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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - DESTINATION TRAVEL -

‘Ahead of them the road runs in a long en­twined un­du­la­tion of mud, patched tar and fjords of green, the grassy surfaces rut­ted and tram­pled, but the young shoots sur­gent in the sun; flow­ers and flow­er­ing weed in full re­galia, a car­ni­val sight, fox­glove high­est and lordli­est of all, the big furry bees nos­ing in the cool speck­led re­cesses of mauve and white bell. O sun. O brazen egg-yolk al­ba­tross; else­where dap­pled and fil­tered through dif­fer­ent muslins of leaf, an af­ter-smell where that poor don­key col­lapsed, died and de­cayed; the frame of a car, turquoise once; rimed in rust, dock and net­tle drap­ing the torn seats, a shrine where a drunk and driven man put an end to him­self ...’

EDNA O’BRIEN DOWN BY THE RIVER (1997)

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