Knock, knock… I’m still here

It has been a long time between drinks since my last blog post. My absence wasn’t intentional but life happens. I had written that I would explore the origins of Easter, and I will. First, I need to get my headspace in the right zone. At the moment, my mind is all over the place, so much is going on at work and at home and trying to get into the writing space isn’t happening. I’ve decided not force myself to write because I know the work would be substandard and I won’t be happy with what I produce.

I did go away for a week to a small town called Pemberton, about a four-hour drive south of Perth. We stayed at Big Brook Cottages. Absolutely lovely cottages, only four on the property and no children! Corinna and Paul, the owners, were wonderful and very hospitable. So nice too, after a long and stressful school term.

Pemberton is part of our tall timber region and home to various species of trees only to be found in our South-West of Western Australia. The Marri, Karri and Jarrah trees are stunning and can grow to over 40 metres. The Jarrah tree, a hard wood, had been used as timber for houses and furniture. Today, it is a prized and rare wood, and expensive. Much of these trees and many other species, plus much of our flora, are now protected by the government under the Conservation and Land Management Act. It is a beautiful location and to walk amongst these gentle giants, is a privilege. We did a lot of walking and took the time to appreciate the native forests. I also took a lot of photos.

I had taught in a town nearby and on the weekends would go for drives and walk in the forests. That’s what I remembered most about the region, and the connection to nature. It was revitalising and the purest form of enjoyment. Plus, mobile and internet connectivity was low to nil, and I really loved not being connected to the world. It was nice not to be dictated to by all this digital noise.

So, what am I up to now?

For the time being, I am in survival mode, though after having read Jacqui Murray’s Born in a treacherous time, my use of the term ‘survival mode’ may not meet the standards that Lucy and her fellow companions had to do to exist in a difficult and dangerous world. Living in a prehistoric period requires a different set of skills in order to ‘survive’, compared to living in the 21st century. Humans have always adapted to their environment, you have to, and this comes through very clearly in Jacqui Murray’s story. To this day, we continue to adjust and adopt a range of skills to endure what this digital age and all else that our extraordinary world expects from us mere mortals. I am sure that is something that Lucy and her kind would scratch their heads and perhaps say, ‘Why?’ when they look at us and our chaotic lives.

Perhaps this is what we should be asking as well. Why?

That’s enough rambling. Thank you for your continued support and as always, I look forward to your comments and will respond.

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, burnt out but not done… yet.

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  1. Glynis Jolly

    Sometimes a person just needs a break from all that makes her frustrated and tense, which is what I imagine you are doing. Getting back to the basics of living each day requires skills that need to be sharpened once in a while. I wish you well as you rediscover yourself and your life.

    [I hope it doesn’t take too long. ❤ ]

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    • cav12

      Thank you, Glynis for the lovely words of wisdom. I sense you’ve had a familiar journey. Getting in touch with nature reminded me how much I love connecting with the environment, whether it’s by the ocean or walking in forest.

      I don’t think I can stay away from my digital family too long, I keep coming back 😀 xx

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  2. Jacqui Murray

    What a lovely post–and the shout-out for Born in a Treacherous Time. I do agree: What we consider survival Lucy would have considered glorious. But that doesn’t take away from the difficulties we face. Ours are more emotion and mental I think, because we see a bigger picture, understand consequences, connect a lot more dots. I hope it all works out for you–I’m sure it will. I think this is one of the pieces I love most about writing. I can escape reality!

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    • cav12

      I wish I could escape reality at present. 😉 I would love to immerse myself in writing but I guess when the time is right, I’ll be back with Evandros and co.
      Just feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment and connecting with you all has been the right medicine.
      Thank you, Jacqui 😀

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      • Jacqui Murray

        It took me many many years before I could commit to fulltime writing and even now, that’s mixed with my online teaching, freelancing, and whatever else crops up! For me, it’s a good balance.

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