Seasonal Almanac

Cold dew: Sparrows enter the water and turn into clams (5 of 5)

April 15th, 2009

Cold dew 10 of 15Harvey is a farming town, 141 km South-west of Perth. The site, part of the Harvey River Basin, was included in Captain James Stirling ‘s 1829 land grant. The present population of the town is 2606.  TransWA Australind (train) runs 2 daily services from Perth to Bunbury (and back). Keen commuters catch the 6.32am from Harvey and arrive in Perth at 8.30am. The town’s three famous produce are the Harvey Orange, Harvey Milk, and Harvey Beef.

Redmond’s uncle, Alan, retired to Harvey from cattle farming in Mukkabuddin. Migrated to Australia with his parents and extended family at the age of 10 from the West of England, Alan stills retains a strong Bristol accent. Still holding a driver’s licence at the age of 89, Alan is sometimes seen driving his yellow Jambuck yute into town. Over the years, he has kept himself amused with his interests in electronics, subscriptions to Australasian Science, and occassionaly excursions with the ‘Senior Citz’ (as he calls them).

On our visit, Alan took us to a local cafe where the majority of the cliente was 70+. After lunch, he took us to see the murals of Harvey’s history installed outside the local supermarket. Harvey shares the common story of Western Australia settlement schemes. The local artist, however, has made the most of it.

Over the fence in Alan’s courtyard garden, we could see his 90 year old neighbour’s, Sid’s, gardening effort. His various vegetable seedlings were protected by impressive snail-traps which he fashioned out of ‘meals-on-wheels’ containers.

2 Responses to “Cold dew: Sparrows enter the water and turn into clams (5 of 5)”

  1. 1 Silvia kwon
    April 26th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    My goodness. They are a beacon for the rest of us. Usually you find women living into their 80s and 90s so these blokes are doing really well. whenever I am in WA, I always buy Harvey Fresh milk and it tastes completely different to all the other milks on the supermarket shelves. And I have always wondered – why??? I took their phone number on my last visit with the intention of ringing them to see if they stock it in VIC. Then I thought of the long haul across the nullabour……

  2. 2 Lucas
    April 26th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    They don’t make Harvey Crumpets? (sorry)

    i love the snail traps!
    but i worry that Sid’s soil is so bare. Needs some mulch?

    Uncle Al is pretty much how you might imagine uncle Red at age 89, right?