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Life at Wyuna where the writing began
11/18/2011 2:30:05 PM
Life at Wyuna: It was 1980. I had just turned 40 and the lonely little cattle property was the venue for my first tentative steps into the world of creative writing. My mother had sent me $400 to help me on my way. Writing had been on my mind for a long time and would remain a cherished hobby for the remainder of my life.

My life on Wyuna was a huge learning experience, not just with the writing course, it was another chapter in country living which would be with me always. The name Wyuna is an Aboriginal word meaning clearwater and the property did indeed have a plentiful water supply with permanent running creeks. The almost derelict 100 year old homestead with its steep roof and rambling appearance had been without tenants for 20 years and its outside walls had never seen a coat of paint. The desolate old dwelling from another century had the creepy appearance of a haunted house of the Brothers Grimm variety, the childish memories of fairy tales with witches and demons reverberating in my mind.

      Myhusband thought the property had potential and to him the house was a secondary consideration. He was determined to renovate the old homestead himself and makeit liveable.

     Poor Rob was severely criticised by relatives from both sides of the family. Phrases such as:  ‘This is worse than we expected – the house is disgusting - fancy bringing a woman to a terrible place like this,’ were uttered in disbelief with the clicking of tongues and shaking of fingers. There was a lot to be done.

      Two of our sons had completed their education and were working; the eldest had graduated from Agricultural College and found his niche in the stud cattle industry, the other marking time as a jackaroo on a large property in the western regions; the third had been accepted at the Emerald Agricultural College and began his College education. My youngest was still in primary school and I was travelling 7 kilometres twice a day over contour banks through a neighbour's paddock to the school bus that went to Kingaroy and the attention from the resident emus was a constant worry...

Tomorrow:  the emu tale.


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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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