… and names can be forgotten as the years roll on. But at a recent reunion of farmers – ‘Back to Parawa 2013′ – the organisers thoughtfully and most cleverly, had name tags for everyone attending – in BIG WRITING. As it was 30 years since the last reunion, this was brilliant – especially when they also added the maiden name of the married ladies. This was particularly helpful for some of us who had not been born and bred in the area, and had no idea of many family connections after marriage and name changes. (more…)
Archive for the ‘Literature of the Land’ Category
I perfectly realise that Australia is not what is generally considered to be ‘Bear’ territory (although I hear we do have Bear Markets on the Stock Exchange… hmm-m-m). Of course, there is our national hero and much beloved Koala Bear. He has received many accolades and highly emotive and in-depth media coverage… not all positive. We are reminded here of a certain politician (or ‘pollie’ in ‘Strine’ – Australian), who met with a damp reception whilst cuddling a Koala for the cameras (shouldn’t have clutched him so tightly, I say).
Ahh-h-h no… I refer to the Teddy Bear – who occupies a large part of the hearts of the peoples of our World. Just read this excerpt from the precious book ‘Teddy Bears – A Celebration in Words and Paintings’ selected by Helen Exley -
‘The speed with which the world’s children took to the Teddy Bear was nothing short of amazing, and soon the little creatures were making friends all round the globe – and of all ages too… Today, as the output worldwide shows no sign of decreasing, it is probably fair to say that the Teddy Bear’s appeal has outlived and outlasted all other mascot animals.
Philippa and Peter Waring, from 'Teddy Bears'
And my Ted Bear is not your general, run of the mill type bear – oh no, definitely not! My Ted Bear snorted loudly with total disgust when he read the words ‘mascot animals‘. (more…)
it’s all about writing too, and that makes things a little confusing.
However, I reason that my writing will now happen wherever I am, country or not – even on holidays, like the past week.
But now I’m back from 30 year reunions and a little R&R time, and have already been working hard at my computer for the past few days. And that is most certainly here in our corner of the country – our retirement farm.