Friday 21 May 2021

A Change Of Scenery.

 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.
Mum was released from hospital the next day, My brother stayed with her for a few days  and then  when   I felt comfortable enough to leave Brian at the farm alone I went over   to stay with her for  four  days.

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.

There was a laundry room at the rear of the house, there were huge  flagstones on he floor which looked amazing.

There were a few other rooms, not sure of their purpose ,

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.

The front of the homestead was lovely, with verandahs  offering great views towards the river.

The original kitchen which was located in the east wing of the house had sadly burnt down but the  restoration group made the decision not to rebuild but to leave the homestead original. The area is marked out and a sign explains this.

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,

Take care,

Stay safe

Wear gloves if you are dealing with mice,


Jane and Brian.


  1. Sorry that your Mum had a fall although it sounds like she is recovering well. The old homestead looked like a great place to walk around. When you think of our modern appliances like fridges, microwaves, kettles etc. you can't imagine how you would survive in those times. The mouse plague is shocking I have seen lots of footage on the news in Brisbane and I can't imagine having to put up with it...horrible. Have a good week. Kathy

    1. The old pleace was lovely,certainly makes us appreciate the modern ammenities we have today.
      Mum is doing very well.
      We are definately over this mouse infestation, it has taken a toll in many ways.
      Take care

  2. Glad to see that your Mum and husband are recovering. Your mum is amazing for 96 - not many people of that age are still living independently.
    You country people are so resourceful and good at overcoming all the difficulties that come your way. Best of luck to you :-)

  3. hope your mum is still recovering well, cheers to her for still being independent too. sorry to hear Brian got so sick too, hope he is much better now as well.
    that old home was a treat to the eyes & heart, thanx for including us in your little tour; just love old places too. shame they lost the kitchen, those gems would have been very hard to restore & replace, probably why they didn't.
    hoping your mouse plague is nearing it's end
    thanx for sharing

  4. Hi. I have been checking in to see if you have posted again. i always enjoy your writing. I hope all is well with you and your family. Ann