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I am a photographer, writer and multi-media artist. Through my blog I am
seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it.



Monday, 24 October 2011

Where I'm From

I belong to a writing group called South Side Quills. I wrote this for our latest assignment.......

Where I’m From

I’m from Jackson and Clayden
From Bilbarin, Corrigin, Kulyaling and Moorumbine
The big kitchen table
And the long back yard at my grandmothers
The outhouse under the weeping trees in the dark
Singing with my sister on the wooden bench under the kitchen window
The gravel footpath.
Gum trees and wheat fields
The cellar under the yard filled with jars of fruit
And the loving embrace of my Aunt.

I’m from Rivervale, Tranby and Belmont
And the inviting smell of a new reading book
The pathway through the bush garden
And a boy named Tony whose father was hanged.

I am from a teacher who frightened me from my sums
Skipping in the playground until the Tranby ship’s bell rang.
And wanting to go to dancing lessons with my Russian friend Anna
With the long name that no-one could spell.

I am from the diesel on my father
And the prickles on his chin
Climbing up to sit beside him in the big tanker truck.
The feel of crushing grapes between my fingers
And the big pot of grape jam on the wood stove.

I’m from the knitting on my mother’s knee
And the treadle sewing machine on the back veranda.
Her singing that filled the house
The pictures that she drew
And listening to her recite Banjo Patterson.

I am from books borrowed from the travelling library van
And sitting on the floor in the cool of the passage way reading on a hot summer’s day.
Running under the sprinkler
And the delicious strawberry nectar of a push up icecream.
The cubbie under the wattle tree
And flying up into the air on the swing on the back shed.

I am from the sound of the milk-cart horse in the early morning
The roar of the cockeyed bob that lifted our roof
Pulling down a Guide tent in the rain while the earthquake cracked!
The front row seat at Oliver Twist and the smiles of the actors just for me.

I am from burnt toast and sloppy cabbage
Lemon meringue pie and Sunday roast
Afternoon tea in a floral tea-set
And buying icecream buckets with my father at the drive-in.

I am from the feel of the hymn book in my gloved hands
As I gaze up at the stained glass of the Wesleyan church
dreaming of my wedding day.

I am from teenage love
And two boys
The eldest unfairly forced to grow up at the age of two
because of a world turned upside down by Down Syndrome
Feeling different because of the label on my forehead that everyone can see.

I am from a life changing accident
Two precious perfect grandsons
The passion of a dragon boat
and selfish stolen moments.

I am from the camera in my hand
And the images and words in my head.
Bush walks and wildflowers and travelling through my country.
And learning too late who I want to be.

I am

By Jill Harrison
September 2011

some more Western Australian wild flowers from our recent trip..........

I'm linking up to Mosaic Monday at Little Red House. To enjoy the work of Mary and other wonderful photographers, please click on the link - Mosaic Monday
I am also linking up to Kim Klassen and her Beyond Layers Course - click here - Beyond Layers

Have a wonderful week. Perhaps you would like to write your own "Where I'm From"

To see more images from our trip go to my post - hopetoun-fitzgerald-river-national-park
 I hope to bring you more images soon - once I've sorted through them!

You can also see my posts - 52 weeks touring around Western Australia - here - Tour Western Australia
A blog I have created from our travels over a number of years around our amazing state of Western Australia.


  1. Hello Jill,

    So nice stopping by to say hi! Enjoyed reading your words and seeing the photos as I get to know you a bit.

    Kindly, Lorraine

  2. Jill, I loved reading this...that was quite an exercise! Your mosaics are very pretty.

  3. Loved reading your words and learning more about you. Gorgeous mosaics. Love the wildflowers! Looks like a great trip!

  4. Enjoyed your post and your photo's! Beautiful family, beautiful flowers!

  5. Beautiful, Beautiful post Jill. Thank you for sharing a part of yourself. Love the wildflowers:)

  6. That was such an enjoyable read! We are indeed the sum total of all our life experiences. You've bought back some memories for me too. Great piece! Loved the photos that went along with it too.

  7. I love reading this! What a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a nice week,

  8. Wow so many wonderful memories. Life lived to the fullest. I enjoyed it. V

  9. Wow that is beautifully written with wonderful pics and mosaics. Loved it, thank you.


    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

  10. Your writing assignment is a beautiful insight into the person you are and reads like a poem. i'm wondering if you answered a series of questions or if it was just writing as the story of your life emerged from your pen...