Elizabeth moved in to the little house next door.
Over the passing months, we shared a dividing fence and much more.
Elizabeth got to know my noisy sausage dogs. We both watched death creep up and take her sweet old dog, Rufus.
Our cats eventually came to a truce after a few battles and losing quite a bit of fur and decided to stick to their own gardens, most of the time.
We shared a love of our resident bird community and the fiddlewood ficus with its huge leaves in her backyard. We both enjoyed picking the sweet ripe mulberries on the tree down the back and sharing all the different ways we ate them.
Elizabeth took me to her world of gluten-free food, lifechanging bread, church singing, native gardening, compost making, vintage retro furniture, tip shopping, no car, no fracking, chemical-free living, caring for this planet and caring for its people.
She showed me how to live positively with the uncertainty of unemployment, how to think creatively, set up an Airbnb in the cottage next door and eventually how to take a risk and be open to a new life, on the other side of Australia, in Newcastle. She’ll be closer to her Canberra parents and the people of Newcastle will warm to her big smile and even bigger heart.
Meanwhile, back here in Geraldton ... House for rent. Cottage by the sea, looking for a new tenant, must be interesting, like sausage dogs, enjoy mulberries and be open to feeding my cat while I visit a friend in Newcastle. Readers interested in contributing to Writers’ Corner can email stories (maximum 200 words) to email@example.com. Writers of the Coral Coast meet at 2pm on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at the City of Greater Geraldton Library. The group welcomes writers of all abilities.
There will be no Station Life this week. We apologise to our readers who enjoy Raelene Hall’s column and hope to see it return next week. Editor