Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dorothy the Dinosaur moves house

Battling the nausea that arrived with some stray virus this morning, I spent the afternoon topping up on fluids and having a long sleep. I surfaced in the late afternoon, and no sooner had I sat down in my new study - to consider my woozy state and the room’s chaos - than the landlord arrived to do some urgent repairs. While he mended broken things, I relieved another box of its contents: magazines, books, model boats, and Dorothy the Dinosaur (who belongs to K-girl, but lives with me).
We’ve been here just over a week, and both my husband and I have reflected on the reasons why this particular house resonates so strongly with us. Mostly, we've remembered that our grandparents lived in similar houses, i.e. weatherboard, wooden floors, bull-nosed verandas shrouded in lattice, a wide, lead-lighted passageway running the length of the building. This familiarity brings with it a feeling of comfort, of being at home.
Back in the early 1990s, I lived in a house very similar to this in the Perth Hills. My writing room had French doors that opened onto a verandah and beyond that a beautiful garden. I loved that house, even though I didn’t own it. My writing life was very rich during the time I lived there.
This new study, in yet another rental, has French doors opening onto a small, weather-beaten verandah and a garden bed featuring a flowering jacaranda tree that has carpeted the pathway purple. Despite my spinning head, the unpacked boxes, the shambles, I’m optimistic. I've completed two more degrees since I lived in the Hills, it's time to lose the word study. My new writing room in this new house is full of promise.


  1. Hey Barbara!
    I still think that the (rental) 'study' is just fine. I love that you have gone back to such a creative space, bull nose and all.

  2. Thanks, Sarah. Just sitting here letting it work its magic on me!

  3. Lovely house Barb. And good to see you back on the airwaves. I will reinstate your blog in my 'blog list' and see what happens :) Thanks for coming for a visit, it's a long way just for a chat but very enjoyable. Hope the new house encourages you to write.