Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas. As you all know mummy writes a weekly column in the local paper about local history and stuff. Me and Nellie are not very interested in what she writes about. She says as hard as she tries, she has not been able to figure out a way to get a mention of Me and Nellie in her articles. In the course of doing some
surfing the internet research, she found this poem and thought she’d share it. For your information super is the name for super-phosphate fertilizer. Love Nellie and Jasper who might disappear for a while. It would appear S.O.D has been visiting again.
The valley grew so wealthy
From the super-pilots’ loads
The farmers all bought big new motor cars
And they tar-sealed our back-country roads.
The farmers’ wives drove out every day
To the big bright shops in town –
And the Mangamahu store went bankrupt,
The Mangamahu pub closed down.
Raining riches from the sky
But we all went chasing the bright city lights
And we let our community die. ………………………………….
………..Super-Man John Archer, 1979
The following is a photo of Polson’s bridge, just up the road from our house.