and the spider itself got in on the act and gave her a piece of its mind too! Miraculously she survived.

1802 Lt John Murray, having some free time and empty space in his back shed, took formal possession of the Port Phillip area.

Ghost spot-
Near Windorah, Qld, a tragic accident occurred in 1893 when the Cobb and Co coach horses bolted down a steep river bank and drowned the driver and all passengers on board. Since then workers on the nearby station have reported clearly hearing each night, but never seeing, the spooked horses loudly whinnying, the jingle of the harness, clattering hooves and crunching of the coach wheels on dirt with frightened shouts from the long dead driver and passengers.

1828 Aussie Post, which wasn't Aussie Post at the time, released the first Aussie stamps.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When transplanting seedlings out, dip the roots into liquid manure or fertiliser and this will help them recover quickly from any shock.

1837 Governor Bourke liked Hoddle's doodles on the back of the envelope and approved the plans for the village he named Melbourne.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Orange Vodka.
Into a tall glass pour 45 mls vodka , 1 cup ice cubes and top with orange juice. Garnish with a wedge of orange on the side of the glass.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1856 Brilliant Aussie painter, Tom Roberts, was hatched. Read more about Tom HERE.

1875 There was a Royal Commission appointed to consider lighting and ventilation of the Victorian Legislative Assembly chamber, possibly due to the ginormous amount of hot air being percolated within.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Change the usual maths equations into Roman numerals. Give the kids the key to the numerals and ask them to work out equations. A change is as good as a holiday!

1932 Would Aussie crime TV have ever been the same if Gerard Kennedy hadn't been found in the Sandgroper spot today? Read more about this under-appreciated actor HERE.

1965 QANTAS flapped its arms really hard and made the first non-pit-stop commercial flight from USA to Oz.

1989 John Howard was kicked to the kerb as leader of the Liberal Party.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Stick To Your Ribs Vegie Soup.
Soak 2 cups lentils and dried peas overnight or simmer for 30 mins.
Strain and cover with fresh water.
Throw in finely chopped carrots, celery (leaves included), turnips, swedes, parsnips, onions, tomatoes (or 1 large tin crushed tomatoes), capsicums of every shade, chicken stock, pasta/noodles of choice, spuds, pumpkin, and any other vegie that takes your fancy.
Bring to the boil them simmer gently for 2 hours, stirring regularly.
Serve with hot crusty bread dripping in lashings of butter.
Individual serves may be vitamised for preference.


  1. Poor woman but since she survived this is making me laugh. Let me get this straight. The lady was bitten by a brown snake caught in a red back web...and then was bitten by the red back as well. What on earth was she doing out of bed just after kidney surgery? Or were these things in the bed with her which suggests the urgent need for some home help. God, how unlucky yet strangely lucky can you be!LOL.

  2. "Lt John Murray, having some free time and empty space in his back shed, took formal possession of the Port Phillip area."

    Now that's what I call a big shed.

  3. I hope she bought a lottery ticket after that, LiD !

    He had a big shed indeed...I think our missing PM Harold Holt, Glenn Miller and an ugly aged portrait of Cliff Richard is located somewhere in the back ;)