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Journeys : Apr May 2012
My slice of the island Cary Lewincamp F or me, it’s all about community! My latest CD is called Home. It was released half way through last year and it celebrates the building of our new home, a project I have been working on for the last three years or more. During this time I’ve ref lected on what home means to me and the concept of where we choose to live and why. If we had made a sensible financial decision, we should have sold our home and bought a new larger one to accommodate our present family of seven children. Instead, we chose to stay where we were, v irtually demolish our existing home and rebuild it on the old foundations. Why ? It all started twelve years ago. Sona and I first moved to Waterworks Road in South Hobart in January 2000. She was very pregnant with our first child together (we each had a son from our previous marriages) and Taylor was born in the front bedroom as a home water-birth two months later. Our fourth son arrived in much the same way 14 months later. Our first few years were spent house renovating, landscaping and bringing up our boys. We kept a lot to ourselves in those early days, and didn’t really get to know our neighbourhood. But we loved where we were. We had a beautifully-maintained reserve just a few doors up and a creek and walking track s over the road. Turn left and we could walk to the top of Mt Wellington, crossing roads only twice; or turn right and be in town in 35 minutes. By car, it’s only seven minutes to the GPO and yet we live surrounded by bush. A stroll to the local South Hobart cafe was a regular occurrence. A perfect place to br ing up a family! Little did we know that there was so much more in the valley yet to be discovered – neighbours, friends, a community and a sense of belonging. It began w ith the children. Instead of parents driving their kids to school or walking them on their ow n, Sona contacted other people in the street, organised a roster of parents and the Water works Walking Bus was on for young and old. One parent in the front, one in the back and up to eight children or more in the middle. The half-hour walk down to Princes Street Primary was often filled with Dad jokes, songs, stories, humorous anecdotes and rhymes. Other times it was observing the scenery or the children were just chatter ing in pairs. Such a better way for our kids to get to school than just jumping in the car, and such a better way for us all to get to know one another. Next came the invitation to join in the street’s Sunday picnic/ BBQ. During the Cary Lewincamp is a Tasmanian musician and composer. His mellow and melodic solo guitar music is well known and loved throughout Australia and is gaining an audience all around the world. Cary has played at the Salamanca Market for the past 25 years. He has released five CDs of his music. www.cary.com.au SteveMihalenkoJanineBrookesCaryLewincamp In Tasmania today 46 April / May 2012
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