After a brief hiatus…I’m back!
Completing WordPress Writing 101 was a phenomenal experience! Five days a week…Monday thru Friday…for four weeks…the firmament was lit with the brilliance of hundreds? or more?? of talented writers/bloggers! And now I am part of that family. What a gift!!
Writing/posting daily assignments, then reading and responding to what my fellow bloggers wrote and posted set me on fire!
Now it’s up to me to stoke those dying embers…
Our next stop is Wodonga, NSW, AU. Our host is Margi. She greets us at the airport and we head for “home” in her Toyota SUV. We approach the gate to her almost-on-top-of-the-mountain homestead. It reads “Yalca,” Funny…there’s something…almost surreal about this setting…It’s almost as if…well, almost as if I”m on a movie set. Great guns! If that’s the case, just think of the photo ops awaiting me! Welcome to…
Yalca…the Sights and Sounds at Home on the Range
Yalca. An unfamiliar name to me. But then being on another continent, in another country, I’m getting used to the “unusual.” Margi shares the history of Yalca, the name she chose for her homestead.
For starters, acquisition of these 100 acres was quite a challenge! Many folks desired this location, but were turned down because to build a house on a mountain top would change the skyline. It would chop up the continuous mountain view which was not allowed by Wodonga “law.” Well, Margi got around that one with her proposal to build on the “side” of the mountain. It worked! Although it’s a relatively “new” house (built in 2000), the exterior has a weathered look of one built in the 1950s.
Yalca’s six Tudor Gothic windows are from the dismantled remains of the Yalca Church of England built in 1888 in Yalca, NSW. Margi artistically continues the Tudor Gothic “church” theme both internally and externally as you will see. Yalca. With this one word, Margi immortalizes the memory of these hallowed windows. Viewing a sunset through one of these windows is the only needed explanation!
The shiny sound of welding (Can you hear it??) continues day after day. Len and Margi work on her “Family” sculpture. The family members of Mom, Dad and Child are represented by augers of different heights.
My journal entry for 1/7/15 says:My spirit is happy here at Yalca. It is a safe place to cry…not out of happiness or sadness…just tears/emotions that wish to be released. I cried some tears today while I danced. I love dancing and twirling around Margi’s house…it is sooo spacious!