Quote of the day

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. – Robert Louis Stevenson

35 Responses to Quote of the day

  1. robertguyton says:

    Kauri forests particularly so.
    It’s all very well to plant new kauri to replace an ancient one, but it’s not the same. Much is lost when an old tree is felled and it sure is hard to put them back up (though Rawa did it, we are told).


  2. Willdwan says:

    We have two stands of heavy native bush. I like them, but…there is something a little creepy about them, when you go right in. You can see how Tolkien got some of his inspiration.


  3. Andrei says:

    Robert Louis Stevenson lived in a land that had long since cleared its forests and rid the land of its dangerous animals. The forests that existed did so for the most part as carefully tended playgrounds for those in charge i.e. the aristocracy

    The last Wolf being recorded in the time of Henry VII more than 300 years before RLS was born.

    So there wasn’t much danger in forests except if you were a poor man caught in one with a hare you had taken to feed your hungry kids


  4. Andrei says:

    This is just plain weird: What the kauri has seen

    D’ya Greens really believe that the Kauri celebrated when Henry VIII ascended the throne or was horrified in 1936 by the formation of a new political alliance in New Zealand called the “National Party” ?

    The Kauri hasn’t seen anything! It hasn’t got eyes and it doesn’t have a brain.

    Kauri’s in fact are notorious for being boring conversationalists, you wouidn’t invite one home for dinner


  5. farmerbraun says:

    ” that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. – ”

    Yes , oxygen has that effect. RLS was not so much of a biologist.
    Photosynthesis rules! 🙂


  6. farmerbraun says:

    “It hasn’t got eyes and it doesn’t have a brain.”

    Well it may not be alone in those aspects.
    C’mon Andrei, you know that anthropomorphism is a fundamental tenet of the “green” religion.


  7. Andrei says:

    Thinking on it farmerbraun you might get more sense out of a conversation with a Kauri tree than one with someone whose name who we wont mention but derailed a thread the other day with speculation on whether rescuing a child from a burning building was trespass and hence an illegal action


  8. farmerbraun says:

    I couldn’t possibly comment on that 🙂


  9. robertguyton says:

    Your attacks on greens, Greens and people who value trees for more than their monetary value is…really something, Homies. Congratulations!
    You’d welcome an equivalent discussion from me on the qualities of National Party “orcs”, destroyers of the environment and all that is natural and good?
    Yes? ‘Cause I love that sort of debate.
    Let me know.


  10. Andrei says:

    Who trusted God was love indeed
    And love Creation’s final law
    Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw
    With ravine, shriek’d against his creed

    Very well Robert a debate

    What makes you think that everything natural is good?

    You may well think the 15th century Englishman who killed the last wolf, a destroyer of the environment, an action of greed but was life in 15th century England a bed of roses? Or was the conflict between men a wolves a matter of survival, one which the English wolves lost.

    Was Merrie Olde England a really merry? Or was it a land of sickness, early death and sporadic famines?

    Life is a struggle, the Gates to the Garden of Eden are closed to us.

    This story from the second decade of 21st century London, a rarity in the first world but still one of our realities.


  11. robertguyton says:

    The gates to the Garden of Eden are not closed to us, Andrei.
    Therein lies the difference in our philosophies.
    The conflict between Man and wolves is only in the mind of Man. That can change. The lion can lie down with the lamb. It takes though, a superb manager of the natural world to cause that to happen.


  12. Andrei says:

    You know Robert Guyton, you Greens seriously piss me off

    “National Party “orcs” its all just partisan politics to you – empty babble

    You’ve spent the last week going on and on about a stupid tree in Auckland, a city with over a million inhabitants, some of who will sleep tonight under motorway underpasses, a wretched circumstance for anyone to find themselves in.

    Here’s a story from a couple of days back that nobody gave a shit about – this is what might rip at my heart strings not trees.

    I don’t have the answers to these human tragedies, I wish I did but the dickhead who spent four days up a tree could have maybe better spent his time with some poor lonely old person bringing some comfort into their lives and making the world just a tiny bit better for it


  13. Mr E says:

    “Homies” attack greens according to Robert. Robert the most prolific contributor to Homepaddock. Robert are you a ‘Homie’?


  14. jabba says:

    I wounder what bOb’s house is made of?


  15. jabba says:

    and telling the truth about the Greens isn’t attacking them bOb.


  16. farmerbraun says:

    “Your attacks on greens, Greens and people who value trees for more than their monetary value is…”

    I never felt under attack in any way.
    Did I miss something?


  17. TraceyS says:

    My son gave a “shit” Andrei. It was interesting to compare his reaction to hearing on the radio about that poor man with hearing about the tree debacle. Children can be so grounding sometimes. Strange such a wonderful being could be produced by a couple of “orcs”. The wonders of nature!!


  18. robertguyton says:

    A “stupid tree” – that’s orc-talk, Andrei, supporting my view of you “Homies” and speaking of stupid, “Homies” that “wounder” what my house is made of (ginger-bread, of course) say it all when they thick-finger out those sorts of comments. And Andrei, anguishing over the tree-climber who didn’t “spend time with some poor, lonely old person”, I have to ask, did you?
    Jabba. It’s easier when you don’t try so hard. Relax. let it flow.
    Farmerbraun – yes, I believe you did. I’ll fill you in as time goes by.
    Tracey – the mind-picture you’ve created, orcy-you and your orcy-partner, in the process of creating a wonderful being, is just disturbing.


  19. robertguyton says:

    Though I’m thinking I’d like to hear what your wonderful being said about the tree-climbing-guy. I’m betting I’ll like it.


  20. robertguyton says:

    Andrei calls him a “dickhead”. I wonder what you wonder said?


  21. TraceyS says:

    Robert, I’m not responsible for your disturbed “mind-pictures”.

    There are people who can help with that sort of thing though.


  22. Andrei says:

    Robert Guyton, you asked for the opportunity to debate the issues surrounding the environment and people modifying it to accommodate their needs

    And I, more fool me, attempted to engage with you in a respectful manner as an adult.

    But as usual you just bombed this thread as you have so many others with multiple posts containing nothing but mental feces.

    Like the tree climbing guy you have nothing to contribute to the betterment of this world and instead choose to spend your time being a pain in the arse.

    From this point on I shall just ignore you and my advice to other people to do the same and just not engage with this silly little man


  23. jabba says:

    I have a funny feeling that the house that bOb built is made of ……………………………….. wood


  24. robertguyton says:

    “What makes you think that everything natural is good?”
    I don’t think that everything that is natural is good, Andrei.
    I think that everything that is natural is natural.
    Why do you seek to define nature as “good” or “bad”?
    Isn’t that why we were buffed out of the Garden?


  25. robertguyton says:



  26. robertguyton says:

    Jabba – my house is made of dried mung beans and hemp.


  27. jabba says:

    no bOb .. wood. You eat and or smoke mung beans and hemp. It’s what Hillbillies do


  28. robertguyton says:

    What a polite fellow you are Jabba!
    You make the hearts of your right-wing mates swell with pride!
    You’re a Homie, through and through.


  29. jabba says:

    wood bOb, your house is made of wood and wood comes from ??????????????


  30. Gravedodger says:

    @ Andrei you finally nailed it.
    Guyton is like a skittery heifer, causes trouble, makes things messy and any productive outcome wont be worth the hassle.
    All that potential yet no value.


  31. farmerbraun says:

    And many are the farmers who have persevered with the said animal , but ultimately have had to admit that it wasn’t worth the effort.


  32. Ray says:

    But as usual you just bombed this thread as you have so many others with multiple posts containing nothing but mental feces……
    my advice to other people to do the same and just not engage with this silly little man

    Beautifully expressed Andrei. Thank you.


  33. gegallas says:

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Thought you might be interested in my short film “Death Is No Bad Friend” about Robert Louis Stevenson: http://www.hatchfund.org/project/death_is_no_bad_friend Best regards, G. E.


  34. robertguyton says:

    Andrei said:
    “you have nothing to contribute to the betterment of this world”
    yet just today, I passed-by a tree without cutting it down…


  35. Richard says:

    Well expressed Andre, Ray and Gravedodger- this is why I cannot be bother commenting any longer on this blog. The topics are interesting and sometimes provocative- with constructive comments even though I might not agree.
    The exception is RG who is troll. Interesting conversation with friends the other night when the talk went to blogs and favorites or not – this blog got high marks for content – with three people saying the blog was losing its quality by the “inane”- that was the word used – comments of RG and his dominance.
    I was happy to hear this from people who read the blog or used to, – its just not me- but sad that RG has dragged the quality down and is putting off readers and potential commentators


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