Tuesday, May 24, 2011

...........made me think................

Dearest Mom
The girls are meeting for afternoon tea today - Donna is heading back home to Yaraka.
Every 6 weeks Donna drives 1200km to the Sunshine Coast to spend 6 weeks with her Mom who lives here. Donna's Dad passed away three years ago, both her and her brother promised their Dad that they would not leave their Mom on her own. So they have a 6 weeks turnaround - Donna's mom is now 93 and has the pleasure of both her children caring for her in her later years - I think it is the most beautiful gesture by Donna and her brother.
This is Donna, between Debs and Katie.

Yaraka was initially a "sheep" area ..................



....................aerial view of Yaraka - there are only 8 houses .......................



.....................it really was the end of the line - the train did stop here - but has since stopped running altogether - that is how the resident's shopping was delivered..............now Donna has to travel about 240km to the nearest shop......................



Donna's husband is the (entire) local police department..............



Yaraka has no shops but they do have a pub and a church.....





This is Donna's house - which I thought would be good to visit for a weekend - only to discover that it would take us TWO days to get there - cancel........



.................BBQ area - looks as though you could have a good party in Yaraka - don't have to worry about disturbing the neighbours!!!




This is a cold room thingy - people cull kangaroos (plague proportions there) and hunt wild pigs. Donna "holds" the carcasses here for who ever picks them up. There is a big demand for wild pigs - especially from Russia and Germany - who knew?????




This is not a roo - but a cow - with shops so far away......................



Donna has to pretty organised and cannot afford to leave her shopping list at home - hmmmmm I could live there.................



The flying Doctor takes about 45 to reach Yaraka - so I am sure the 11 people who live in Yaraka try to live a safe and healthy life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jokes aside, I think that what Donna and her brother do for their Mom is quite remarkable.



Made me think......................


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Jenny

1 comment:

  1. Could you please upload more images of the town if that is at all possible i used to live there when i was younger i really wish to some time go back even if you could email some to me that would be great (Mitchellhine@gmail.com

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