Wednesday, 20 July 2016

When Great Trees Fall


When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, 
and even elephants lumber after safety.


When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence,
their senses eroded beyond fear.



When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile.

We breathe, briefly. 
Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity.



Our memory, suddenly sharpened, examines, gnaws on kind words unsaid,
promised walks never taken.



Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us.

Our souls, dependent upon their nurture, now shrink, wizened.



Our minds, formed and informed by their radiance, fall away.

We are not so much maddened as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
of dark, cold caves.




And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always
irregularly. 

Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration.



Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us.

They existed. They existed. 



We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.


Maya Angelou

Thursday, 14 July 2016

All Things Crustacean - July 2016

Our Third Gathering for Good Food - 
Good Wine and Good Company

All Things Crustacean

Champagne Deutz Rose 2008

Gazpacho Andaluz with Tiger Prawns

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Private Bin, The Exquisite Collection. NZ.


King Scallops with Prime Smoked Streaky & Mushrooms

Chateau l’Hospitalet 2013
Coteaux du Languedoc

Lambs Lettuce with Asparagus and Nelson Road Walnuts dressed with Hazelnut Oil and Balsamic

Vigneto du Lot Soave Classico 2013 Inama, Veneto Italy

Lobster Newburg and Mousseline of Fish
Wilja Rosties

Sancerre 2014, Cedrick Bardin

Toasted Shropshire Blue with Melon and Tomato Chutney

Cotes du Rhone 2015, Pierre Chanau

Summer Fruit Compote, Madagascar Vanilla Custard and Meringue

Weinrieder 2011, Eiswein Riesling Schneiderberg, Austria

Ariyanas Dulce 2008, Bodegas Bentomiz, Spain

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Confucius Did Not Say

 CONFUCIUS MAY NOT HAVE SAID......
             but would have, if he had thought a bit more!

Man who wants pretty nurse, must be patient.

Passionate kiss, like spider web, leads to undoing of fly.

Lady who goes camping must beware of evil intent.

Man who leaps off cliff jumps to conclusion.

Man who runs in front of car gets tired... Man who runs behind car gets exhausted.

Man who eats many prunes gets good run for money.

War does not determine who is right; it determines who is left.

Man who fight with wife all day get no piece at night.

It takes many nails to build a crib but only one screw to fill it.

Man who drives like hell is bound to get there.

Man who stands on toilet is high on pot.

Man who live in glass house should change clothes in basement.

Man who fish in other man's well often catch crabs.

and......

"A lion will not cheat on his wife, but a Tiger Wood!"