Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WOW Write on Wednesdays: Two fat ladies and a dog...

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"...landholdings or even the first in any sense of the concept.  They are pioneers..."

Women of Australia, that is. The women who made this country what it is today. Women arriving from countries all over the world to be faced with harsh weather conditions, without family or friends. Starting out a whole new life, raising families, comforting them, providing for them. They are the backbone of our nation.

I'm in awe of my grandmother, who, like her and the women in her family before her, were without the mod cons that I have. How did they do it? I was always told by my Nanna how it was done, but do you think I can do it, even with the mod cons? No I can't. I don't even know where to begin.

My father's mother, Granny, who came from another country in the 1950's, was deaf from the age of 21 from meningitis and couldn't speak English, lived to the ripe old age of 96. She knitted, cooked, baked, crocheted, sewed, kept chickens and other animals and took it all in her stride. She never wanted for anything, was healthy all the time and was such a lovely, kind woman. I wonder what she, or my Nanna, would think of the mess in my house. I think they'd be proud of my cooking abilities, which I feel I inherited from them. Now to get into that pioneering spirit and get this house clean.

Taken from "Pioneering Women of the Bush & Outback" by Jennifer Isaacs (one of my favourite books).

Grab the 8th book from your bookshelf. Open it to page 8. Scroll down to the 8th sentence. Write this sentence at the top of your page. Set your timer for 5 minutes and write the first words that come into your head after your writing prompt.  Stop when the buzzer rings!

This is a writing exercise is a regular Wednesday feature created by Gill over at inkpaperpen. Check out what the other lovely contributors have submitted this week.



  1. That reminds me of my own Grandmother Anne. Things weren't quite so hard for her but I'm still in awe of the amount she got done in a day making it seem so effortless.

    Like you, I'm pretty sure she'd be happy with my cooking but completely horrified at my untidyness!

  2. Lovely to read about your Grandmother Anne. Women really were so strong back then weren't they. My Great Great Grandmother was blind but was a florist in London. I was so in awe when I discovered that piece of information.

    We have such free lifestyles now compared to the women of generations before us...It makes me so grateful I was born in modern times x

  3. I loved reading that. I often think about my Nan and Grandma raising children etc in these times. Things are so very different. We have it so easy in so many ways but I think the complexity of life has us in a bind far too often than I think we should be. I have a hunch that they may have been happier people. Happier with less. Tougher. Harder, maybe though too. I think I'm a modern girl at heart when all's said and done. I'm really happy with my front loader, dishwasher and instant hot water. Weak, I know;)

  4. Today I heard an interview with a woman who will turn 101 this year... and now I read this. We have a lot to be thankful for from these pioneering women.

  5. This is so lovely. I often wonder about what my Great Grandmother & Grandmother went through. The harsh reality of that era.

    I'm sure I've also inherited the cooking abilities but definitely not the housekeeping!

  6. A wonderful tribute to our pioneering women, Anne. Reminds me of my Grandma and my mum, who put my housekeeping/crafting skills to shame. ;)

  7. It was a different time and world to the one we know wasn't it? And yet, not long ago by history's standards. This piece is a great reminder of how quickly things change and how much we can learn from our 'elders'. Thanks x

  8. This was so lovely to read, I love hearing stories of the pioneer women my own late nan couldnt speak but it never stopped her doing similar to what your nanna did and boy did we listen when she got cranky... Im afraid my banshee screams are nothing on her whispered fury ;)
    Im glad she did eventually enjoy some mod-cons later in life (like the phone) but she flatly refused to get a computer... Me I try to emulate her, but I struggle with balancing the simple life with my much needed mod-cons!
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!!!

  9. My husband's nan (in her early 90s) often talks about scrubbing the kitchen floor, boiling the copper to wash the clothes and so many other tasks that thankfully I don't have to manage each day. Somehow with 6 children and no electrical appliances she was still so much more organised and in control than I am.

    I really enjoyed your WoW piece. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  10. I think they had a lot less "stuff" around to "organize" and a lot less distractions. We're all making it in our own ways. I am sure they are smiling down proud of you. What's a few dust-bunnies when you have a fun mom who will play salon with you?

  11. I have tried to comment so many times on this, Anne that I have almost forgot what I wanted to say. Blogger was playing tricks on me yesterday! I thought this was very interesting and it made me think of my own Nanna and her 7 children born in 8 years. These were a tough breed of women, physically and mentally strong. I only hope we don't lose this strength as time goes by and we end up with more and more mod cons. Thanks for playing along again, Anne. I feel like we are all really starting to get to know each other. Gill xo

  12. Wow, that was a great effort for 5 minutes Anne! It's nice to read something a bit different to everyone else's, something with a bit of history to it.


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