Friday, November 25, 2005

This is just a nice spot in our yard...taken in late spring...not so colourful right now...there used to be (well before we moved here) a small tidal creek, down low on the far side of this...its almost stagnant thse days after all the chemicals from a winery up the stream...and mainly because no one is allowed to clean out natural waterways for environmental reasons....


but what happens is that no one ever does clean them out so all manner of noxious weeds clogs up the waterways which were once free flowing... certainly National Parks and water Management seem to conduct all their business from air conditioned offices... with little on the ground work ever been done...

and also winerys and those who entertain there are politically correct thesedays unlike the poor old "redneck farmers" (who feed us all) who kept the creeks flowing because it was good farming practice.

Do you know where the term "redneck" comes from??? In the old days anyone who worked out doors was considered poor or working class hence red neck from the sunburn and exposure to the elements.

Must have too much Orish in me, what starts out as a pretty garden picture ends up a philosophical diatribe about "life the universe and everything"...

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3 comments:

charlie said...

Nice pic. Ok diatribe too
charlie

Sara said...

Wineries do a lot of environmental damage out here in Oregon, too, but they are getting better. We're also getting more and more organic farmers as opposed to these giant corporate farms that gut enviro laws to suck dry the rivers and replace the water with waste and runoff. You know we have CATTLE in our National Forests? And rednecks here like to align themselves with the people who fought to keep slaverly legal. They stick the confederate flag on the back of their pickups and claim it's "just a symbol of rebellion." Grr.

I like the happy, warm picture!

Sara said...

Well thanks for stopping by and clearing things up! I think it's interesting that both of our countries used the same terms for farmers back when. I wonder where it originated first. From what you explained, an Australian redneck is more of a simple farmer than the malicious American kind. In fact, when I think about it, the term 'redneck' can be slung at city-folk too. It's more of a mindset than an economic background, I guess.