Springtime in the Valley

In Week 4 of 6, although you are only suppose to submit one story I actually submitted two under the subject of ‘Creating a Backdrop’.  Both stories were about Margaret Jane Snowdon nee Lydeker my 2nd great grandmother.  This one was written as fiction on how seven year old Margaret may have felt as they traveled to their new farm.  I didn’t feel I had done justice to the intent of the subject with my first story. It was submitted on 14 January 2017.

Springtime in the Valley

Seven year old Margaret lay daydreaming in the back of the buggy as it bumped and jolted its way along the gravel road towards their new home.  It was a beautiful spring day with a  clear sky and a slight breeze to stop it from being too warm.

Wattle bushes of yellow and red were bursting with colour. Majestic gum trees lined the road and were at times so dense only dappled light came through. Every now and then laughing could be heard over the noise of the buggy as though the kookaburras thought they were a funny looking bunch.

Every so often Margaret would glimpse a koala and be reminded of the one that used to cling to their veranda post.  The kangaroos grazing on the side of the road made her smile as she remembered how in winter they covered themselves with kangaroo skins when out walking and were often told they looked like emus instead.

At times they travelled beside the clear rushing water of the King river which snaked its way through the valley they were traversing.  They had stopped a few times to eat and give their bodies a rest from the constant jostling motion of the buggies.  Her two year old sister toddled around happy to be free for a time.

Finally after two days of travelling some 21 miles, the buggies pulled into the drive of their new farm in King Flat.

Margaret was excited and ready for whatever adventures may come her way.

King Valley

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I have been researching my family history since 2009. I am interested it the family names Shingles, McEwan, Snowdon & Witt around Gippsland and Wodonga areas of Victoria, Australia

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