Tuesday, September 12, 2006

"A Peppercorn Story"

They planted rows and rows of Peppercorn trees
along the railway line...
The first(the very first) steam rail line in Australia in 1852
They planted them on either side of the track
They stretched from the sea to the city,or the city to the sea
Some 3 miles in the old language of measurements
Protected by stakes and old flour bags
Tendered lovingly by Council garden staff

They grew and grew and grew
Over the years, many were lost to pollution
from the rubber factory along the line
Some cut down for development,
some died during the 150+ years
Trees like Peppercorns had a well known history
in the working class suburb
Never, no never cut them back ,
they are meant to flow, bounce in the wind,drop their pink balls

Now their roots are trimmed as they find their way
across the road lifting it up in large cracks
This is done every 10 years or so
Under the watchful eye of the Historical Society garden lovers
They are heritage listed
and if one is lucky to travel on the rail line
now no longer a steam or electric train
but....a light rail similiar to a tram as it
trundles along the same track from the city
to the sea...

If you are lucky enough to take this short journey
look to your left and look to your right
and take in or even count!
The Peppercorn trees
planted so long ago
Monika thank for for reminding me
of another bit of my history....

Lois (Muse of the Sea) 13.9.06


At 1:01 AM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

Lois, thanks for posting this. I know where you mean too. It's great these are protected. Just brilliant.

At 7:29 AM, Blogger Vi Jones said...

An intere4sting piece of history. Lois, if I ever visit Australia, will you escort me for a ride on that rail line so I can enjoy the Peppercorns, too.


At 11:36 AM, Blogger The Gate Keeper said...

A wonderful tribute to Peppercorn trees. Nice.

At 9:55 PM, Blogger Gail Kavanagh said...

Beautiful, lois. I shall this picture you have given me with Japans cherry blossom festival and the beautiful jacarandas at Grafton.

At 9:55 PM, Blogger Gail Kavanagh said...

i meant file of course - how can you mkiss a whole word? :-)


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