It’s a gusher! (Yass Dam)

The wettest September day in Canberra’s records on Friday. The Yass River ran a banker and the dam filled overtop! *

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* ‘…It pelted, pelted all day long,

A-singing at its work,

Till every heart took up the song

Way out to Back-o’Bourke.

And every creek a banker ran,

And dams filled overtop;

“We’ll all be rooned,” said Hanrahan,

“If this rain doesn’t stop.”…’

 


 

[from ‘Said Hanrahan’ by Australian bush poet John O’Brien, pseudonym of Fr Patrick J. Hartigan, born in O’Connell Town, Yass, New South Wales, Australia in 1878]

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Said_Hanrahan

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A very Yassy Christmas!

Christmas cottage lights, Yass, New South Wales, Australia

A Christmas cottage in Yass

Every year I write a Yass-mas Carol for friends and family. I thought I would share it with you at this time of goodwill. So here tis, my carol for 2015.

“Away on a hilltop,
our crib is the best!”
says CC and The Dude
from their high country nest.

The stars in the bright sky
look down where they play.
The dudes in the country
are country to stay.

The cattle are mooing,
the rooster awakes,
but that’s all the noise
that the neighbours do make.

We love our bush garden,
looking down from on high,
so come join our peacetime
’til morning is nigh.

Wishing you all a very happy holiday! And see you in 2016…

Moving, glowing reindeer

Reindeer downunder, a long way from home

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