Thursday, June 25, 2009

I'm Back!
The trip over inland (to the upper Hunter area of NSW) was pretty good, although it rained much of the time. Not as cold as usual, because with the rain there were no frosts. My sister veronica who takes even more photos than I do, left her camera charger behind, so borrowed mine and between us there are some beautiful photos of the foothills west of the Barrington Tops which is wild and wonderful country...It is my favourite part of the world to look at...but not in summer...it can be hellishly hot over there then. Its funny how I feel about the countryside up there, it touches something deep inside and I feel a longing for something lost if this makes sense. But I choose not to live there.

So between us we ended up with about 500 photos!!! Most of them pretty good. I ended up christening her "The Camera Nazi" because she seemed to forget who's camera it was, and seemed a little surprised when i requested taking a photo at all...it was good fun...

It was emotional as well as walking through the old hometown cemetery, after taking flowers to mum and dad's and other rellies graves, many of the headstones bore the names of people we had known in our childhood...too many of them were too young...

Some first photos... This is Joan (in front) and Veronica standing where we used to play Rounders as kids...it is our old back yard. The house was moved about 30 years ago and the backyard where we had such fun is just a vacant lot...its funny, I can still see the cement paths, the chookyard, dad's woodcutting business down the back, the swing and the long clothes line...



Veronica and Joanie under the old Pepper tree (there are a few of them now, from the original old one...this was where dad's large chook run was.



















We stayed at a friend of veronica's place...she was away...her bedroom had an amazing view of the landscape...you could see it all even lying in bed. I'll post this later. We downed the odd glass of wine here, and watched many Father Ted DVD's. I got to set the camera up and then run into position...




My sister Veronica is a real Winery person and loves to go round looking at them all...I admit not being all that big on doing this...but the scenery was beautiful. On the second last day we had lunch there and it was really no more expensive than in a coffee shop. I am more of a cask wine person... something unmentionable in the Winery tasting areas...HM!

Before I came home I spent a day with the journalist who has finished the final edit of my book. She managed to strip 10,000 words and its hard to tell where from so well did she do it. Its much easier to read now and no repetition. She is really positive about getting it published and I am really lucky to have linked up with such a like minded person. I was straight away comfortable with her. We are the same age, and also our husbands were the same age. Hers died (also caused by the doctors) a year before Don and her youngest son has cerebral palsy caused again by mistakes made shortly after his birth...so i sure found the right person...

Now must catch up on everyone...it seems like ages.
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9 comments:

Mal's Team Gherkin said...

Sounds like you had a good relaxing and memorable (and memory-filled) time away! Fantastic.

Andrew said...

Sounds like a good time. People of a certain age, like us, who grew up with wine casks find it hard to move on. Besides, bottled wine can give me allergies.

FoxyMoron said...

*sticks hand up* I prefer cask wine too! Especially the De Bortolli ones.

What a wonderful trip it must have been Therese, what memories. And I totally relate to the longing for something lost.

I treasure the times I spend with my two sisters, more now than when I was younger and they were even more bossier than they are now!

Hope you post some more photos, funny I was just thinking about you today and wondering how it was all going.

Ann oDyne said...

Glad you are back and had a good time - wine and Father Ted is an excellent time.

There was a lot of rain in PM while you were away and a couple of us worried about your house.
XXX

Mom said...

Welcome home. Sounds like it was a very good trip.
I want an autographed copy of your book when it is published.

Anonymous said...

Just what you needed Therese, a good relaxing time!
Cazzie

Sling said...

You sound like you're in excellent spirits.
The trip must have done well by you.

Random Thinker said...

Welcome back... we missed you. Glad it was such a wonderful time with your sisters. Funny how places you haven't been to in so long still feel like home.

Middle Child said...

Mal..it was memorable...for a few reasons...hm!

Andrew...I am with you and foxy here and I do like the de bertolli casks "Columbard Chardonaay" is my favourite never makes me feel off...unlike the bottles some of which seem to have a lot of Sulphur...

Foxy.there are many weeks worth of photos a coming...and my two daughters visit here this coming week to remember Don's 59th birthday... so...must get round you all before monday...once they are here I need to spend good time with them. We are all a bit wrecked.

Ann O'Dyne...the house is on a big high mound I have lost a bit more of the road in (on my land) so when i win lotto I will have it replaced ...
Mom Thanks for that and if you all like there will be a freebie book for all the regulars...It looks like the Printing company will be called "Wild and Woolley" a meeting with them soon...I like the name...

Cazzie...thanks cazzie.

Sling, yes you are right. I always feel very emotional when I go over to my childhood home area...and sort of soothed as well...When I get to post the photos you will see how raw and beautiful it is.


Random thinker...Home is home...whether its a memory thing as with childhood, or the home you live in now...or despite the fact that my ancestors all came out 9both sides of the family) during the irish Potato famine years... 1840's-50's I still find myself longing to go "back" there...when i have never been there...how can one go back to where one has never been?