When I first started this blog I thought I would write about my garden, it’s a big one. We’ve set aside approximately three acres to garden so you can imagine, it keeps both of us busy, but as I am the half of the team who is passionate about planting trees and wanting more gardens then I get to do most of the work!! It’s work that keeps me fit and strong. My blog was also going to be about my lifestyle, how it has evolved over the years. But it seems this blog from the Night Owl Cottage has a mind of its own and it seems to be evolving in quite a different way than I had planned. So ONE day, I will write about my garden and from time to time will finish up with a photo of my garden, but for now, the next installment is … The Brain Drain. The story of how a lot of my family came to live in the Land of Oz.
After we moved out from the hostel we found a furnished flat in Ashfield, Sydney and stayed there for just six months before we moved to a brand new 2 bedroom unit in Lakemba. We thought it was the height of luxury as it was fully carpeted, had a brand new stove and after five years of washing all my laundry by hand Jim bought me a brand new twin tub washing machine. I was in heaven!!
Three years after our arrival in Australia, in 1973, my sister Linda, her husband Roger, and their two sons, Darren aged 5 and Greg aged 3 arrived. They loved the outdoors life and decided that they would stay in this marvellous country. My poor parents had lost another daughter; they only had two left in England with them. They were very supportive of our move here as growing up, my father Bill had always talked about coming to Australia to live.
This photo is of the four of us with our second daughter Debbie (in my arms) and a neighbour’s child outside their own unit in Lakemba.
This photo is of the units we lived in in Yerrick Road, Lakemba
My youngest sister Karen came for a six month working holiday end of 1974, but stayed 12 months as she was enjoying herself so much. She then returned back to England for a year but found she couldn’t settle and realised that she liked Australia so much so she came back November 1976.
We lived at Yerrick Road for three years and in that time we bought a block of land in Bradbury, Campbelltown, NSW and then built a typical triple fronted house on the block. We loved it. It was at this house I found I had a love for gardening and so my passion was born.
Ten years passed and then I got the news from my Mum Irene, that my Dad was taking early retirement and they were planning on emigrating to Australia. Jim and I sponsored my parents to come out and by this stage we had moved into another house that we had built not far from Jacaranda Avenue, Bradbury in Raby, Campbelltown and my parents arrived to live with us in there in 1984. My father and my husband Jim have since passed away, but now we all live in Kyogle, New South Wales, but that’s another blog.
To finish this blog, I thought I would add a couple of photos of my garden. This first one is my cottage garden and gazebo, a lovely quiet place of contemplation and coffee drinking.
This next photo is the lovely old Port Jackson Fig tree planted many, many years ago by a person unknown and which gives our garden such drama and majesty.