Posted by: jkirkby8712 | February 13, 2012

Saturday, 11 February 2012 – that ‘equine wonder’ does it again!

I decided to place a poetic entry sample on my Face Book page this morning  –  from William Wordsworth’s ‘Daffodils’ [as it is generally known], just the opening verse, think I might make this a weekly occurrence!

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Awoke to a morning of  drizzling rain and very damp surroundings this morning, just before Susie left for an early Saturday morning shift at the Bakery. About an hour later, I was off myself, to the gymnasium for another hour of  ‘Lift for Life’ activities, felt pretty good afterwards, and did a bit of walking around the town re shops etc – after my Saturday morning iced coffee at ‘Blues Plus’ café. I have mentioned to one friend at least that I could be found there after 10am on a Saturday morning, but haven’t had anyone join me as yet!  Meanwhile, at the newsagent, I found recent editions of a couple of music magazines that I like to use for my Monday night show  – any music magazine that includes a CD of music genres that I’m interested in, will attract my attention! Today I found the January-February edition of Songlines [2 cds included this month], and a magazine I’d not noticed before,  the Dec/January edition of Jazzwise [both publications originating from the United Kingdom].  Some wonderful ‘world’ and ‘jazz’ music included with these publications, and consequently, some great new material for Monday nights.

The ‘equine wonder’, the brilliant Australian mare ‘Black Caviar’ raced at Caulfield this afternoon, competing over 1400 metres in the C F Orr Stakes, the longest distance the horse has raced. It was Black Caviar’s 18th start in a race, having won all previous 17 races. In order to allow as many fans as possible to see this horse run, I think the Caulfield officials opened the course to the public, basically without charge – irrespective of that, Black Caviar has brought back the crowds [and families] to horse racing in Australia, such is the interest and enthusiasm it’s victories have created.  – in the racing world, it is becoming a bit of a cult hero, along with Trainer, Peter Moody, and Jockey, Luke Nolan.  Well, in Race 18, the horse ran, and won again, no real surprise there – 18 starts, 18 wins.  As reported in the media:  ‘BLACK Caviar today moved to within one win of the Australasian consecutive winning streak record with signature ease.   The world champion sprinter notched successive win No.18, joining Hall of Fame member Ajax, whose 18 consecutive wins happened between 1937-39, as she captured the C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. Black Caviar breezed to an effortless victory as she claimed her eighth Group 1 to move to outright second place – and left behind triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva – in the Group 1 honour roll for mares. Former New Zealand champion Sunline holds that mark with 13 Group 1s. While it was Black Caviar’s first start beyond 1200 metres there was never any doubt of her unbeaten winning streak continuing.  Jockey Luke Nolen settled her fourth, edged to the outside before the home turn and barely moved as Black Caviar simply slipped into another gear and left her rivals in her wake. Trainer Peter Moody said no firm decision has been made on the five-year-old’s next start, but she is likely to be nominated for the $750,000 Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on Saturday. Moody also has the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday, February 25 as Black Caviar’s next start where she would equal the Australasian record jointly owned by Desert Gold and Gloaming’.

I was supposed to go out to an annual barbeque function tonight – annual get-together of the former management  [and others] of the Shire of Gisborne, as it was before amalgamation in the mid-1990s. Generally the ‘and others’ part of the function tends to dominate which in the past has put me off from going – too many people there I don’t know, and I’m always reluctant to have to explain my life story to every new conversation n- a lazy socialiser I guess you could say.  Were it just the former management team, I would be quite happy and comfortable to be there, but this year I have again ‘let down’ host [and former Gisborne CEO], Terry Larkins. I’ve being to a couple of his barbeques, but admittedly have missed most of them.  I guess I feel that most of my former associates have made good success of their post amalgamation days, whereas I have never felt that I had much in the way of achievement to show! Consequently, I have generally avoided having to go through all that explanatory stuff. No doubt, Terry & Lyn [both very nice people] are thoroughly ‘cheesed off’ with me by now.

Yesterday, I was talking about books and poetry. I had on order another of the Wordsworth Poetry Library series books [an overseas purchase] but I was not expecting it for a week or so.  However, it apparently arrived as a late mail delivery yesterday [wasn’t in the box when I cleared it mid-afternoon], and I found it this morning after I returned home from town. The outside of the package was wet, and I was dreading the condition that I would find the book inside, had ended up, because of this morning’s rain!  But thankfully, the wetness applied only to the external packaging envelope – the publication inside was completely dry. A fourth book in my new collection of classic poets – this one the ‘Collected Poems of Robert Burns’ [the Scottish poet], described as the most celebrated of all Scottish poets. Three of his most famous compositions are Auld Lang Syne, My Love is Like a Red Red Rose, and Tam o’Shanter.  Quite a valuable contribution to my little ‘library’, in my view anyway!



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