Midwest Times - - OPINION - Lor­raine Chap­man Let­ters should be 250 words or fewer. The Editor re­serves the right to edit let­ters for clar­ity and le­gal rea­sons. Send to: Editor, Mid­west Times, PO Box 128 Ger­ald­ton WA 6531. Fax 08 9956 1040. Email editor@ger­ald­ton­news­pa­pers.com.au.

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 neal@wn.com.au. 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

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