JUNE 3, 2014
Writing 101, Day Two: A Room with a View (Or Just a View)
We’re all drawn to certain places. If you had the power to get somewhere — anywhere — where would you go right now? For your twist, focus on building a setting description.
A VIEW OF LIFE
The house in Bridgeman downs in Brisbane was situated on the side of a steep hill, indeed walking up the drive was a struggle for my wife, Margaret.
There was a balcony that stretched around the house overlooking a valley with wonderful houses screened by the typical Australian tropical vegetation.
High Palm trees mingled with Eucalyptus trees in the woodland in the middle distance and this was backed up by a range of mountains on the distant horizon, often shrouded in cloud and mist.
The view from the balcony and the dining area was stunning at any time of the day. In the very early hours of the morning at daybreak there was a cacophony of sound as the local bird-life awoke,
with the shrieking of Cockatoos mingled with the distinctive sound of Kookaburras, with many more birds contributing to the wonderful dawn chorus.
The very colourful plumage of many of these birds is stunning and it was a joy to sit and watch the huge variety of birds flying around the treetops in the distance.
There were some very colourful Rainbow Lorikeets feeding on the nectar from the flowers on a Golden Penda tree at the bottom of the hill at the end of the drive, during the flowering season.
Many a morning when we visited, it was just so relaxing to look out over this ever-changing prospect, just to sit and ponder as the morning broke.
The evening view was the crowning glory of the day as the sun went down and the beautiful all too brief sunsets would descend.
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