WHAT were those monks doing? Well, they were doing much the same
as the DH Lawrence Society of Australia was doing on that balmy
Spring morning on Saturday 20th November, 2010 - they were relaxing
in spring sunshine at Jubilee Park, Glebe.
We watched them walking
by as we sat under the shade of a tree by the water's edge of
Rozelle Bay. Almost above us was the glorious span of the Anzac
Bridge, and across the Bay, as our President, John Lacey, pointed
out, were some historic vessels moored, including the 1902 steam
tug, Waratah, the old Sydney ferry, Kanangra, and
a 1927 Brisbane River pilot steamer, the John Oxley (see
Robin Archer and Evie
Harrison brought delicious picnic food, as did our President John
Lacey and Vice-President Rob Darroch. Greg Baran brought his dog,
Bella, who enjoyed her day out. But, sadly, it was one of her
last excursions, because she died of leukemia on Boxing Day, leaving
Greg and his family devastated.
Kerie and Roger Hooke
came a little later and added their contribution to the feast.
Alex and Peter Lansdown sent their aplogieis - they were in the
middle of selling their house.
The conversation drifted
leisurely around topics such as the history of Glebe and we had
a laugh about the decision by the Union, University & Schools
Club to ban philosophy speakers giving talks to the Club if they
refused to wear a tie. (I arranged these talks, which are now
being transferred to the Blackheth Philosophy Forum.)
Other matters discussed
were the annual Harbour cruise on the steam yacht, Lady Hopetoun,
planned for later in 2011, and the 12th International DH Lawrence
Conference to be held in Sydney late June-early July (see more
details page 5).
Meanwhile, the water
swirled peacefully by. A perfect DH Lawrence Society Spring picnic.
sat by the water's edge at Rozelle Bay
The Buddhist monks
Leisurely conversation in the shade
Baran with Bella
vessels (see details in main stor)