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-'WHO KILLED THE GOURIETS AND THE =CLIC W.,1.LEER Eff See Min +=====Who Killed ​The Gourmets ​And The Epicyclic Walker.=====
-When I was commencing my career I had the good fortune to be a member of a group whose chief member was not only an excellent navigator but a superlative cook. She had the added advantage of having access to one of those mechanical ledger machines which lirovide information under fifty different headings. Food lists were issued to liembers of a walk not only with the exact amount of food to be taken but in a form which wculd not disgrace the stowing diagram of the First Officer of an Antartic expedition. If the Chart was followed one could so pack that the cook could go through say f:urteen rucksacks neatly lined up in front of her fire; itself a masterpiece of required and varied temeratures,​ and produce, it seemed effortlessly,​ seven aesthetically satisfying courses. Even if the food was not 4-star Michelin it was only prevented +
-from being so by the vagaries of weather which might dilute the soup +
-with rain water while one sipped it, or the frostiness of the night could prevent the magnificent sauce arriving on one's plate at the same temperature as the superlative pudding. (The Anclo-Saxon term "​afters"​ gives one a clue t6 the indifference of a whole nation). The food was +
-beautifully cooked, ample, varied, possibly 3-star. +
-Naturally the beauty of such arrangements depends on the presence +
-at the cooking fire of all the members of the food list. The couk was only once, in my recollection put out. Five of the party of ten or twelve appeared to be so caught on a ride that there was a strong possibility of their being benighted. This in itself was no cause for alarm; it was only a day walk from a base or food; camp and all the inredients were in their right places except the potatoes. One of the beniphted persons had used his 2.235 lbs of potatoes as a pillow in complete disregard of the mores of the group. Such are the imponderables of ElliTnetS. +
-Mich as one would like to remain a lotophagi the really adventurous +
-gourmet moves on.. An ofnoot of the ledger machine group was semi-vego, and it was pleasant, indeed healthy, to dally among their strange dishes fora While. Aromatic zhoulashes, pemmicans, wholemeal dampers and a +
-technique for the preparation and consumption of porridge were the crowning +
-glories of this group. The perridge technique was to place the amount required of scotch cut oats in a billy with a handful of dried fruit for each person. This was soaked overnight, warmed in the morning and then eaten directly from the billy. The ccnvention was that each had a spoon +
-of approximately the same capacity and one stirred the fruit and oats thoroughly at each dip. The leading spirits of the group carried this togetherness to its logical conclusion and cooked and ate every course from the same billy. One could thus enjoy tomato custard and appled coffee. It is -a long while since I had appled coffee. +
-February 1963 The Sydney Bushwalker 15. +
- -V +
-The mobile meals of this group were particularly gbod. One such m:eal ma-6 taken standing in a crowded saying train arid consisted of criko-bread sandwiches, peMmican7pieces,​ handfu1I6 of nuts and thirds oi drahges. Since the party boarded the train from either eid nf-a corridor car-ftage the source of these delicacies and their point nf ingestion -Were i'​ather separated. My share of'the megl pdssed through ten pairs of-strange hands, but such is the honesty Of train travellers I believe I received every piece that was intended for me. +
-Oc-dasionally we had bal-fuit trips Fin which the skins, pips and peel Were &aired and simmered to a thin syrup which waa drunk-inste6d-of an early morning cup-of tea':- The rind of a pineapple, but not the ough +
-ed was-espeedially iirized for this syrup. It was a deliAtfill experience to return from one of tl-i se walke-dnd then to-be shunted onto-the line at Redfern next to Wbread fdctory which proclaimed"​Whatou eat'​today walk and talks tomorroW."​- For myself I could haraly wait to get to Central and eat a hamburper-relishing the pungent onions and the slightly sapect meat with tEe e:​be,​ndonment -Of a fallen angel. -These fruit weekends w6re-the Cduse-of some social embarrassment gt a 1ater-8ate. I had gone to Era 6ver Christmgs with a cane bag full of fruit from the garden; fruit which mould have silt-had it not been eaten that week-end. There was sufficient fruit for Erwee meals a day and eVen'​at that it was a race betviden ripeness_ and rottenhess. Bg- some quirk 6f romantic fate I discOv'​ered a girl at Erewith the Mozaft gnd cofeee tastes oemyself, dnd in due course was in4rited-to a meaI at her home befdie we lent tO a'​concert.'​ There was a delicious aroma of lovingly baked laEt;as-we sat down,a plate Of lettuce, pinapple and cheese was placed in front of be while ne-rest of the family demaished the Iamb. Be assured thgt the girl was properly but politely informed that fruit weekends were not my normal diet. +
-The declirie grid fall of the great stgndard6 of mY yogth-I now place +
-on the inventiOn of a plastic that is at once transparent,​ tough and ea6ily fabricdted into plastic bEgs.' This innovation ensures that all dried food will arrive gt the point Of cohgumption in an identifiablG state not stuck tenaci6Us1y to' a cloth food bag. In the past one could recnghise, at times, porridge from-dried vegetable only by the fact that the porridge +
-' h;n: been-iput into a floral: pattern bag and the vegetables into a-brIg mAde from an old -Shirt. The great debate between tric durability of fresh potdtoeS +
-hnd tile uncertainty of-the dried Trariety has no' been settled to the detriment +
-of good eati?ig. Th ogici1 en 5 of all-thig is tMt if the planniiig is left in the handsef a person ber-eft of-inspiration a fondlist can be prodUced in which all the ingredients ai'e thoroughly dry, unpalatable and +
-The gehbric term`for,​thii food is scroggin-and there is vegetab/e scrnggin, nut scroggin,"​6mo1ing -6croggin gnd map scroggin. 2111 these scroggins aid'e seif explahgtory and are self"​cont-d ined ea-oh in their owni5lastic envelope. Smoking setoggin needs iptch or scratch-scroggin;​ map scroggin is the smallest po-6sible piec6 of the '​mapCut'​out and carried de eP inside-the pack with in turn hats Its on liner: To coridult the map is too mu'dh trouble for the small consolation of knowing where one is. This in turn gives rise +
-16 The Sydney- Bushwalker February 1963 +
-to vectOr scroggin in Which one's "​velocity and direction are thoroughly mixed. A firer type oCthe same ubiquitous pla'​sltic has been-fashione8 into - indeStrUctible bottles, g savf::1g grgce for its inventor. Hy container hem, not'​scrOggin but bottledl'​in-bond stbfreven though it was labelled "​Vorsicht-stark atzent. Caution - very corrosive."​ +
-1Nhile the calating 6f a food list has thus been open3d to people of little lroginatioh the margin '-)f safety ih the bUsh has been immensely There-a:​sad. 337- blowing air-into these s'​eroin holders nhd whiF)inL a +
-rubber band over the neck a -dol/Oction of bouyant chambers aan be stuffed +
-int6 a pg76k: making a pack far more stable than the Titanic or the ill-fgted Andrea Dorea. Equipped with such a pAck even the wcN,kest swid'​ior cah-now +
-Lace with equanimity the Kommung canyons. -By lea-kiing-the glucose scrogcin in an outside'​ tiOck6t and-adding a cupfUll, of water a readily gvaiiable and repulsive scource- of energy is always on hand. If a-capsiz6 occurs the pack can be inverted and' all 1:He ullage drained. Very personal equipment +
-should be packed in d'​-iAle scroggins. +
--- Such is the wgy of the world. One trades the delights Of a deep billy for the cel4tainty of a meal. And the icyclic walkarL.: He ow6-6- me the bus fare from the Quay to the Railway. But that is another story. +
-(Note for students. Eff See It was the Chinese herbalist who introduced dried mushrZarT7 the astonished world, Now deceased, he is buried at the foot of a magnificent tree on the Boyd Plateau. For pilgrims who would worship at his shrine, an access road has recently been constructed to the site.) +
-CHRISTIES v NEW YEAR AT MA, +
-Frank and Jean Ashdown were ,down early, but didn't stay for New Year. The camp fire on New Year's Eve was a beautSome f;ood work was done in getting in a supply of fuel and the entertainMent was an all-in effort. The weather was mainly fine with a fair bit of cloud and the surf was very cold for the time of the year. +
-On New Year's Eve the can fire revellers included Edna Stretton and nephew, Evan Williams, Kath, Jim and Christine Brown, Bill-and Ruby Hall +
-and family, Phil tnd Betty Hall and family, round from South tra for the night, Bob and Christa Younger and family, Dill Burke and his four boys and a..mate of theirs, 8i1een and Jack Wren, Mr & Mrs. Taylor (Eileen'​s po/-ents) Denise +
-' Hull, Jack Gentle, David Ingram, Retter RemPt, Gladys Roberts and Auriel Mitchell. +
-February 1963 The Sydney Bushwalker+
  
 +Eff See Wun
 +
 +When I was commencing my career I had the good fortune to be a member of a group whose chief member was not only an excellent navigator but a superlative cook. She had the added advantage of having access to one of those mechanical ledger machines which provide information under fifty different headings. Food lists were issued to members of a walk not only with the exact amount of food to be taken but in a form which would not disgrace the stowing diagram of the First Officer of an Antartic expedition. If the chart was followed one could so pack that the cook could go through say fourteen rucksacks neatly lined up in front of her fire, itself a masterpiece of required and varied temeratures,​ and produce, it seemed effortlessly,​ seven aesthetically satisfying courses. Even if the food was not 4-star Michelin it was only prevented from being so by the vagaries of weather which might dilute the soup with rain water while one sipped it, or the frostiness of the night could prevent the magnificent sauce arriving on one's plate at the same temperature as the superlative pudding. (The Anglo-Saxon term "​afters"​ gives one a clue to the indifference of a whole nation). The food was beautifully cooked, ample, varied, possibly 3-star.
 +
 +Naturally the beauty of such arrangements depends on the presence at the cooking fire of all the members of the food list. The cook was only once, in my recollection put out. Five of the party of ten or twelve appeared to be so caught on a ride that there was a strong possibility of their being benighted. This in itself was no cause for alarm; it was only a day walk from a base or food; camp and all the inredients were in their right places except the potatoes. One of the benighted persons had used his 2.235 lbs of potatoes as a pillow in complete disregard of the mores of the group. Such are the imponderables of gourmets.
 +
 +Much as one would like to remain a lotophagi the really adventurous gourmet moves on. An offshoot of the ledger machine group was semi-vego, and it was pleasant, indeed healthy, to dally among their strange dishes for a while. Aromatic ghoulashes, pemmicans, wholemeal dampers and a technique for the preparation and consumption of porridge were the crowning glories of this group. The porridge technique was to place the amount required of scotch cut oats in a billy with a handful of dried fruit for each person. This was soaked overnight, warmed in the morning and then eaten directly from the billy. The convention was that each had a spoon of approximately the same capacity and one stirred the fruit and oats thoroughly at each dip. The leading spirits of the group carried this togetherness to its logical conclusion and cooked and ate every course from the same billy. One could thus enjoy tomato custard and appled coffee. It is a long while since I had appled coffee.
 +
 +The mobile meals of this group were particularly good. One such meal was taken standing in a crowded swaying train and consisted of crisp-bread sandwiches, pemmican pieces, handfu1ls of nuts and thirds of oranges. Since the party boarded the train from either end of a corridor carriage the source of these delicacies and their point of ingestion were rather separated. My share of the meal passed through ten pairs of strange hands, but such is the honesty of train travellers I believe I received every piece that was intended for me.
 +
 +Occasionally we had all-fruit trips on which the skins, pips and peel were savred and simmered to a thin syrup which waa drunk instead of an early morning cup of tea. The rind of a pineapple, but not the rough end was espeedially prized for this syrup. It was a delightful experience to return from one of these walks and then to be shunted onto the line at Redfern next to bread factory which proclaimed "What you eat today walks and talks tomorrow."​ For myself I could hardly wait to get to Central and eat a hamburger relishing the pungent onions and the slightly suspect meat with the abandonment of a fallen angel. These fruit weekends were the cause of some social embarrassment at a 1ater date. I had gone to Era over Christmas with a canoe bag full of fruit from the garden; fruit which would have spoilt had it not been eaten that week-end. There was sufficient fruit for three meals a day, and even at that it was a race between ripeness and rottenness. By some quirk of romantic fate I discovered a girl at Era with the Mozart and coffee tastes of myself, and in due course was invited to a meal at her home before we went to a concert. There was a delicious aroma of lovingly baked lamb; as we sat down, a plate of lettuce, pinapple and cheese was placed in front of me while the rest of the family demolished the lamb. Be assured that the girl was properly but politely informed that fruit weekends were not my normal diet.
 +
 +The decline and fall of the great standards of my youth I now place on the invention of a plastic that is at once transparent,​ tough and easily fabricated into plastic bags. This innovation ensures that all dried food will arrive at the point of consumption in an identifiable state and not stuck tenacious1y to a cloth food bag. In the past one could recognise, at times, porridge from dried vegetable only by the fact that the porridge had not been put into a floral pattern bag and the vegetables into a bag made from an old shirt. The great debate between the durability of fresh potatoes and the uncertainty of the dried variety has now been settled to the detriment of good eating. Th logica1 end of all this is that if the planning is left in the hands of a person bereft of inspiration a foodlist can be produced in which all the ingredients are thoroughly dry, unpalatable and indestructible. The generic term for this food is scroggin and there is a vegetable scroggin, nut scroggin, smoking scroggin and map scroggin. All these scroggins are self explanatory and are self contained each in their own plastic envelope. Smoking scroggin needs match or scratch scroggin; map scroggin is the smallest possible piece of the map cut out and carried deep inside the pack which in turn has its own liner. To consult the map is too much trouble for the small consolation of knowing where one is. This in turn gives rise to vector scroggin in which one's velocity and direction are thoroughly mixed. A firmer type of the same ubiquitous plastic has been fashioned into indestructible bottles, a saving grace for its inventor. My container held, not scroggin but bottled-in-bond stuff even though it was labelled "​Vorsicht-stark atzent. Caution - very corrosive."​
 +
 +While the collating of a food list has thus been opened to people of little imagination the margin of safety in the bush has been immensely increased. By blowing air into these scroggin holders and whipping a rubber band over the neck a collection of bouyant chambers can be stuffed into a pack making a pack far more stable than the Titanic or the ill-fated Andrea Dorea. Equipped with such a pack even the weakest swimmer can now face with equanimity the Kowmung canyons. By leaving the glucose scrogcin in an outside pocket and adding a cupfull of water a readily available and repulsive source of energy is always on hand. If a capsize occurs the pack can be inverted and all the ullage drained. Very personal equipment should be packed in durable scroggins.
 +
 +Such is the way of the world. One trades the delights of a deep billy for the certainty of a meal. And the Epicyclic walker. He owes me the bus fare from the Quay to the Railway. But that is another story.
 +
 +(Note for students. Eff See Wun was the Chinese herbalist who introduced dried mushrooms to the astonished world. Now deceased, he is buried at the foot of a magnificent tree on the Boyd Plateau. For pilgrims who would worship at his shrine, an access road has recently been constructed to the site.)
 +
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 +
 +=====Christmas - New Year At Era.=====
 +
 +Frank and Jean Ashdown were down early, but didn't stay for New Year. The camp fire on New Year's Eve was a beaut. Some food work was done in getting in a supply of fuel and the entertainment was an all-in effort. The weather was mainly fine with a fair bit of cloud and the surf was very cold for the time of the year.
 +
 +On New Year's Eve the camp fire revellers included Edna Stretton and nephew, Evan Williams, Kath, Jim and Christine Brown, Bill and Ruby Hall and family, Phil tnd Betty Hall and family round from South Era for the night, Bob and Christa Younger and family, Bill Burke and his four boys and a mate of theirs, Ei1een and Jack Wren, Mr & Mrs. Taylor (Eileen'​s parents) Denise Hull, Jack Gentle, David Ingram, Peiter Rempt, Gladys Roberts and Auriel Mitchell.
 +
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--=01M.I.M 
 THE TIN CANOE  TRIP-Part II. THE TIN CANOE  TRIP-Part II.
 Audrey Kenway. Audrey Kenway.
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