Green Pastures are before me.

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This view across the alluvial flats of Yabba Creek has Cherry Gully and the Imbil Homestead Ridge in the background. These pastures fatten beef cattle.

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bdeh on February 21, 2013

Great composition Ian, the tree gives a lot of shade. LIKE! Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on February 22, 2013

Dear Berend,

Let me quote from a British schoolbook "The Home of Man" written in 1937 by B. G. Hardingham.

"Australia is, in some ways, the most interesting of all the continents. It is surrounded by ocean, and is a long, long way away from the rest of the world. The people and plants and animals which are found there have grown up all by themselves.

"When the rest of the world did become aware that there was such a place as Australia, they found that it was a continent peopled by curiosities. These are a few of the strange creatures which were discovered in Australia: birds with hair instead of feathers, black swans, pigeons as big as fowls, rats that climb trees, fishes with lungs, animals that lay eggs, birds that laugh but cannot sing, birds that walk but cannot fly, dogs that cannot bark, squirrels that fly, animals that carry their babies in their pockets, ants that can eat their way through tin or lead.

"Nor is this all, for in Australia the trees give no shade, and shed their bark instead of their leaves..."

Can you believe this was ever written and that it was written in 1937!!

So there you now know that our trees do not give any shade!

And even in 1978, when I was giving talks to schools in Britain, I was challenged by one teacher who told me that I should use authentic pictures of Australia not pictures of England when I am talking to the children. He was objecting to photos of Yabba Creek and Imbil landscapes taken within 100M of my home!!

I hope British education has improved, but I guess the myths have a life of their own!!

Elsewhere in the chapter, he writes, "In Australia there is no real grass." "Australia is also a big cattle country. Fortunately the northern and eastern parts of the continent have plenty of rain, and so vast heard of cattle are now grazing over the bush." I presume he thought they were eating bark, as there is no real grass, and not enough leaves on the trees to give shade or food for the livestock!


Warm regards from Australia, in spite of the fact that we may be on another planet, or that I have grown up all on my own.


bdeh on February 22, 2013


I'm afraid we learned the children in Suriname and the Dutch Indies also strange things in those days Ian. Greetings Berend

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