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The old Homestead-Digging into the past for themes
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Continuing:When writing my novels, I was forever digging into my past for settings and themes. I used this setting of the old homestead with the privet trees in the Valley of the Eagle novel for the homestead setting of the fictional Moorooba Downs Station in central Queensland.

            My husband Rob was working from earlymorning till late at night. Besides looking after the cattle, he cemented the rainwater tanks, dug a septic tank for our new inside toilet and built a laundry on the back of the hundred year old homestead.  He even constructed a bridge over the creek that could stop our access to the road in wet weather. The homestead was two kilometres from the dirt road and the running creeks were often swift and dangerous after rain. Later he also constructed a three-bay car port off the tool shed and a huge machinery shed using bush timber logs he cut from the paddocks. At night he was working on the interior of the old homestead with the intensive task of lining the 12 foot high walls of the huge living room. Money was a problem so he used feature board in the oak pattern that gave a wonderful elegance to the room of yesteryear with its unique scroll-patterned pressed-metal ceiling.This large room had plenty of space for lounge and dining room furniture, also book cases and cabinets if we wished. Two of the rooms had fire places which backed onto each other, sharing a chimney. One of these rooms was a small living area but large enough for the much-loved pool table, a necessary piece of  furniture with four boys in the family. The other fire place was in a small bedroom and was never used.  I could not imagine having a fire in a bedroom.  Queensland would have been a sudden learning curve for the European settlers building steep roofs that never saw snow and fire places that were used for only a couple of months of the year, if the weather was frosty enough.

 More tomorrow about the old homesteadin the Australian bush.

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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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