Late 70's, Lang Lang, Victoria
My mother always dreamed of a little "getaway bush shack". So she built this. Yes - that's right. She built this sweet little shack entirely on her own ! Nestled in amongst some eucalypts, this small structure was a cosy place of reading, stories, cooking damper over a fire, writing and imagining.
I remember hearing her talk about the walls, putting on the roof, collecting water for the small tank and all aspects of the structure. Even back then, I knew that I had, and still have, an incredible mother. Rosie is a woman who can shoot a gun, operate farm equipment, build things, recite poetry, cook just about anything over a fire or on a woodfire stove, crack a stockwhip, sew beautiful clothes and this list could go on for a lot longer. Recently retired from a school Principal position, she is a lady with a finely tuned, sharp mind. And on top of this, she has single handedly raised my Downs Syndrome brother Nicholas who is a fine young man.
So as Mother's Day approaches, I am thinking of a suitable gift. And I'm stuck ! My mother has every possible, useful tool / piece of equipment under the sun. Recently at Easter there was talk of "needing a new wood shed". No doubt there will a start on this project very soon. My next project at the farm is putting in some new fruit trees.
Looking at this photo reminds me of many sources of inspiration. The picture was taken by me with one of my first cameras - an Agfa with 35mm film. I spent a lot of my pocket money on film and developing pictures. I always remember that long week of waiting to pick the photos up from the chemist, and the excited bike ride down to the shop.
So on the edge of a long weekend, remember the things that inspired you. Or find a satisfying DIY project. Or learn something new.