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Scary Monsters and Book Clubs

I belong to a Book Club in the country; last year we celebrated our 50th anniversary of uninterrupted meetings with a core group of 30 women. We have a constitution and a book convenor who chooses about 15 books that we read and review each month. We mostly travel to each other’s homes, and some of these properties have been in families for generations. So we get to see beautiful old houses and lovingly tended gardens. We also get to travel!

The group began as a vital resource for women who lived on remote rural properties and although communications have improved and some roads are now sealed, the group still offers vital friendship and support to all members.

Yesterday I travelled about 300kms from my farm to a property at Tambar Springs, near Gunnedah. And of course three hours back home over the Range after the meeting, reviews, lunch and sharing of stories about the lack of rain. We had a lively discussion about Reckoning by Magda Szubanski and The Grass Harp by Truman Capote.

Tambar Springs may be a small town but it has a giant claim to fame…in 1979 the Australian Museum discovered the skeleton of a Diprotodon, the largest ever marsupial, on a property at Tambar Springs. It is presumed to be 33,500 years old and features on the signs coming into town.