I was born on an acre bush block in a sea of gum trees.
Our little green fibro* cottage was at the end of a long, steep, dirt driveway. The bush surrounded our house to the front, back and left side.
We were only 10 minutes from town by car but we had only one neighbour and an outside pan toilet.
We had bee hives and native birds on the block. Our neighbour had goats, chickens and a horse or two.
As kids, we stayed outdoors most of the time and could walk to the local park at the end of the street to fish from the jetty with hand lines.
After all the places I’ve lived – in country towns and villages, the bright lights of Sydney, and in Canberra suburbia – the bush has always been my home.
When I lived in the towns and cities we spent many, many hours driving in the country, and camping and walking in the bush.
Now I’m back to my roots – a new home among the gum trees.
We live on a 2 and a bit acre block ringed by gum trees and a native garden. We have rosellas, owls and magpies nesting in our trees. Galahs, cockatoos and kookaburras visit to feed. We have an occasional possum growling in the night. Cows and sometimes kangaroos come up to our back fence.
It’s a short walk to the river at the end of our road and a short drive to the town shops.
Again my house is at the end of a long, steep driveway. But thankfully now we have an indoor toilet! ♦
* fibro – fibrous cement sheeting or cladding boards
To mark Australia Day on Monday 26th January