(If youre interested in following the accompanying narrative, the images in this series are best viewed in order, 1-5.)
Her widowed mother continues to live in their old family home, where she visits her twice weekly. Today she finds her mother making the double bed and so she stands on the opposite side to help, carefully creasing the sheet into the precise hospital corners her mother taught her when she was a child. The scent of her fathers aftershave is suspended in the air between them and the older woman is suddenly reminded of that morning long ago, before the children were born, when he had forgotten to buy milk and she to fill her car with petrol. In his Hillman Husky on the way to the shop, still partially wrapped in the not-yet-forgotten cosiness of their bed, she braked suddenly to avoid hitting a dog chasing a cat across the road. As the car jolted to a stop, a forgotten lipstick, that wasnt her shade, rolled slowly from its hiding place under the passenger seat
She shakes the memory away and, smiling wistfully at her daughter across the bed, plumps the pillows once more and suggests a nice hot cup of tea.
(to be continued)
The second in a series of images inspired by the Tasmanian cabinet maker and visual artist Patrick Hall. (Anyone interested in viewing some of his fabulous work may click here
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