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Phillipians 4:4-8

For with Thee is the fountain of life; in Thy light shall we see light. Psalm 36:9

Jamie Douglas

Posted by Jeanne

Have you heard about Jamie Douglas?


Jamie Douglas

by K A Peters

'Twas in the days when Claverhouse was scouring moor and glen,
To shake with fire and bloody sword the faith of Scottish men,
They had made a covenant with the Lord, firm in their faith to bide,
Nor break with Him their plighted word whatever might betide.
The sun was nearly setting, when o'er the heather wild,
And up a narrow mountain-path alone there walked a child.
He was a bonnie, blithesome lad, lithe and strong of limb,
A father's pride and a mother's love were fast bound up in him.

His bright blue eyes glanced fearless round, his step was firm and light.
What was it underneath his plaid his little hands clasped tight?
'Twas the bannocks which that morning his mother had made with care
From out her scanty store of meal, and now, with many a prayer,
Had sent by Jamie, her ain boy, a trusty lad and brave,
To good old Pastor Tammas Roy, now hiding in yon cave;
For whom the bloody Claverhouse had hunted long in vain,
And swore he would not leave that glen, till old Tam Roy was slain.

So Jamie Douglas went his way with heart that knew no fear.
He turned the great curve in the rock nor dreamed that death was near,
But lurking there were Clavers' men, who laughed aloud with glee.
He turned to flee, but all in vain, they drag him back a pace
To where their cruel leader stands, and set them face to face.
The cakes concealed beneath the plaid soon tell the story plain.
" 'Tis old Tam Roy these cakes are for!" exclaimed the angry man.
Boy, guide me to his hiding-place, and I will let you go."
But Jamie shook his yellow curls, and stoutly answered, "No."

"I'll drop you down the mountain cliffs, and there among the stones,
The old gaunt wolf and carrion crow shall battle for your bones; "
And in his brawny strong right hand he lifted up the child,
And held him o'er a clefted rock, a chasm deep and wild
So deep it was, the trees below like willow wands did seem.
The poor boy looked in frightened maze, it seemed some horrid dream.
He looked up to the sky above, and then at the men close by:
Had they no little ones at home, and could they let him die?

But no one spoke, and no one moved, or lifted hand to save
From such a fearful, awful death, the little lad so brave.
"It's waefu' deep," he shuddering cried, "but, oh !.I canna tell:
Sae drap me doon there if ye will, it's nae sae deep as hell."
A childish scream - a faint, dull sound - oh, Jamie Douglas true!
Long, long within that lonely cave shall Tam Roy wait for you;
And long for your welcome coming waits the mother on the moor,
And watches and cries, " Come, Jamie, lad," through the half-open door.

No more adown the rocky, path you come with fearless tread,
Or on the moor and mountains take the good man's daily bread ;
But up in heaven the shining ones a wondrous story tell,
Of a child snatched up from a rocky gulf that's nae sae deep as hell.
And there before the great white throne, forever blessed and glad,
His mother dear and Auld Tam Roy shall meet their bonnie lad.



Holiday links

Posted by Jeanne

Don't mind me. These are just some links to things that I want to remember for my holiday, so I'm posting them here.

The most beautiful lane in Kyoto

Food in the Lake District

Exploring London

Japanese literature

What would be on your unmissable list for a visit to UK, France and Japan?


Coming to the end

Posted by Jeanne

Today is the first day of the last week of AO7 term 2. By the end of this week we will have finished:

::The Pursuit of God

:: The Brendan Voyage

:: A Taste of Chaucer

:: Twain's Joan of Arc

:: In Freedom's Cause

:: Ivanhoe

:: The Daughter of Time

:: The Sword in the Stone

:: The Return of the Word Spy (Australian grammar)

:: Tennyson's Idylls of the King (Epic poetry from this term's poet)

:: How Did We Find about About Black Holes? by Isaac Asimov (CM science)

:: The Thunder: A Novel on John Knox by Douglas Bond (for our trip)

:: The Von Trapp Family Singers (AO6)

:: Consider This by Karen Glass (for the second time) (CM education)

:: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Free read)

:: How Sleep the Brave! by J. H. Hunter (for our trip)

:: The Radium Woman by Doorly (CM science)

:: Ten Fingers for God by Paul Brand (as an adjunct to Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. Also CM Science.)

Eighteen climactic endings! What a week! I tried to find a clever collective noun for climactic endings, but I had no success. Bliss works for me.

Are you finishing any books this week? What are you looking forward to reading next?

(My friend, Jacqueline suggested I label the books that are not on the AO7 list, so I've done that. The books without brackets are from the regular AO7 Booklist.)




Posted by Jeanne

I'm sorry I have been absent without leave. I have been busy. Ahem.

:: We launched AO's science for Years 6 and 7 yesterday. It has been a labour of love, but I am over-the-moon-excited. Do please have a look and tell me what you think. Of course, it is all new, and untried. No doubt there will be problems that need to be ironed out, but at least it is a start.

:: I have started a new crochet project. The yarn is two ply, and it is as fine as cotton, done on a 3mm needle. It has just about brought me to my knees. Already.

:: Our speeded-up AO7 Term 2 finishes next week. We are going too quickly, and taking too long and my daughter is persecuting me, but I say short term pain; long term gain. She...doesn't. We have finished Henty's In Freedom's Cause, and have six more chapters of Ivanhoe. We're halfway through The Daughter of Time. We should have all those finished by next Friday. We are running behind on How the Heather Looks, but I really want to read this before we reach England, so I may need to take it with me. I'm busy loading my kindle - what else would you take?

:: In less than a fortnight I shall be in Ambleside with Karen. What would you like us to photograph while we're there? I haven't started packing - I always do that at the last moment, but I am washing everything that is not being worn. My family needs to ask permission of me before getting dressed in the morning. The neatly stacked piles of freshly ironed clothes are most satisfying.

:: My church is planning a mission trip to Kobe in Japan, and Jemimah and I have put up our hands to go. We meet on Saturday night, so I have been pricing aeroplane tickets, and train passes, and even boats. It is strange planning a trip to Japan in December/January when we will be there in a few weeks.

:: We have had lots of business meetings. We have terrific staff, but 10 weeks is a long time to be away. I hope we have covered everything. Leaving our business has been the most time consuming of all, I think.

:: We leave home next Friday night. One week. This blog will shortly become a travel log. I hope that is okay. You have been warned. Heh.




Posted by Jeanne

Our weekend started last night. Hubby had some (truly minor) medical procedures early this morning, and we had to be in Bendigo far earlier than is polite. Still, a long weekend has its own rewards, so we're happy.

Do you look forward to the weekends? I do. I love the more relaxed pace of our days, and I love having the three of us together for hours on end. Here's what I'm especially looking forward to this weekend:

:: Seeing the Australian Ballet performing Imperial Suite at the Art Centre on Saturday night, preceded by dinner at the Cafe Vic. Subscribing to the ballet season is one of the best things that we do together as a family. We all love it.

:: Finishing my book, Births, Deaths and Marriages by Georgia Blain. A memoir by the daughter of Ellis Blain and Anne Deveson, both icons of Australian journalism, and both part of my childhood, I feel sort of voyeuristic reading about what went on behind their closed front door, but it is actually a real good read, and I am enjoying it.

:: Doing a little bit of shopping for our trip. Only 16 sleeps to go. Can you believe it? We also need to purchase a gift for F-i-L's 80th birthday. Any ideas?

:: Having my hubby pain-free and happy.

:: Coffee, Thai food, lunch at my mum's, Sunday Worship, champagne - all the simple things that make weekends special.

Hope your weekend is just as good. What's on with you and yours?



Physics books in order

Posted by Jeanne

Sometimes I use my blog so I don't forget stuff. This is what this post is.

I have been really pleased with the way our physics books have worked, one leading into the other; knowledge building on knowledge. Here are the books we've used, in the order we've read them, just so I don't forget. Please notice that some of the books are not physics books, but they are useful in the next stage of physics study, so you sort of need them to move to the next level.

I'll try to write more about some of these books later, but at least I have them written down now. Maybe they'll be useful to some of you, too.

Just one more thing. Only the first two of these are official AO books. I take the blame for the others.


Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity by Robert Cwiklik - Physics

Secrets of the Universe: Discovering the Universal Laws of Science by Paul Fleisher - Physics

The Mystery of the Periodic Table by Benjamin D. Wiker - Chemistry

Who Made the Moon? A Father Explores How Science and Faith Agree by Sigmund Brouwer -Christian old earth creation

The Search for Planet X by Tony Simon



The Wonder of Light: A Picture Story of How and Why We See by Hyman Ruchlis.

A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking -Cosmology and Space

How Did We Find Out About Black Holes? By Isaac Asimov - Astrophysics and Space




Longtime Passing

Posted by Jeanne

Teddy Truelove is one of my childhood friends, as real to me as the girls who lived down the street, only perhaps more so, because I could read about Teddy over and over again. She lived with her family in the remote Candlebark forests of the Blue Moutains of New South Wales in a hut that her father, Edwin, hewed from bark slabs for his wife and children, cutting the logs from the forest that surrounded them and provided their livelihood. Teddy's father has settled in Longtime with his brothers, Merlin, Sean and Vance, because doctors have told him that only the fresh mountain air will keep his beloved daughter, Teddy's elder sister, alive. It is a life of hardships, of failed orange orchards, bushfire, and the Depression, but for Teddy and her siblings, it is also a life filled with freedom, adventure, and fun. Family are always present - the uncles woo their girlfriends, the aunts helping to manage the household.

Children and older folk, too, when they planted the freshly turned earth, somehow planted themselves. So that always and forever, wherever they went, whatever season it might be, whatever the time of day, those roots would draw them back... This was Longtime as I remember it. This was the country of my childhood.

Lettie, Teddy's mother, ‘felt as though she and the children were the only inhabitants of a lost world’. Born to a life of leisure in the genteel suburbs of Sydney, she dedicates herself to supporting her husband and raising and educating her children as best she can, disappearing at night into endless re-readings of Pride and Prejudice.

Longtime Passing tells the history of the early Australian explorers and the problems they encounter 'going west', through the seemingly impenetrable barrier of the Great Dividing Range. It talks of the convict labourers, the struggles of the first settlers - and, of course, the Aborigines. Brinsmead is sometimes criticised for telling what is probably a fictional story of the ritual sacrifice of a young aboriginal woman who leads white man across the mountains, but Longtime Passing also deals sensitively with the aborigines and their cultural heritage and spiritual beliefs.

Teddy seems real, because she almost is. Longtime Passing is the only slightly fictionalised story of Brinsmead's own childhood. It is the first of three books in the Longtime trilogy, along with Longtime Dreaming, the memoir of Brinsmead's father, and the delightful Christmas at Longtime. They're out of print, but easily available through my friend Abe. We read them in AO7. You should too.


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