Monday, September 6, 2010

in the blink of an eye...




Wow, seems like I blinked and the weekend disappeared!


working all day saturday just seems to get harder and harder... it really eats into the desperately craved for 'homelife' time… and a lot of the evening is spent winding down from the day on desk... and saturday we were one short for the day - by late friday there was just no-one prepared to come in for the shift, so knowing we were going to be shortstaffed sailor lily provided a bottle of howling wolves vegan wine for us to share and help the winding-down process once we'd closed the library (thank you!!) - it wasn't as good as having another body on desk would have been, but at least we had something to look forward to after the hard slog... there were four of us to share the vino so we had a glass, a quick debrief and catch up and then went home - i got a lift so i was pretty much at home in the same time it would have taken waiting for public transport… maybe that's how the day should end every day - well, at least if you have to work at the weekend anyway?!! 



and what a wild and windy night it turned out to be – definitely a night to spend by the heater - but we lost power here in st kilda for a few hours - there went the heater – luckily i'd had dinner because once 'the lights went out' I couldn’t even have a cuppa because the flats are all electric – bummer – thank fuck for candles and laptop batteries – at least I could listen to music - when i could hear it over the storm that is - the whoosh of the wind was incredible!!!



my heart goes out to those in the rural areas where flooding has become a major disaster or where communities are living under threat... so many areas affected - i've lived in bushfire prone areas but never been close to a flood - i can only imagine the anguish, heartbreak and frustration of having to deal with the devastation so much water, mud, and debris would cause... and then there are the animals - voiceless victims of every disaster...


it caught my attention when i heard they were sandbagging in skipton - i once lived near there and seeing this map sent me tumbling down memory lane to 1989 when brann and i 'packed up the family' - the animals that shared our lives and whose lives we were fortunate to be part of - goats (3), dogs (4), cats (10) and numerous chooks (mostly progeny of those we'd saved from battery farms) - said goodbye to our 'shack' and 50 acres of bushland and granite outcrops high up a mountain in tallarook and moved to snake valley...







we lived in a small campervan for the first few months and the annexe became our kitchen... we had a small two-burner camping stove with gas bottle and the fridge was an esky replenished with ice every couple of days... the dunny was either a bucket, or a shovel and roll of toilet paper - now this wasn't too bad in the summer, but for the first few weeks we were there it bucketed down - luckily it was september (and an unseasonal amount of rain) but at least it wasn't bitterly cold too!!!!










once the weather 'fined up' we had a dam dug, and then a western red cedar house built to lock-up... it was only 10 squares - but it was big enough for us to start with - we had 20 acres of beautiful australian bushland to supplement our space and add to our enjoyment... and the house was 500 metres from the front gate - blissful seclusion...







we moved in to the empty shell and started the hard work of doing all the internal stuff ourselves - walls, ceiling, fit-out etc... we put in a large water tank and a gravity feed tank on the roof, had a septic tank installed, fitted a slow-combustion stove in the kitchen and a wood heater in the lounge - we had plenty of old fallen trees on our bush block - we just had to do the sawing and chopping! - and finally we could afford a small solar and battery setup... up til now we'd been living with a generator, 12-volt battery power and candles (mains power was way too expensive to get connected!) but we were forever having to get the racv out to charge up our car batteries!!!!






we added a wide verandah - this was the view from it before we started landscaping (that's caspar wandering around in the yard - his sister suli was probably off being wicked somewhere - we had a 1/2 acre fenced off around the house - plenty of space for everyone to entertain themselves) - it was a wonderful place to watch the resident wallabies, kangaroos and kookaburras - we had a regular visiting fox that came right up to the fence and teased and harassed the dogs terribly once it realised they couldn't get out!!! and there was also a koala (we called him kelly) who took up residence at certain times of the year...




this was home - my country dream - by this time it was 1992 - we'd had our ups and downs over the years but hey, we were still together after 17 years so there was no reason to believe that we weren't going to be here forever - we were even trying to conceive... but then one fateful phone call became the catalyst in turning our lives upside down, and our world started to implode...

in the blink of an eye...


you may notice i don't use photos with brann in them - i have many photographic memories of him but since we split up i don't know that i have the right to 'share them with the world' without his knowledge or approval so consequently i keep those to myself...

enough of memory lane - it's hard to keep the tears at bay - so i'll leave you with janis and a song called 'little girl blue'...


3 comments:

Sailor Lily said...

hey matey, sorry you've been ill and that the trip down memory lane became a trip with tears involved. You've lived some wonderful life- all the animals you've loved and the homes you've made as well as the raw truth of loving a man who also loves the booze too much.
The cedarwood home looked wonderful- did you find that the Galahs came to eat the timber though? they love pecking away at Cedar to sharpen their beaks and are a real menace in the area I grew up in.
I've expereinced floods up close, in Kinchella about a decade ago. Whilst we could always leave the village we saw farmers lose a lot of animals, native animals floating across flooded roads, and old people lose their simply and cheaply built homes. I developed real respect for the volunteers of the SES who saved animals as often as property. I served beers each night in the local pub voluntarily to 'support' the community camped out there on high ground, and hubby sandbagged with the best and brawniest of them.

I hope you feel better soon. And Shadow is a SPUNK-cat. so devilishly handsome in his smoky frock-coat...
lily

Proud Womon said...

thanks lily, i've never had such bad cramping before!!!

i've heard about galahs and cedar - but we didn't have a problem - but we didn't get the flocks of galahs or cockies in the bush like we did when living in open grazing land - too many trees...

kinchella - is that in nsw? a decade ago means you weren't living there so one very hands on holiday it seems...

i admire the ses too - they do an amazing job...

have a nice day off...

Sailor Lily said...

on a rethink we were in Kinchella for four months, and it was 12 years ago. we both needed to 'think' about work and the future and so took some unpaid leave and went to live in an old converted church owned by a woman at work I knew. It was a wonderful time- we became part of the small community and gardened two acres to subsidise the cheap rent offer we had. Hope you feel better.
lily.