ON THE CORRAL AT MY PLACE IN RALEIGH NSW.
e-Bench time. The skies have cleared somewhat and we are at home for Izzy’s birthday. He’s done one radio interview this morning with ABC ILLAWARRA. By phone that was and harks back to his days at UOW ( University of Wollongong) and his Pedant’s Book titled
“THE ERRANT APOSTROPHE”. This afternoon he has rehearsals at Repton with Kim. They are playing at the Dairy protest down at North Beach in a couple of weeks. Country Life, this is. Kati B and the Baby are bringing coffee from the coffee cart at Bello Servo. All in all – it’s a fine way to spend a birthday.
I like living close to the Earth. I like windows and doors that open onto the world easily. I have some trouble in getting up again from the Earth nowadays due to my knees not cooperating but I like being down there on the ground. I came back to this Valley one year ago and I knew I would need to construct a life here with my eyes open to possibilities and prepared to investigate things I haven’t done here before. Coming home requires a conscious preparedness to rewalk paths that have often been walked before and to do so without “prior contempt”.
I have digital photography this time. I didn’t have that when I lived here before 2001. I am able now to look at my world here ‘ through a lens’. It is making a difference. The camera sees things I don’t always see and sees them from a different viewpoint. At times, I look through the viewer and a small part of me expects to see the world that is gone from here for me. The world in which my parents are still alive and the Poms live in their house on the corner with the exotic garden. The world where I am teaching at Urunga School and my children are small. In some way, I do see all those other times and people.
Then, I find myself back in 2011 and weeping in the street with other people who loved my sister. Here in 2011, I go on with the construction of the life that is mine today.
I wonder whether I have any images of people sitting and lying on the Earth. I shall check later. For now, Kati B and the Baby and a birthday celebration.
That’s what I am aspiring to. Lazy days. Drifting by. It hasn’t been like that so much this Summer. I have been back in the Bellingen Shire for 12 months. I surely have had a lot of kookaburras and still do and this morning when I was parking at Raleigh Hall, I could smell the eucalyptus as clear as. Once I went out with a eucalyptus cutter. That was way back in 1970. I won’t put his name here but he drove a Blue Holden Monaro and it was quite an introduction to country life for a city girl. I was sent there fresh from Balmain Teachers’ College to a two teacher school in the bush. Wild Country it was. Down near TUMBARUMBA.
Fresh Eucalyptus fills the air,
a Kookaburra calls somewhere,
The lazy days go drifting by
and here we are,
just you and I.