by Lynda Williams, Biblah Farm. As featured in The Country Web 2016 Annual
I have had numerous transitions throughout my life that took me away from my home at Wongali, Nevertire.
My first transition was going from Warren High to boarding school in Sydney at the age of 14. This was a big shock to the system—to leave the wide open spaces of home for the confines of inner city living. The city does give people opportunities though, so after school I completed my nursing training there. At the end of my course, I longed to get back to the country. It surprised me that some of my nursing friends in Sydney (that came from the country) were keen to get back there too.
I took a position at Dubbo Base Hospital. It was great as I had several friends there, so it was easy to find people to share a house with as well as people to socialise with. In those days we loved going to B&S’s. It was a great way to meet people and catch up with long-lost friends from all over the countryside.
My next transition from Dubbo was a trip overseas travelling around the world. I was lucky enough to find a great travelling companion in my nursing friend Shazza, from Walgett. We had a lot in common and never had a dull moment. We split up for six weeks in the UK to work and make some money. It was an amazing experience and one that I would recommend to everyone.
Returning from my trip, I had to transition back into working life. It was difficult to get a full-time nursing position so I found myself with temporary positions in Ivanhoe, Walgett and Tottenham. This was a great experience meeting people and broadening my nursing expertise in such things as venipuncture, cannulating and even suturing at Tottenham Hospital. I would work in these towns for a while, then come home in between times and give Dad and Mum a hand at Wongali. That was the good thing about being in the country, it always enabled me to get home frequently, and there’s no place like home!
After a while I started a full-time nursing position at Parkes Hospital. Parkes was a wonderful place to live and work, with extra-friendly people. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. On my days off I would venture home or over to Coonamble to see my boyfriend Tim. Whilst at Parkes we became engaged, which led me to the biggest transition of all.
Tim and his brother Neale purchased Biblah Farm during our engagement, which was to become our new home. Biblah Farm is situated 65 km out of Coonamble. About 20 km of the road was bitumen and the rest dirt. Even though I consider myself a country girl through and through, to begin with, this place, way out of town, seemed quite isolating to me.
Over the years we have happily settled into life at Biblah Farm. We have had the odd drought and rain at harvest time, but on the whole we are going alright. I have ended up with my great friend Shazza (now called Shar) just down the road; how lucky can someone be? Tim and I have four beautiful children, who have now made their own transitions to boarding school and university.
I wouldn’t be anywhere else in the world and I hope we have instilled the love of country life into our children.