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I was the son of a drover and went to work as a man
from the age of 10. So if I seem a bit coarse and uneducated, perhaps its because  i lack schooling.
The only learning I got was from life and the hard knocks. Then at 15 I was thrown from a race horse and kicked in the head. So for 15 years I was in a fog of stupidity. Which didn't help my cause but maybe did help my karmic debts?
Then i married a bad shiela another stupid move:)
and nothing worked for me those 15 years!
Bad car accident in 1975, head on, naked girl crushed to death in other car the guy had 2 broken arms 2 broken legs. Wife stealing cousin Wayne my nemesis:)
was driving my car? and stepped out and caused the accident. Wayne and I knocked out the windscreen of my car on impact. I had arm full of glass from protecting my eyes with elbow over my nose, broke my collarbone holding the front seat and put a u turn bend in the seat. Broke leg bone broke 3 toes too.
Cuz kidnapped me semiconcious from Nambour hospital, the Cast on my leg  annoyed me so I cut it off with a tin opener. Brother Mark took me to Kullinjah Station my dads property, so 4 days after the accident I tried some hard work fencing.
Pick up the right hand with the left put it on the hand drill, uses left hand to drill holes in the post.
(break)  FRIED SCONES............quick bread replacement in the 1930s
Dissolved fat (or cooking oil) ¼ inch deep in frying pan fairly hot... not burning...
Flour baking soda cream of tartar... OR cup selfraising flour drop of milk or water ...
mix fairly firm cook in the fat and turn often till cooked ....
Fried scones were eaten with an application of fat and syrup mixed together on them .....nice...
Banana fritters
Soft nanas ok too....
For one .... 1 cup s/r flour 1 small banana 1 egg one tablespoon sugar mix till firm and add banana
chunks. Cook in fat till cooked well turning often ...burnt is nice...(.these are usually soft)
Same for corn meat fritters.... 1 cup s/r flour 1 egg add onion & tomato as well for taste.......great

Jonny cakes were a drier mix... dip each one in flour and drop on the wood stove or hot shovel
turn often till cooked
Damper used sr flour milk salt .mixed till semi firm ..Scones too
Brownie was a Damper which had raisins or sultanas plus tablespoon of sugar to make it sweet.


Bad horses


Blog Posted:6/27/2011 3:47:00 PM
As old Drover Don Johnson of Dirranbandi said of horses:
When you as the new man arrived on a station to start work
In the 1930s,you got 'tried out' by the old timers or the boss. They'd say,
" Can you ride boy?" It didn't pay to skite or you would get the worst horses to ride. Bad horses that had been taught to be the master, by some useless man that couldn't ride a hobby horse.
Horses learn very quickly to use their learned bad habits against
you. When asked I'd say "I've been on horses before." That is all.
The new boy usually saddled and mounted some vicious brute,
generally thought to be unrideable, and got tested as an
equestrian. I had ridden horses with my mother as a baby they were my play toys. With a set of gooseneck spurs strapped to your high heeled riding boots. Whenever the horse bucked or fought he got chastised, and when he came your way he was patted on the neck.
Always this show of softness with these calloused brutes had
brought on more buckjumping, so you rode to win to beat the horse into submission. So then you might start the days work to the amazement of the onlookers. These horses that I rode were never ridden again by other men, for some Moorangs had beaten too many men in the past. Only a very determined rider could stay on some of these brutes. It was in the blood you see, my grandmother 'Tuppy' she rode a circus horse when still a teenager.
This horse was a buckjumper in a tent show and it had never been ridden bareback in the show's history. The prize offered was five pounds. Our Tuppy “crippled by Polio” was different she put her bare feet under the
horse's front legs where they joined the horse's body and it
couldn't throw her. She did not get the prize though she'd earned
it. They reneged on paying, the deck was stacked against her, but
she still rode the horse, on the day.




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  1. Date: 6/28/2011 5:54:00 PM
    What a brave woman and a fine tale, when i listen to you I think of the Tales of Paul Bunyon. Light & Love

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  1. Date: 6/28/2011 4:00:00 PM
    Yes Trace banana is dear, you only need one for fritters here. Bloody floods wiped out the nanas up north. You aint lived Francine till you ate nana fritters or fried scones, or damper n corn meat with splash of tomato sauce. Yes Vince them horses rear, pollies dear, dont want em near, don't like em.

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  1. Date: 6/28/2011 11:35:00 AM
    tracie your bananas must have gold and silver peels , wow , expensive dear

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  1. Date: 6/28/2011 11:34:00 AM
    Don I have weight problem already, no way in hell am I eating fried scones cooked in lard, ain't gonna happen,

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  1. Date: 6/28/2011 9:20:00 AM
    I've only rode once or twice and never on an untamed horse. My LPO in the Navy was a bronco buster when he went home, Of course, when I get behind a horse trailer in my car and the only thing visible is the horses backside, I think of Washington and our politicians. Vince

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  1. Date: 6/28/2011 7:46:00 AM
    Banana fritters are ya crazy don hun...bananas are $14 a kilo here lol. Nice Bio, it suits you to a tee xxx Loves Tracie

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  1. Date: 6/28/2011 5:00:00 AM
    I do like your stories. Mike

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  1. Date: 6/27/2011 10:30:00 PM
    Francine But did ya try the fried scones in my bio ...yes to die for:)

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  1. Date: 6/27/2011 9:46:00 PM
    interesting blog Don

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