Yesterday, on our dog walk, we decided to take a slightly different route: doing
so, we bumped into our near neighbour, a fellow pug owner named Damo. He
was driving along Plateau Road in his 'down to earth' car, as opposed to his usual
red Mustang convertible with Rocketboy usually taking the passenger seat to
enjoy the breeze. No Rocky this time, and Damien stopped his vehicle in the
middle of the road to ask how the boys were. I asked him about Rocketboy. The
thing is Rocketboy has been very sick for some time now (he just turned 15), and
everybody in the neighbourhood seems to be quite concerned about him. Rocky
is still getting worse, but apparently he still wishes to be with us, so he's hanging
We actually wanted to take this route to see, if we'd find some more fallen
Woody Pear seed-pods. We've got some two dozen already, but I'm collecting
more for our artist friend Kurt, who wants to draw the shapes of them.
Apparently our area is the only place in Sydney region, where there Woody Pears
are growing in the wild.
We were lucky - we found five pods, usually it's only about a few per year!
Here's one 'pear' still on the tree, outside Damien's place:
Damien is the lead singer of a band called The Celibate Rifles (he's also a well
known sports commentator in Australia). Here's some information about the band
and Damien on the ABC website:
The CELIBATE RIFLES BIO
Playing stripped-down, loud, and fast Ramones-inspired guitar rock, the Celibate
Rifles were one of the earliest punk bands to emerge during the post-Radio
They exploded out of the gates in 1982 with a series of records (released in
Australia only) fuelled by high-speed guitars, wah-wah-strangulated solos, and
cartoon-ish, tongue-in-cheek lyrics.
Playing initially for crowds of hard rock-loving surfers, it didn't take long for the
Rifles to develop a following especially for their 1985 release of Quintessentially
Yours, a lengthy EP that was a collection of tracks from earlier albums.
Lovelock has also released a solo album (It's a Wig, Wig, Wig,World) with
members of the Church.
Here's one 'pear' from our 'fruit basket':
They have two seeds in the woody pod, here's one we found that hadn't fallen
from the pod when it split: