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Time for a tree giveaway


I have created one of my oil pastel trees just for you. It is small, A5 (8 x 6 inches; 12 x 15 cm) and on good quality watercolour paper. Unfortunately, it is only for one of you. ☹️ And you have to do a little bit to earn it. Let me explain……

To celebrate the launch of my new series of trees I want to give away this drawing. To win it leave me a comment by Sunday 5th March. Then, on Monday, I will write all the names on slips of paper and the Fella will pull one out of the hat. I will happily post it any where in the world.

So what do you need to do?

As you know I have recently been over to Western Australia. In the southern part of the state there are many towns with names that end in ‘up’. We stayed for a couple of nights in Manjimup ~ a wonderful name that is fun to say. How about this for a list:

  • Coolbellup
  • Kendenup
  • Myalup
  • Nannup
  • Noggerup
  • Wannaup
  • and many more

The suffix originated in a dialect of Noongar, an Indigenous Australian language, in which “-up” means “place of”. The suffix “-in” or “-ing” has a similar meaning in a related dialect of Noongar.[1] Places tended to be named after their distinctive features, whereby the place names could be used to create a “mental map” allowing Indigenous Australians to determine where water, food and other raw materials could be found. These sites were often located near sources of fresh water, leading to the common misconception that “up” and “in” mean “near water”.[1]

The Fella and I had great fun with these names ~ well I did anyway! I created my own ‘Up’ towns. Wheat fields would flash past the car window and all of a sudden I would ‘Pipeup’ with ‘Buggerup’ or ‘Fillerup’. It certainly whiled away the time! I came up with a good list, but most of my pearls are lost ~ my memory is not what it once was, sigh. Here’s a few I do remember

  • Shutup
  • Timeisup
  • Standup
  • Liveitup
  • CanIfillitup

So, your job is to help me compile my list. You need to ‘Makeup’ your own ‘Up’ town and leave it in the comments. I will happily accept other languages, as of course the originals were not English names. So that’s all you have to do….. Have fun!


32 replies on “Time for a tree giveaway”

These great names certainly put you into the hat, so you might be lucky enough to win this one. That may help solve your dilemma (but don’t let me stop you from buying another 😃)


I love your local interpretation! Do people make their own maple syrup? Speaking of feeling lucky, there is a gambling game in Australia played with two coins, called, of course, TwoUp!


Your question about making syrup set me back on my heels! I thought, “Of course they make it–how else would they get it?” But it also reminds me how much of a regional thing this is since sugar maples grow in so few areas, etc. I think the only way, really, to get maple syrup is from a small producer or from your own trees. The “maple” syrup in stores is maple-flavored corn syrup. On the farm, when I was a kid, we had a sugar shack (the local French Canadians call them “cabanes a sucre”) and made our own syrup. My cousins still make their own, for use and to sell–it’s a huge big deal here this time of year!


Thanks for that link. It opened my eyes to a new world! How wonderful to know that traditions are still being carried on. Your cousins must produce a lot of syrup to feed that many people. I rarely eat maple syrup, but when I do I am sure it is the maple flavoured corn-syrup stuff.


My cousins’ output varies, depending on the length of the season when the sap runs. Usually they have plenty for the pancake breakfast and to sell to people at the breakfast as well, and then they have a small store in an open part of their home where people can buy on an honor system. They do it all, though, not for money, but to keep the family tradition alive. This region, and Vermont and Quebec, has dozens of small producers of syrup–it makes spring extra lovely!

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Perhaps for politics it should be a warning ~ Headsup! ~ and definitely with the exclamation mark. Is Grubsup (i.e. snouts in troughs) too long a bow? I guess it is if I had to explain it 😉


I’ve already forgotten what others have suggested. Do you have a Startup yet? Or Openup? Stitchitup, Ripitup,… this is addictive!


Meanwhile, I’ve finally gone back to scan previous posts and I have to say I like Cocklebiddy the best! (I don’t have any trouble understanding your obsession with the trees. We have madronas around here with iron red trunks and something of the growth pattern of the acacias, etc. Nature is wonderful!)


How could we have missed the towns of Openup or Startup? I am glad I don’t live in Stitchitup because I would have trouble spelling it correctly!! Your madrona trees sound wonderful.I will have to Lookthemup 😄


If you lived in Womanup then Yarnup would have to be just down the road! With Upcylcle we would need to populate a new state with towns that began with Up-……Uptheroad, Upstairs, Upset……oohhh, that’s got my mind going!


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