The long waterhole

Mrs Galah watching me from her nest in a knothole in the old gum tree
Everlasting daisies have sprung up where we haven’t seen them for years

My hometown Gilgandra hugs the banks of the Castlereagh River. The river runs underground for most of its course, for most of the time, but at Gilgandra surfaces to form a permanent waterhole.

Of course the Aboriginal people of this area flocked to the waterhole, especially in dry times. The waterhole was a meeting place for the major groups to the south and west, the Wiradjuri and the Wailwan. Their word for a long waterhole is Gilgandra or Carlginda.

On the plains nearby, wheat and oilseed crops flourish where indigenous women ground and made flour of stands of native grasses in centuries past.

On a visit home last week I strolled along the river banks admiring the ancient eucalypts, no doubt witness to many a camp and celebration. The river flows at present, thanks to generous recent rains.

Around watercourses and swamps birds nest and flowers bloom, flourishing after the long drought. Such a miracle that seed and wildlife survive years of scarce food and water.

So we humans might flourish again after this period of slowing down and turning inward. Poverty of contact and an opening out of time might help us value a slower, more reflective mode of life.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Australian Haiku Society

haikuoz - the enjoyment of haiku

Amarela Space

I'm just another dreamer...

Contemplative Camino

Four ways to solitude, stillness and silence

the prowling Bee

Four ways to solitude, stillness and silence

Four ways to solitude, stillness and silence

The Renegade Press

Tales from the mouth of a wolf

church ov solitude

We are all just babes in the woods.

Memoir coach and author Marion Roach

Welcome to The Memoir Project, the portal to your writing life.

Split Seconds of Life

Travels, food, mindfulness, new work, photography

Australian Hiker

Four ways to solitude, stillness and silence

Diary of an Aesthete

Follow the Journey ☩𓀙𓃦☉


Distinguished reader selectively reads

Reflections from the Countryside

life in rural New Brunswick, Canada

AllSuper Info

TV Channel | Alexa Skill | News & Content Blog - Development and Maintenance

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

Julie Anne Thorndyke

writer, poet, reviewer

Books and my backpack

Musings of a trekking author


Four ways to solitude, stillness and silence

%d bloggers like this: