Looking down from one of Australia's smallest mountains, now
just called Comerford's hill to the Hunter River. The story of this
downgraded mountain is, however, another story. I must remember
to write it down when I get some down-time.
My wife has been away, so I have been laying down large slabs of pre-prepared text for an extremely large history of science with a few excursions into technology. It started as part of the Not Your Usual series, but I don't think it will quite fit that mould.
More of that project later, but my pen will be down for a week as we take a bit of a break. I will probably be messing around the edges of the project, but we are going to be out and about, enjoying the good weather.
Now about down: this word came to us from the Celtic word dún, meaning a hill fort, also seen in the old name for Edinburgh, which is Dunedin, a name now preserved in an intensely Scots city in New Zealand, and Florida has a Dunedin as well.
Adoun the steyre anoon-right tho she wente
In-to the gardin, with hir neces three,
And up and doun ther made many a wente,
In England, 'down' took on a new meaning in the 19th century, when all trains going away from London were 'down trains' (except to Dr Spooner, who may or may not have said "Sir, you have hissed all my mystery lectures, and must leave by the next town drain") and trains approaching London were seen as going up to London, so they were 'up trains'.