Sunday, July 4, 2010

Such a Treat

I read a lovely book last week.
About a dog in the Nor' West
of Western Australia
And the people who loved him

Louis de Bernieres' Red Dog

It brought back a lot of childhood memories
Of when we drove to Marble Bar
One of the hottest places on Earth
For a family wedding

It was a long drive on dirt roads
Several thousand kilometers
With my parents and my grandmother
It was quite an adventure

On our way there we called into Roebourne
To visit my Aunt and Uncle and cousins
Who lived in a caravan
In that dry and dusty place

The times were different
There were few houses for families
You had to be tough and resilient 
To live in that part of the world

The Pilbara has changed
since those pioneering days
Now it's all suburban amenities
And air-conditioned comfort

Which is why 'Red Dog' was such a treat
Allowing me to re-visit how it used to be
When the world was still a surprise
waiting to be opened.



  1. Hi its not a book I have heard of but I will look in the library for it.
    I remember visiting friends in Perth in 1987 and then in 2000 wow what a change a lot of the wild country places we would have liked to have lived in had gone even in that short time.
    Have a good week
    Cate x

  2. Time changes so much doesn't it? From the dirt roads where you live to the country roads where I live. Thanks for sharing the photos!
    Take Care,


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