Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My place and yours

I have been doing more thinking than blogging lately, although I wander through life composing interesting and challenging posts in my head (do you do that too or is it just me???) I have been more involved in 'living' it than 'blogging' it.

There has been a lot of talk of 'homes' lately (... I blame Pip personally!) and I have been unable to play along as I'm too busy thinking about the concept instead. I am a serial house-mover. I moved house 11 times before I was 20. In the past 10 years I have lost track of my different accommodations... many of the temporary,youth hostels, other peoples homes, live-in jobs, in-laws houses... it's too complicated to even try and remember!!!

At last I have settled here and for the first time in longer than I can remember I have stayed for two years this week. That's a record for me!


So if home is where I lay my hat that presents a problem, I couldn't for the life of me think of an object which has been with me more than this period of time. And then, I found it.... and it's the most boring, ugly thing I own. It's something that has been stored in the cupboard in the spare room since I moved in.

It's this....



My backpack.
How dull and dusty can you get?

I got this when I moved to Scotland for Uni back in 2000. And it housed my worldly possessions for 4 years.

Now that is an image not worth blogging about if ever I saw one! But this is one I have been thinking a lot about too...

High winds brought down these nests a few weeks ago and I'm absolutely fascinated by them. At first I was attracted by the pretty Rosella feathers, but then I looked closer...These nests are cleverly made up of bits and pieces of things that have been found round and about my property. See the poly-fill? Red sewing cotton?

And most fascinating of all, look closer still and you will see long, dark hair. On closer inspection you will find some of it comes from the angus cattle in the back paddock. But not all of it.
My house has a seriously old-school water disposal system... that is to say it doesn't have one at all. The water from sinks, showers, washing machine all run into shallow, open, brick drains outside the house walls. open to the air they then run off into the garden or sit and evaporate.
Did you know I have long, dark hair? The same long, dark hair that was plucked from the shower drain, cleverly woven into a home and then dis-entangled by me from this birds nest?

If I am part of this birds home then I think, just like this bird, I have created a home, woven from nothing but myself and some bits and pieces found around the place. I am my home and where ever I lay myself I guess that must be what makes it.

9 comments:

beck said...

Oh I loved this post Steph. The nests, your hair and the last paragraph, all fantastic, interesting and wonderfully you. Great to see you last night, it was a hoot wasn't it? See you soon lovely xo ps my verification word is 'grace', something you have a lot of x

lily40au said...

What a totally cool post ... blogging in your head (and I thought it ws just me LMAO), a backpack as a home (oh the thrill of the open road) to your hair forming part of someone else's home. Just wonderful.

M* (Melanie) said...

Oh what a gorgeous post. I love the metaphors. I love the link with the transient Steph who is now transformed into the nesting one. How amazing to find pieces of you in amongst the nests.

Oh and yes, I often write my posts in my head too. They also never make it to my blog, well rarely. I find I step away from the personal when I sit down to write and stick with trusty old factual craft. It's a funny thing.

Umatji said...

beautiful post and a true description.

dear prudence said...

Hi Lovely! what an amazing life you have already lived. I'm finding the hair thing interesting, considering what you've been toiling over lately!xx

The Back Shed said...

A beautiful post! It will make me look at nests in our yard more carefully. Thank You

teddybearswednesday said...

really lovely post. thank you

Elecat said...

.....I've been a serial mover in the last five years & while exciting at first, I can honestly say now that I am OVER IT! Thanks for sharing your birds nest story..... beautiful. :)

Thea said...

I love this post too. So fascinating to learn how resourceful birds can be to build and "feather" their nests.