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.