A few weeks ago we got a phone call to let us know that my elderly mother who is 96 and lives alone had taken a fall in her bathroom and had been taken to hospital.
The x rays and scans showed that she had broken 3 ribs and some other associated damage.
I was unable to go over immediately as Brian had contracted Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection passed from the mice in the plague that we have been dealing with and was quite ill. He spent a full week either in bed or on the couch which is very rare for him.
My brother and sister in law who live in Dubbo were on hand and my sister from Parkes came over.
Mum had many visitors in hospital to cheer her up and my brother from Sydney came and stayed for a week.
On Mother's day Mum was allowed out for lunch and Brian was well enough , so we travelled over toDubbo o my brother's house .
My brother cooked a great BBQ and we had a lovely lunch.
Mum and I got a selfie together.
While I was there my sister in law suggested a trip out to "Dundullimal" an historic National Trust pioneering homestead established about 1852.
Mum decided not to come with us as it was an extremely cold day and she was still quite sore. She had been there many years ago and thought she would rather stay inside and keep warm.
It is not far out of Dubbo located along side the Macquarie River.
The original homestead is of vertical slab construction. You approach the homestead from the rear.
When you first enter, there is a room showing the internal construction of the walls, but I forgot to photograph it.
The home has beautiful original timber floors, beams and ceilings which was evident in the bedroom.
They have decorated the house as it would have been all those years ago,
This beautiful old cross stitch was gorgeous.
There was a walk in pantry/Store room which they explained wouldn't have been for food but more likely held the china, glassware,cutlery, serving dishes ect.
This old babies cot was in one.
This round object is a rotating pantry store, the various drawers pulled out, the accompanying notice said it was to keep stores safe from vermin, a much needed asset in the old days I am sure.
In the grounds are the original sandstone stables, blacksmith and storage areas,
I loved the beautiful pebble floors.
There are other various original out buildings, that are used for various displays and functions.
There is a small church on the property which has had a few homes in it's life but finally finding a forever home on the historic property.It had 5 previous homes before ending up at Dundullimal in 2012. It originally started out at Timbrebongie amd is believed to have ties to Saint Mary Mackillop. This sits where there was once originally a property church many years before.
It was a lovely couple of hours wandering around this old property. It is well used for special events throughout the year, the day after we visited there was to be a special opera performance in the grounds. I will certainly return another day, and I think Brian would also enjoy a look around.
I had a nice few days with my mum, she was healing really quickly and quite confident that she will be perfectly safe one her own. She now has a daily shower lady and a cleaner which takes a lot of pressure off.
While I was there, I took Mum out of the unit each day for a short walk around her little village, and each day she seemed to be getting a little stronger. She had to have many rests along the way.
While I was visiting the Dubbo Show was on and we were able to watch the fireworks on the Saturday night from my Mother's unit.
It was good to stay with Mum, we talked constantly about years gone by, Mum has an amazing memory for her age, it's just a shame that the old body isn't quite as good.
My sister from Sydney is now with Mum for a few days.
I am back home with the mice again now, Brian is much better, recent blood results show the toxin levels in his body is subsiding which is good news.
So until we meet again,
Wear gloves if you are dealing with mice,
Jane and Brian.