Hang on to the magic
WHEN I arrived in WA in March this year, I came having been brought up on a diet of National Geographic films of Australia, the deserts, millions of camels, animals, insects that will sting and kill you, and people living underground to avoid the searing heat.
So, with some trepidation I came to Toodyay, ‘miles out into the bush’.
What a pleasant surprise awaited me.Read more
Firstly, no camels but it was, and don’t be offended, like stepping back into a 1950s Great Britain. I mean that as a compliment.
In those days, people were hardworking, polite, courteous to each other, helped each other and were neighbourly. You could leave your door unlocked, safe in the knowledge that your property would not be touched.
People would acknowledge each other passing by, either on foot or driving (for those who had cars then), and there was no litter and the parks were spotless with no graffiti. Does any of this ring a bell?
As an outsider looking in, so to speak, this is Toodyay today.
Any of you who have been following the UK news, will see a country which is tearing itself apart – the unlimited hypocrisy, the biased press and the political correctness gone mad has ruined a great country. And it will be hard to get it back.
Hang onto what you’ve got, people. From what I see Toodyay is a magic place to live.
And to the politicians I say, whoever you are, promote Toodyay. It has so much going for it.
Sell the town to the rest of WA and to the world.
At weekends I watch tourists come here. It must be a welcome relief for them if they have come from the city. Build on that.
Allegedly I could be flying home to the UK in July sometime. I will be sad to leave.
Thank you to all those I’ve met. The friendship shown to this trapped Pom is very much appreciated.
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