1. THE FALL September was almost spent, yet winter persisted in West Gippsland. The dark came early and often with rain. Some days were so raw and biting, you couldn’t know for sure what might fall. Late afternoon returning from work, I’d scan the bottom paddock while still in the car. Our small flock of ewes had so far produced a batch of eight lambs, with two ewes still to drop. On the afternoon in question I count
Outside a coffee shop in Epping I saw a sign –‘Deliteful’. I paused and puzzled. I realised. Where is the ‘light’? Why have they taken the light away? These butchers. These thieves. Why do they want to imprison me within the sterile confines of their convenience? Let the children run around and play in the sunshine. Don’t turn on a screen and keep them shut up in a neon-lited room.
Doors open and close – room doors, car doors and boots. People are leaving the motel in the early morning, hitting the road to continue their journey fresh. I am not one of those who subscribes to the belief that the destination is really irrelevant, and the journey everything. But nor do I deny the cliché that ‘life’s a journey’. Goodness me, turning round’s a ‘journey’. What I want to know is: when does a per