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Just like Mary the Pioneer Woman
11/2/2011 12:58:54 PM

Characters for my novels came from real life situations. A look at the pioneers who settled inland Australia

   Yesterday I told the true tale of my youngest son who, as a toddler, climbed to a high cupboard and sampled the fluoride tablets, fluoride being a real necessity when rain water off the roof is the only water supply. It could have been disastrous; and the party-line telephone, strung from tree to tree in the virgin bush during a thunderstorm was the only means of communication on the isolated cattle property.  

    A pioneer woman of coursewould not be supplementing her child’s diet with fluoride tablets; they wouldbe drinking from a well or a creek; but I easily identified with the character Mary in the novel in the area of food preparation. Mary purchased flour and sugar and a fewcondiments and got on with the job as I did. She bought fabric and cotton and clothedher children and herself with the aid of a Singer sewing machine as I did.Rob’s dear Aunty Janey gave me recipes and I made my own jams, jellies andpickles. With the sewing, I taught myself with the help of the Enid Gilchristpattern- making books (not sure if they were global).  I became very proficient at boy’s shirts (having four boys) and onoccasions sewed my own evening gowns for the numerous charity balls weattended. It was a whole new world of creativity and endeavour. I churned thecream to make the butter for both familiesthe butter going into biscuits, scones, cakes and slices. I rearedcockerels for the table and kept hens for the fresh eggs they laid daily. Thevegetable garden was always productive. Attimes we had our own beef and mutton. It was as close to a life of self-sufficiencythat was possible at the time. My apprenticeship for my pioneering family inthe novel was played-out in reality. It was the era before massive stores likeTarget and Big W with their affordable ready-made clothing. We offered our listof groceries to a man in a calico apron at a heavy timber counter in the mainstore in the little town. Life was full to the brim and I left my writing ambitions on hold until thechildren were almost reared.

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More Blogs by Barbara Hartmann King
• Man Eating Birds - Thursday, November 01, 2012
• THE SIGN POST - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
• LOVE IS - Wednesday, June 13, 2012
• Poems from The Tan People - - Tuesday, May 22, 2012
• The first novel - a biography of Emily - Wednesday, May 02, 2012
• Taipans, pig shooters and man eating birds - Thursday, April 19, 2012
• Laugh Kookaburra Laugh - Tuesday, April 10, 2012
• Characters for Country Dramas - Sunday, April 01, 2012
• The Oasis in the Heart of Queensland - Monday, March 19, 2012
• Coloured Sands Dreaming Legend - Wednesday, March 07, 2012
• A Hundred Million Years Ago - Saturday, February 18, 2012
• Where couples met and Fell in Love - Monday, February 13, 2012
• The Jet-Propelled Emus - Wednesday, February 08, 2012
• Not a Castle anywhere - only Grand old Homesteads - Thursday, February 02, 2012
• Invitations - requesting your pleasure - Sunday, January 29, 2012
• Love Is - Thursday, January 26, 2012
• Inspiration form Multicoloured Sand Dunes - Wednesday, January 25, 2012
• The first coat of paint in 100 years - Monday, November 28, 2011
• Happy Jacks and Sand Goannas - Wednesday, November 23, 2011
• The old Homestead-Digging into the past for themes - Tuesday, November 22, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Monday, November 21, 2011
• Life at Wyuna where the writing began - Friday, November 18, 2011
• A plague of army worm months were the final straw - Thursday, November 17, 2011
• Life is about change-Grandfather married again - Wednesday, November 16, 2011
• Raising money for the community in the country - Tuesday, November 15, 2011
• Charity Work in Country Towns -the Lions Club - Monday, November 14, 2011
• Knowledge gleaned from living in the bush for my outback novels. - Sunday, November 13, 2011
• Nature's Cruel Outbursts - Saturday, November 12, 2011
• The Passion and my imagination - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
• The Passion - the Personal relationship with the land - Tuesday, November 08, 2011
• The Vet said: Your horse will get up Or he will lie there and die - Monday, November 07, 2011
• Once an Inland Sea - more - Sunday, November 06, 2011
• Once an inland Sea - no other explanation - Saturday, November 05, 2011
• Life in the Bush - Fodder for Country Dramas - Friday, November 04, 2011
• Medical Emergencies in the Bush - Thursday, November 03, 2011
•  Just like Mary the Pioneer Woman - Wednesday, November 02, 2011  

• Identifying with my character - The Pioneering Woman Mary - Tuesday, November 01, 2011
• Inspiration for Characters of early settlement - Ancestors - Monday, October 31, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Sunday, October 30, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Saturday, October 29, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Friday, October 28, 2011


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