Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Six wishes for a dollar

bSilverFallsCreekOn Saturday afternoon I joined my Hobart brother’s family for a stroll along the Pipeline Track at Fern Tree, with our initial destination being the Wishing Well.

It was a glorious day, the air was redolent with damp bushy smells, and the mossy banks beside the track were trickling with the groundflow of water from recent rains and snow. My six nieces and nephews were in exuberant moods, and so we were a somewhat noisy crowd.

I’m afraid I didn’t help matters, because there are a few bridges and partial barriers where it seemed that the right of passage ought to be questioned with the Monty Python classic interrogatory sequence:

“What is your name?”
<respond in the way that matches whatever character/person you happen to be today>

“What is your quest?”
<to which the standard reply is “I seek the Holy Grail”>


“What is your favourite colour?”
<where the most humour-filled response is “Blue … no …. ye*—   AAAAGGggghhhhh” … after which you mime falling off the bridge/side of the path … or, just general, exploding/dying with dramatic effect**)

At the Wishing Well I managed to find enough 20c pieces for wishes for all (T completed a ritual walking around the well three times; apparently this method doesn’t require monetary offering in return for a wish!), and then we walked a little further before retracing our steps and adding a detour to the pretty Silver Falls. Here fresh cold mountain creek water was consumed enthusiastically, prior to returning to the car park.

Just before reaching the end we took some photos at the old reversible trolley car seat that has been a fixture beside the track since I was a kid.

It was a fun day; I’m looking forward to some more such walks with the family now that it’s heading into spring.



* For some reason I have always stored this in my mind as “Red … no … blue”, but I am wrong. I am trying to learn better.

** If this means nothing to you, then you will have to google “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”. It is a very silly movie.***

*** This is a quote (well, sort of)****

**** This might well be regarded as a Pythonesque sequence of footnotes*****.

***** No newts were harmed in the making of this sequence of footnotes … or, if they were, they got better.

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