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Werewolf Meditations in Green of Rainbow Valley Oz

Hi, it’s Susie Dentinfang, I hope you enjoyed all your nut roasts and sprouts over the holidays, and haven’t been worrying too much about Grey, Bonzo and Elle in the Rainbow Valley. Thanks to my fantastically foxy colleague Wachel Wiley-Coyote for guesting in my last planned blog, and I’m delighted to say that I’m now back on tip-top form. Moreover, as it’s the Full Moon tonight, I don’t have to do any more countdowning. It was a great moon last night, so I hope it pops through the clouds again tonight.

Full Moon HDR
Full Moon HDR (Photo credit: qwincowper)

Werewolf of Oz in the Rainbow Valley

As I was free from countdowning, the Greenygrey said I could fulfil a dream I’ve had for many moons, and that’s to introduce an episode of my favourite book of the twenty-first century: Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps.

So I thought I’d combine my countdowning with my introducing, to create my own inimitable style. And here it is: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Werewolf of Oz:

35.  MEDITATIONS IN GREEN OF GREEN 

My dream in green seemed to continue for an age, and I remember it vividly.

We Gotta Get out of This Place
We Gotta Get out of This Place (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Meditations in Green to Animals Soundtrack

I didn’t want to leave the comfort I felt in green, and the way it reminded me of Green, but I thought I could hear the song We Gotta Get Out This Place again. I opened my eyes and saw that Bonzo and Elle had been joined around a bush telly by the Animals I dreamt about in Latham, Western Australia. I took the hint and rose from my slumber. Between my decision and standing up, the Animals and telly disappeared, leaving just Bonzo and Elle sitting on the grass.

They were very understanding about my time-out, saying it was nice to see me awake and refreshed. I didn’t mention seeing the other stuff, as they might have thought I was losing it!

The original cover of Trail Of The Lonesome Pi...
The original cover of Trail Of The Lonesome Pine (1975) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I certainly did feel refreshed, and it was as if my sleep had provided the green light to speed through green. It wasn’t long before I could see blue-ridged mountains in the distance. I remembered how Green and I passed through blue-ridged mountains on our North American ramble, meeting those two chaps searching for the lonesome pine.

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Notes

Blue-ridged mountains feature in the song, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, with Laurel and Hardy having sung a memorable version.
Meditations in Green is a book by Stephen Wright.

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Rainbow Valley Red, Orange, Yellow and Green

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Thanks for all your visits this year, and to those who’ve bought or rented our books. We thought there was only one way to bow out for the holiday season, and that’s with another thrilling episode of your favourite werewolf travels Australia to the theme of Wizard of Oz book.

 It seems that Grey has already had a book full of adventures, but it was only a quarter of the way through its journey when it entered the Rainbow Valley on the border between the Northern Territory and South Australia. Have a great holiday!

34.  GREY’S DREAMTIME IN THE RAINBOW VALLEY

After thanking Croc and Heath for their advice we waved farewell to the Hughmongers. It rather tired us out, as for a relatively small town their numbers were humongous.

We soon reached the red rocks entrance into the Rainbow Valley, and it got real colourful from then on.

Rainbow Valley
Rainbow Valley (Photo credit: igormazic)

Red

Red animals abounded within the red of Rainbow Valley. Within the first hour I’d seen red kangaroos, red foxes, red-necked wallabies and redback spiders. Although we could see them clearly, and walked amongst them, no animals acknowledged our existence.

English: Red Kangaroos are common in central A...
English: Red Kangaroos are common in central Australia, although they tend to avoid people. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was also red hot there, but the red river did not entice us to its banks.

Mars was the only celestial object visible in the sky, and it glowed brighter than I’d ever seen before; it was indeed a red planet.

Orange

The red turned to orange after a few miles, and the temperature cooled somewhat. I was all of a sudden reminded of Halloween, and the autumn/fall season. I saw no animals in orange, and instead it seemed to be full of fruit and vegetables.

Pologne - Toussaint 2010
Pologne – Toussaint 2010 (Photo credit: mayanais)

The natural goodies included pumpkins, nectarines, mangoes, carrots, apricots; and of course, oranges. But even though they looked delicious, we didn’t feel the desire to devour.

Yellow 

Orange faded to yellow an hour or two later, and it felt as if we were inside a golden paradise. It was as if all the gold in the universe was spread out in front of us.

English: Pot of Gold in Arkengarthdale We had ...
Pot of Gold in Arkengarthdale: particularly intense rainbow with its pot of gold somewhere on the valley floor between Faggergill and Whaw. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But even though the gold looked shiny and beautiful, we didn’t feel tempted to extract it and weigh ourselves down; instead, we continued our walkabout.

Green

Sometime later; I was losing track of time to tell you the truth; the yellow turned green, as if mixed with blue. Memories of my Green surged through me. Our happy times together in the past lifted my mood, but then I thought of our current situation, and it made me lethargic.

Green Vegetation
Green Vegetation (Photo credit: Bohemianism)

Thick vegetation also made passage difficult, and tired me out further. I suggested a rest stop, and fell into a deep sleep soon after sitting down.

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Werewolf of Oz Hugh-gely Celebrity Packed Episode

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. It’s that Werewolf of Oz time of the week, and it’s a celebrity-packed episode. At the Greenygrey we’re careful to only satire celebrities, who are already in the public-eye; and we usually include celebrities we like, and in a positive manner. Similarly, we hope the Werewolf of Oz will create interest in the Oz towns and regions it visits.

The great gig in the sky
The great gig in the sky (Photo credit: Sandeep Murali)

This episode is evidence of that, telling the tale of when our terrific travelling trio reached the Aussie outback town of Hugh after the Great Gig in the Sky.

This episode also sees Elle on the road to recuperation, as she re-discovers the use of her body; starting off the body, mind and spirit health emphasis in the story, mirroring brain, heart and courage in the Wizard of Oz. So fasten your seat-belts, hold on tight, we’re off to Oz:

32.  ELLE USES BODY 

After returning to terra-firma we spent a couple more days with Alice and Wally before it felt time to move on. We thanked them for their hospitality, bade them farewell, and returned to the path.

There were none of the shenanigans we’d suffered before meeting Alice. Feeling chuffed with our progress, and thirsty too, we thought we’d stop for refreshments in the town of Hugh, although it wasn’t huge.

Who’s Who in Hugh’s Who Bar?

Cover of "Crocodile Dundee"
Cover of Crocodile Dundee

We saw a bar called ‘Who’, which looked like the local celebrity hang-out, so we thought we’d give it a try.

Heath Ledger and Crocodile Dundee were drinking together at the bar. I asked them who else frequented Hugh’s Who. Croc said Hugh Jackman used to pop in, but he now preferred Hugh’s ‘Here’ bar.

Elle Carries Us to the Bush Telly

We got caught up in the friendly atmosphere at the bar, and it turned into a heavy day on the ol’ amber nectar. Later on, everybody moved over to Hugh’s ‘There’ bar for a nightcap. Hugh Jackman was there. I was surprised to see Hugh there in Hugh’s ‘There’, as Croc had said he preferred Hugh’s ‘Here’.

Bush Telly display
Bush Telly display (Photo credit: Christchurch City Libraries)

Bonzo was worse for wear by the end of it, and I wasn’t much better. Elle ended up carrying us both over to a bush telly they had burning on the edge of town.

I can’t remember much there, but I remember asking ‘Who’s there?’ when somebody bumped into me soon after I lay down… and the bush telly’s flames making it look like there was a heavenly hue over Hugh’s ‘Here’ bar.

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Notes

bush telly – Aussie slang for a campfire.
Heath Ledger and Hugh Jackman (both actors).
Crocodile Dundee (fictional film and main character).

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Sunday is a Fun Day at the Greenygrey

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. We hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend, and think that if there’s one thing the dog-end of a good weekend needs, it’s a Werewolf of Oz episode.

Enkidu
Enkidu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this thrilling episode, Grey and Bonzo; who you might have noticed are travelling, not only like Dorothy and Toto from the Wizard of Oz, but also like Gilgamesh and Enkidu, and Kerouac and Cassady, if you read our recent blog and Marc Latham’s latest post on fmpoetry; eat up the Oz google map miles by visiting Nitmiluk, having crossed the state border from Western Australia to the Northern Territories.

We love a bargain at the Greenygrey, so the BOGOF (buy one get one free) offers have a special place in our minds… but have since been downgraded after the arrival of ‘buy one get two free’ and ‘better than half price’ offers.

So without further ado, here’s the first story of what is really Chapter Two:

24.  BOGOL IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

Kimberley showed us the way through her land, and took us to the edge of the Northern Territory. We thanked her and bade her farewell, before going farther into the outback.

Kermy’s Kermits Copy Herman’s Hermits

We grabbed a few hours sleep in the late morning, before running with the road trains in the early afternoon. We reached Nitmiluk at tea-time. There were rollicking rhapsodies emitting from a tavern in the middle of town called The One More Before I Croak, so we thought we’d enter for a drink or three.

It turned out to be a wise decision, because a frog fivesome Herman’s Hermits copy band called Kermy’s Kermits were belting out classic croak n’ roll tunes on stage.

Southern Rockhole, Jatbula Trail, Nitmiluk Nat...
Southern Rockhole, Jatbula Trail, Nitmiluk National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Knit Me Luck in Nitmiluk

It started to get chilly in the evening, so we went shopping for extra clothing. It didn’t take long to find a cheap sheep shop. Moreover, it had a buy one knitted jumper and get one knitted for luck offer. It sounded like an interesting variation on the BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) theme: more BOGOL. It seemed ideal for me and Bonzo to get one each.

So we did indeed partake in the offer, and Bonzo had a jumper knitted for luck by a serenely sleepy sheep called Siddharta.

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Notes

Kermit the Frog (Muppets character).
Herman’s Hermits (1960s band).
Siddharta (the original Buddha).

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Rainbow Roy G Biv Anagram Reflections Mirror Poem

A vectorized version of Rainbow-diagram-ROYGBI...
Image via Wikipedia

This poem was inspired by Marc Latham’s mind time in the Rainbow Valley; in Australia’s Northern Territory on the border with South Australia.  That was while writing up the Werewolf of Oz.

Marc Latham was just going to scoot through at first, but then got caught up in the valley, and found out a bit about rainbows while there.

When he realised that green was in the middle of the seven colour Newtonian rainbow spectrum (there are other theories too) and there was an anagram of ROY G BIV to remember it he thought it fitted nicely into the Folding Mirror format.

What follows is not the greatest poetic opus ever, or probably even ever by Marc Latham, but he quite enjoys its aesthetics, and hopes you do too. 

He also hopes it’ll help him and you remember the formation; unless you already know ROY well of course.

Here’s the piece: