Why did I choose to drive myself to Donnybrook? Anyone who knows me, knows I do not like driving to places I have never been before. They probably also know I find it easy to ‘mislay’ myself. (Okay, I admit it… I get lost.) Perhaps some of it is to do with the problem I have with my left and right hand directions. Tell me to turn left, and I will probably turn right.
I have met many people who have the same problem… perhaps I should form a club.
Mary (not her real name) has been a friend for many years. We belong to the same type of church, and there were some special ‘days’ coming up. This year she invited me to come visit her – in Donnybrook. That is in the south-west of Western Australia. The only time my late husband and I went to Donnybrook was by mistake. We had been at a church festival in a town down south, I knew we had to find South West Highway to return home, (it was before the freeway went that far) and I found it. As we travelled, and the miles passed, and passed… there was nothing we recognised as looking remotely like the approach to the Perth suburbs.
“I don’t remember Donnybrook on the way down.”
A hotel had a sign out front advertising morning teas, so we parked the car and went in. When the waitress brought our coffees (I don’t like tea), I asked her, “If we keep going on this road, will we reach Perth?”
She smiled and said, “You will reach Esperance.”
Esperance was on the south coast of WA. I had been driving the wrong way!
Now, however, the freeway goes all the way to Bunbury… well, it changes name a few times but it is a straight road down. Till the big roundabout before Bunbury where I had to turn left… and I knew, in advance, what way I was turning. “There is a dedicated left lane,” Mary had said… and so had others.
Mary had given me directions… but something didn’t quite add up. All was well until I had to turn left up South West Hwy. and I did. Looking at the map detail now I finally can see what went wrong. The exit (left) for South West Hwy that I took was for the separate one going north. A little further on from where I turned left, was the next left turn, for the South West Hwy going south.
There are two separate left turns into South West Highway… and no markings as to which direction it is heading. (I noticed I was going the wrong way when some of the towns, which had exits from the Freeway on the way down,were coming closer.
Donnybrook – at last!
Ah well, I did arrive in Donnybrook and it was a wonderful time meeting people I had not seen for years, resting – yes, even writing some of book 5. (A new section to add to the existing draft.)
Oh, Mary had recommended Hold the Faith (book 1 in the series) to a minister acquaintance. While I was with her she received a note from him. Amongst the other comments he made, he said that he had found Hold the Faith reminded him of Lynn Austin’s series Chronicles of the Kings. Mary was a bit unsure of the comment.
“If he thinks I write like Lynn Austin I take that as a compliment,” I said.
Lynn Austin’s series – the one he referred to, is about King Ahaz, King Hezekiah, and his son Manasseh. My late husband and I read them as they were released… they brought those people to life. Yes, like my series, they are fiction, but she too had done a lot of research.
So, it made me think – as well as feeling blessed, I will look up Lynn Austin and other writers in my genre and maybe even share my thoughts on them in a blog.
Till then, farewell. I am safely home from Donnybrook and the return trip was much less complicated.
PS – Book 3 in the series, The Light of Truth is available in print now on Amazon. So that Reader’s Circle members could receive a discount, I released it at a discount. On the 1st of May it goes to the ‘normal’ price of $14.95.
So… blog readers, you now have a chance to grab a copy at the reduced price.
Here is a link for you to check it out… http://amzn.to/2pY0uZ5