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“All the Birds, Singing” by Evie Wyld

23 Sep

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jun/30/evie-wyld-birds-singing-review

In our cabin at BIG4 Nambucca Beach Park I actually was able to do a lot of reading. I had taken “All the Birds, Singing” along. I had started reading this novel some time ago, but had not read very much of it yet. Our double bed had very good reading lamps on each side above the bed. So both Peter and I felt encouraged to spend quite a bit of time reading. My book did get extremely interesting and I could not put it down anymore. Each day, that is Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I was reading, reading, reading. We had to leave the cabin Thursday morning. Alas, I got to the last pages on Wednesday and finished reading this book. I learned about the fate of a girl from Australia, who went through some horrible experiences. But in the end it only made her stronger. She became a sheep farmer and owned her own farm  on a very lonely island. At first I thought how can a life like this be very interesting? This story is told in the first person. It was absolutely captivating to gradually find out what happened to her as a child and during her teenage years.

Below I copied a bit from an interview at the Sydney Writers’ Festival:

https://writersedit.com/fiction-writing/sydney-writers-festival-evie-wyld-all-the-birds-singing/

On Writing Novels & Endings with Evie Wyld at Sydney Writers’ Festival

The Roslyn Packer Theatre was abuzz with chatter, much about Evie Wyld and her latest novel All the Birds, Singing. There’s often much contention about the ending, and while people tossed up theories and commented on Wyld’s Miles Franklin win, the lights went down and Evie stepped onto the stage.

With her fringe and bright yellow shoes she was already a character in herself. And throughout the hour, Wyld spoke with wit and wisdom (my notes are a slanted scribble that’s hard to decipher; a testament to the great things I heard and couldn’t get down quick enough).

Evie Wyld

Gothic and Horror as a Modern Genre

Wyld started by reading from her novel, All the Birds Singing, emphasising the imagery of death and blood, bringing a chill and a hush over the theatre. The first question asked was about the gothic canon, and how Wyld has used horror as a genre in a contemporary way. I’d never thought of All the Birds, Singing as a gothic novel and having it pointed out (and listening to Wyld read), it seemed rather obvious! The moody English island, the dark past, the mangled deaths of sheep…

Our Walk along the Beach at Nambucca Heads

22 Sep

Early in the morning we went for a walk along the beach in our toe shoes. Later on on that day we had a beautiful warm 30 Degrees Celsius. The beach was just lovely so early in the morning. We saw quite a few people walking along there, some with a dog or two. Several people started a conversation with us. One man said that he was from Melbourne. Another man had a dog that was part dingo. the man said the dog was very shy of people and was only one year old. Near where our camp was, there was a lot of driftwood.

 

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Peter  kneeling down taking a photo of that uprooted tree which obviously belonged to the shore line that is why I probably should not call it ‘driftwood’.

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And here we are back at our camp site:

 

Big4 Nambucca Beach Holiday Park

14 Sep

“Our dog friendly holiday park is set on the beach and in natural bushland with abundant wildlife. Enjoy 4 star accommodation in this retro funky park.Choose from a elevated surf shack, funky bathing box, beachfront villa, drive-through or ensuite powered site, standard or budget powered site. Wake up in the morning and go for a stroll on the beach while the kids have a ball on the jumping pillow, heated pool and playground. In the afternoon, go for a drive to the on the beach to the Valla lagoon or pain a rock on the well renowned V wall. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and super clean facilities. More information and online bookings on.”
We booked accommodation for five nights in this holiday park.  It says:

September 2017 Diary

12 Sep

 

I love taking some photos when I manage to go for a walk. When I took the above pictures I had taken my walking stick along. This made walking so much easier. I had not been walking very much during the past few weeks. It had always been rather cold and often extremely windy. The last few days I was determined to go out each morning at least for a little bit and get used to walking again. When I do it regularly, it really makes a difference. Often I feel more confident again to walk around without using my walking stick. This warmer and calmer weather makes me feel that spring has finally arrived here in the Illawarra of NSW, Australia. I just hope  for a bit of rain in the near future because for quite some time we had nearly no rain at all and everything is starting to dry out.

Diane Keaton Movie: Hampstead

12 Sep

Peter and I saw today this Diane Keaton movie about Hampstead. Peter had first to go to the Private Wollongong Hospital for an appointment with his podiatrist who is fitting him some insoles. These insoles might help him with his walking. The podiatrist spent with Peter a bit over an hour. It was already 11,45 when we left the hospital. This left us less than half an hour to make it to the GALA in Warrawong to see the movie. But we were lucky. We still made it on time. This movie was well worth seeing. I am glad we did make it.

 

http://villagecinemas.com.au/movies/hampstead

 

 

“Starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson, Hampstead is a heartwarming romantic comedy set around the beautiful Hampstead Heath in London, a quiet piece of countryside in a vast metropolis. Living in a lovely old apartment on the edge of the Heath, American widow Emily Walters (Keaton) feels like she is drifting aimlessly through life. Then she meets Donald (Gleeson), who has lived harmoniously on the Heath for 17 years in a ramshackle hut. When property developers attempt to destroy his home, Emily steps up to defend Donald in the escalating battle and soon finds that, despite his gruff exterior, there is something special about this gentle and unconventional man.”

Father’s Day 2017 in Australia

2 Sep

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Peter baked these two cakes for Father’s Day. It is an almond meal cake and an apple crumble yeast cake. The almond cake just now gets a bit more filling and decorating.

We hope some people are going to turn up to help us eat the cakes!

Diary, September 1st, 2017

1 Sep

 

Two weeks ago, on Friday, the 18th of August, Martin drove us to Sussex Inlet. And only two days before that, on that Wednesday, he drove us to Newcastle to see Lauren and have lunch with Lauren. We first stopped at the place where Lauren lives with her mother. Lauren showed us their house which is small but comfortable. In the back there is a huge garden area with lots of flowers and a double garage that they do not use as a garage but is furnished in a way that would make it suitable for parties, I guess. Lauren asked us, would we like a cup of tea. Of course this was very welcome.

Martin and Peter were walking around a bit more while Lauren went to make tea for us and I was sitting down to wait here:

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Lauren is nineteen, she is our youngest granddaughter. She could take the day off because she works most weekends. This year she got her driver’s license and she bought herself a second hand car. Lauren drove us in her car to the beach for lunch.

Lauren and her mum have two dogs.

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Peter takes a picture of me while I try to take a picture of the dog.

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The other dog is a female puppy, that is growing to be quite tall. 

I took some pictures of the double garage:

 

Peter took these these pictures after our lunch at the beach cafe.

 

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This is Lauren in her Mum’s garden

And this is where we had lunch:

 

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This is where Lauren had parked her car.

This is the food we had at the beaches cafe: