Thursday, June 19, 2008

Trivial History June 19

A beautifully overcast, dank and drear day is waiting outside my windows; waiting to pounce on me unawares , hoping to ruin my washing, drown my next batch of seedlings, soak my plans for the day...
Well, to that I say HA.
And HA again.
I don't give a fat rat's clacker about the washing.
The seedlings are tucked up in the greenhouse.
And my plans for the day include wool, a crochet hook, chocolate and hot cups of tea....

Tis the Feast Day of the Roman Goddess Minerva, she of the arty farty crafts and things. Excellent! She can get her arse over and help finish the crocheted rug for me!

One of the most significant fruit trees in Victoria was an apple tree planted by John Batman in 1838, in Heidelberg. It grew 20 ft tall, with a girth of over 5 ft and was so heavily laden with fruit in 1910 large branches simply snapped under the immense weight of the fruit.

1812 USA declared, in war-like tones, that they didn't want to play patty cake with Britain anymore, which actually brought the Aussie colonies into conflict with USA. We preferred playing marbles, anyways razz

Oz Slanguage-
Rafferty's rules = means there are no rules at all.

1820 Sir Joseph Banks, the bloke who gave us the name for much flora including the Banksia tree - coz we'd have been stumped coming up with a title for things otherwise - popped his clogs at the ripe old age of 77.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Paint wooden paling boundary fences with proper fence paint every few years; it helps preserve the fence, gives a seamless backdrop to frame the garden and, with a decent colour, can hide many blemishes/ imperfections.

1931 There was a hearty set-to, a massive mellee, a bloody big punch up between the rozzers (police) and anti-evictionists who were fighting for people to keep the roofs over their heads in this Great Depression while landlords everywhere were only happy when their palms were crossed with 30 pieces of silver....

Six Degrees of Separation of Skippy.
Skippy - Gregory Peck
Walter Sullivan appeared in several episodes of Skippy.
He also appeared in Glenview High with Bill Kerr.
Bill Kerr appeared in several episodes of Doctor Who with Patrick Troughton.
Patrick Troughton appeared as Father Brennan in the 1976 horror movie The Omen.
In which Gregory Peck starred as the father of the devil child.

1956 Britain had nothing better to do on this day so they exploded their 2nd nuclear test on the Monte Bello Islands which sent a truly hideous radioactive cloud drifting, leisurely, across the mainland. Now we finally have the answer for the 3rd foot on those West Aussie footballers.

Oz Etty Kit-
If beer is served in a stubbie it is not acceptable to pour it into a glass, but Guinness must be served in a proper pint glass and nothing else.

1969 The Arbitration Commission finally had a light dawn above it's collective head and they finally awarded women equal pay.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Into a saucepan throw 1 tin of diced tomatoes, 2 finely chopped onions,1 large finely diced eggplant, 2 medium chopped zucchinis, 1 finely chopped carrot with seasoning and herbs to taste.
Toss in just enough water to cover the vegies and simmer gently for 30 -45 mins, stirring every now and then.
When thick and taste tested, serve on it's own or with meat or fish.


  1. a rug aye?

    I'm currently doing two blankets - one for each girl

    *shakes head* a few more overcast, dreary drizzly days would do me quite well.

  2. grrrr bloody laptop

    above comment was me

    went to click to put my details in and hit send accidently.

  3. I hope you will post a piccy of the rug when you are finished.

  4. LOL Bettina, glad to see you back online! :)
    Got the next one planned already .

    Pic posted, LiD ;)