A memoir of land, nature and belonging
‘Mountain Magic’ the For Sale ad calls it: ‘Seven pastured acres on the side of a mountain. A passive-solar, rammed-earth and glass house with views over the inlet, the karri forest and to the mountains in the distance. A dam full of marron and trout. An orchard full of fruit; a veggie garden bursting with goodness. Room for a pony or two. Birdsong by day, frog chorus by night.’ It sounds like paradise. Following the long tree-lined drive up to the house, it looks like paradise. It’s just the sort of place I would love; the answer to that long-cherished dream of a few acres in the country. The catch is, this time it’s me selling.
Set in the south-west of Western Australia, A Few Acres tells a personal story about my longing to live in close contact with the land and nature. In tracing my family’s journey to-ing and fro-ing between city and country, A Few Acres explores what binds us to a place and how that plays out in daily life. It looks at the interplay of personal desire and family commitment, and the space between dreams and reality, while bringing in elements of a bigger story, the story of the Australian experience of interacting with the land.