Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Chocolate Box Memory


Sitting in my warm cosy room, I opened my delicious box of chocolates. My mind drifted back to life on the farm in the Mallee in Northern Victoria.

My fondest memories are of the derelict old buildings around the farm. My favorite was the stables which were used to house the draft horses who pulled the machinery around the paddocks. The building was made of split posts with a thatched roof of straw. The empty troughs lined the walls and the old harnesses and bridles hung from the posts. I can remember climbing onto the roof and jumping off onto the heaps of earth behind the stables. I can almost smell the aroma of the rotted straw and grease as I sit here.

The other derelict building I remember is the pig sty, as above. The picture here is of a painting done by my sister when she returned there in the 80's. As you can see, the shelter for the pigs is almost intact, although the drifting sands from the drought have covered most of the surrounding fence.

Despite the fact that I had 3 sisters and a brother, I can only remember playing by myself. Strange! The home held many difficulties for all of us. As I reflect now, I can see the resourcefulness of the little girl who nurtured herself helping her rise above those difficulities.

2 Comments:

At 5:46 AM, Blogger Believer said...

Hello Leonie,

How wonderful to see you blogging!
What a journey we are on, we get to celebrate and share the past, present, and future of our lives.
Thank you for the glimpse of your life as little girl. Bless the child in you and in all of us! (Nice painting by your sister, too!)

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger Heather Blakey said...

I am impressed Leonie! Well done! And you have centred an image as well. Clever girl! Now all we need is to get others posting their Chocolate Box pieces and we will have a lovely collection to savour here.

I loved what you wrote, it touched a part of myself. And your sister's painting is very evocative. She has captured the spirit of the Mallee.

 

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