Reasons To Leave Widget: Drought

The cheese factory cuts production.  Not enough milk to buy.  The white stuff costs more than unleaded petrol.  It’s cheaper to buy the girls that line up with shrunken tits a few long-necks after work than it is to get a load of water in.  Widget’s running on empty. The cows bat their long lashes. […]

Reasons to Leave Widget: Flood

When the Tuross River rises it sucks at the undersides of the timbers of the old bridge. Confused vegetation and stiff-legged, waterlogged cattle wash out of low paddocks where the fences are down.  They lodge in the crossbeams of the timber trestle.  The detritus of the countryside eventually sidles past the trusses. Away. The knobbly […]

Leaving Widget

The first post office was down on the river flats at a place called Widget.  Then the roiling brown floodwaters flowed through the main street.  The mail couldn’t get through.  There was no point ‘digging in’, especially in the face of a natural paddock top-dressing. The railway line remained high and dry throughout.  It was […]