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Reserve for the night. H has a fire going.Hamburger in Charlton. I think both of us would have spent a good bit of our thinking time wondering(27/1/05. still r (3/11/09. stl r)) about Dan’s debut in the model game and his prospects for the future(27/1/05. hez in NZ doin a kupl of showz. So poor he smokes rollies but hez wearin a $US700 jaktsent → him ← New York). Just as we were leaving Melbourne in the morning, still in Locksley rd, wemade the ultimate bird find – a rainbow lorrikeet. Unfortunately it had been run over and was messyso we could only get some of the brilliant feathers (27/1/05. in rtrspkt th hobby seems gruesm) from it.Its only the 2
parrot we have found, the other being the female Mulga parrot I got on the LakeGairdner trip.
Well the sunset was a fizzer – not enough clouds tocolour up, and sunrise was also pretty ordinary, though it was nice to be still around to see it, so I’m notcomplaining. After breakfast we had a pleasant walk in a large patch of mallee and then headed off towards Wirrabara where the Old Bakery makes the best pies Ive ever tasted (including my mums whichwere pretty good), via Whyte Yarcowie (smaller than Terowie, but happier looking) and Jamestown (verycivilized with a comfortable-looking main street, and a creek through the middle). Consumed 2 pies atWirrabara accompanied by nice plunger coffee – very tasty and also heart-burn inducing, as the pastry isdeliciously flaky and the steak & kidney in big chunks in a thick gravy – definitely cholesterol country. Thebaker has a big paunch and was walking with a stick – hope his days arent numbered by consuming toomany of his own freshly baked delights, as, from a purely selfish point of view, his artistry would be sorelymissed when we come this way again. After the pig out, we went back the way we‘d come (almost) toinvestigate Appila Springs picnic area, Tarcowie, Boolooroo Centre and then on to Melrose, through whatmust be some of the loveliest rural areas in SA – rolling hills with long views of yellow canola, green wheat& purple Salvation Jane (Pattersons Curse in Victoria) which were beautiful to the eye and calming to thespirit. The land here is not so alien to human occupation as the dry country beyond Goyders Line. Then onto Port Germein through a ‘mini Flinders Ranges’ gorge with red rocks above, gums in the creek bed,callitris pines on the sides. Port Germein feels so familiar, though Im sure I havent been here more thanabout 4 times – its ‘sleepy hollow’ feel is very welcoming and comfortable. The tide is out, so the ‘beach’ ishundreds of yards wide & the water quite a long way away. The jetty will no doubt be our boulevarde thisevening. Neither of us feels hungry despite the fact that lunch was early – the pies are still with us.(21/5/05. Indeed they are! The Magpies (bottom of the ladder) have just beaten West Coast Eagles (top of the ladder) for only the 2
win of the season).
St Clare of Assisi (Abbess Virgin 1194-1253). When St Francis preached the Lenten sermons in the church of St George at Assisi in 1212 he so inspired Chiara, the 18 year-olddaughter of Count Scifi, that she determined to follow the Poverello in his life of Christian poverty. Upon hisadvice she secretly slipped out of the parental castle on the night of Palm Sunday and, accompanied by her auntBianca and another companion, made her way through the forest to the little chapel of Portiuncula in the valley,where St Francis and his brethren awaited her with torches at midnight. Here she exchanged her rich clothingfor a coarse tunic and veil, had her long, golden hair cut off, and vowed herself to Christ’s service in utter poverty. Her father, who had planned a splendid marriage for her, was furious and attempted to carry her off byforce from the Benedictine convent where she was temporarily placed. Before long, a simple dwelling wasfitted up as a convent adjacent to the poor chapel of St Damiano, which St Francis had personally repaired.Here, within a fortnight, St Clare was joined by her younger sister St Agnes. The young order of “Poor Clares” began to grow rapidly in membership and during the next few years Clare’s own mother, Blessed Ortolana,another sister, Beatrice, and her aunt Bianca also placed themselves under her direction. Foundations wereestablished in many countries of Europe during her 40-year tenure of office, mainly for the care and educationof poor girls. At first the community lived without a written Rule, guided only by a short “formula of life”composed by St Francis, and under the latter’s devoted personal guidance. But Cardinal Ugolini, the newOrder’s protector, drew up a Rule in 1219, based on the Benedictine one and forbidding communal poverty.This he tried unsuccessfully for nine years to have St Clare accept, but her firm insistence on St Francis’ idealof absolute poverty and complete dependence on alms, finally won from him (later Pope Gregory IX) his