I have just returned from beautiful Balingup, in the south-west of Western Australia. A tiny hamlet of less than 300 people. The weather was gorgeous. Sunny days. Zero degrees at night. I rented a rammed earth cottage for three nights and used it as my base while I worked in nearby towns. The self-contained cottage had all the comforts. There were Belgian chocolates galore in every nook and cranny. They all called my name! A bottle of Cab Sav. Freshly baked bread. A basket of breakfast goodies. I could not have asked for more.
I arrived at dusk. I’ve stayed here before and drove in carefully on an unsealed road in darkness. The owner lit a roaring fire for me. He promised to leave the newspaper at the door early morning. When did I last touch a newspaper! After dinner I climbed into bed, snug with an alpaca rug and awaited dawn. I smiled in the dark as possums scratched the window. The cottage balcony faced forest. This was the view I woke to each day. The sun streamed in through mist. Kookaburras laughed and chortled. A smile travelled across my face, from ear to ear, and warmed me on the inside.Each morning I rugged up warm and headed out to explore with a grateful heart that delighted in all that I saw.The pink camellias took my breath away. Large as a man’s palm.Then there were double camellias. The owner had left several in the cottage for me. Gorgeous!I loved the white flowers, just as much.The sunny jonquils bloomed despite the frost.The white ones shimmered, too.A clump of these, added colour.Everywhere I looked, there was beautiful, delicate wattle, signalling winter.I walked along country roads. Contented. At peace. Empowered. I have choice. This realisation, is freedom.
Perhaps, it’s my vintage. I’m mellowing with age. Life is now defined by lifestyle. I yearn for nothing else but more of the same.
This is how I would like my children to remember me.
Until next time
a dawn bird