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LOOKING IN AN EASTERLY DIRECTION.

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ULMARRA YARD AND PEACH TREE CATTLE IN ULMARRA THE FOREALTY BOOKROOM

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The Ulmarra House featured a disused outside loo. I have several memories of outside loos. Some are from my childhood and some from living in the country as an adult.

I do recall an incident in Blacktown when a turkey would chase us from the Loo to the house and back.

I have also had pit toilets. My first school as a young teacher was at Rosewood, down near Tumbarumba, and we had fine pit toilets for the handful of children and the 2 teachers. At some stage – possibly just after the water diviner located water – the powers that be in Sydney determined that flush toilets were needed. They then built a brick ablutions block with almost more toilets that children and separate male and female for the staff of two.

My memories, which might be a little exaggerated, are of a toilet block almost larger than the wooden two teacher school building.

Leaving Ulmarra means leaving the Village Life of which I was very fond. Sundays, I lunched at the WIDE RIVER CAFE and Lizzy baked the best Vegie Pies on the Nprth Coast. Izzy and Andrew and Tony Rendell played music from 10-2 and I yarned with Debbie and Leanne and sundry others.

I believe Mum is having her knee done this weekend in Coffs Hospital.

The pixie in the photo comes from JACK A DANDY across Coldstream Street. Paul from  Jack a Dandy told me it was a Devon Pixie. Devon is the homeplace of the Sanders Side of my family. They came as “assisted immigrants”.

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Its been a couple of years since Izzy and I took on the Telstra fight in Bilambil. And won. This year, I took it into my mind to open a wee Facebook Page about the Bellingen Hospital. It went straight to 1000 fans in one week and now its has 3000+.

We might or might not win this time but I have found it very moving to see the support coming in and read the anecdotes.

There is a great pride in Being a Bello Baby.

We even made the newspapers with my sister’s picture of possums as profile pic.

March 2010 also saw Snew and Stewart on their Norther Tour. Like me, they had taken  a liking to GURU FOODS in Bellingen. They were booked to perform in early April and our well-coordinated Southern Trip brought us back down the mountain from Armidale just in time for their gig.

 

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WINDSOR NSW.  I was looking for evidence of OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE where my ancestor Johannah Ready was Housekeeper in the early 1800s. I didn’t find it.

I AM HOME AGAIN.

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SIXTYEYES LOOKING AT A WELL KNOWN VALLEY THROUGH NEW EYES.
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3 months ago, my daughter gave birth to her daughter. This has triggered major changes in my life including a return to my Home Valley, the Bellinger. The prospect had been siren calling me for a while  but I didn’t expect the suddenness of the relocation.

I went south with Izzy for a fortnight’s visiting to his children and grandchildren and to the area he lived in for many years before I met him. Packed my bags one day for a holiday and never went back to Ulmarra.

I am now located in Raleigh near my Girls and just down the Hill from the Armidale Mob.

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I seem to be moving a little further South each year. My hope and intention is that I remain here for a goodly while. Another North Coast River. This is one on which I have lived often and long.

From the Workers’ Cottage, I can see the sunrise and moonrise and I can see Sunsets. I know that the River is only 1km to the East and the Ocean just beyond it.

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I have a tendency to move along – semi-nomadic but this move was faster than I had expected. Combine that with the Illawarra Adventure, a trip to RPA this week, in Sydney, a National Convention in Coffs, a car needing registering and Izzy’s amazing Wrap Up of the Ulmarra House, plus Easter – and weeks without internet and phone – and the experience of going away for 2 weeks and never going home again – and I am a little frazzled.

Now I begin to re-explore the area which has been part of my life since pre-birth.

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I didn’t expect to be faced with 5 little brown hens pooing all through my house.

After weeks without Internet and Phone, Telstra came good from the Complaints Section and  allowed me to use my Mobile as a Modem and gave me credits etc. I think I c an be a very annoying customer and perhaps they didn’t want a repeat of the BILAMBIL VILLAGE RALLY. So engrossed was I in the return of the Net, that I paid little attention to the odour behind me, thinking perhaps the septic was in trouble as it often was in Ulmarra where the RTA refused to do any maintenance AT ALL on the 100 year old house. Nor did I hear the patter of tiny  clawed feet till a clucking reached through my cyber net and the five little ladies appeared beside me.

They made a fair mess for such small creatures.

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I left the Bellinger in 2001. Now I return with many things changed. My parents have passed on. My sister and her husband have sold their home after 30 years and moved South. My daughter is back in Bello with her Man and a new baby. My son and his family are up on top of the Mountains.

I am with Izzy and looking partially through his eyes as a Bello Virgin.  I am not teaching at the local schools and the children I taught are grown.

It is an exciting time for me. I have a grave to purchase, exploring to do. Broadband has been invented. I have a world to show to the man in my life. And I am a Grandmother. 

And in the morning, I can see the sunrise and the mists in the paddocks.

BLOG IT ALL – THAT’S NEWS TO ME !

SIXTYEYES LOOKING AT A WELL KNOWN VALLEY THROUGH NEW EYES.