Shared a bottle of Mandoon Estate Rosé with my dearly beloved – perthcafeculture at The Woodbridge Hotel. Strawberry aromas, lovely fresh berries on the palate – went down a treat with my decadent Woody burger.
Walked home and started reading Louise Allen’s ‘The Sisters’ Song’ in our shady courtyard – and didn’t stop until I finished! Could not put it down. This book took me back to my younger years growing up in country Victoria and reminded me of stories of my parents and grandparents early lives. Louise Allan truly transports you back to whichever era she is writing about.
Being one of five daughters in a family of nine children – it is fascinating seeing the siblings personalities and relationships grow, waver, weaken and strengthen – depending on what life throws at them. I felt like I was in the same rooms as Ida and Nora were, sharing their triumphs and disappointments. Their father dies when they are very young – and their mother never really recovers- it falls to their paternal grandmother to help their mother and provide support and guidance to the two young girls – particularly in furthering Nora’s musical career.