Monday, September 9, 2013

Grand Dame - Maree

n. pl. grandes dames also grand dames

1. A highly respected elderly or middle-aged woman
2. A respected woman having extensive experience in her field
3. A woman regarded as the most experienced, prominent, or venerable member of her profession, etc.

The Blue Gum trees (Eucalyptus) on our property are showing signs of the winter, with lots of dead leaves and grass at their bases, a sure danger should our property catch fire this season. Our fire breaks haven't been done yet, normally we're finished by now, but we're late because the tractor has been out on hire and should be back in a couple of days.

Despite the freezing cold, I took a stroll down to the bottom of our property to find something to sketch and this tree is one of my favourite grand old dames that has managed to escape burning for the past couple of seasons.

Parker Fountain pen with Black Quink ink and Rohrer & Klinger Verdura Green ink, a bit of water added. Done in my Moleskine Sketch-book.


  1. Maree, you have fires every dry season? I cannot even imagine how difficult that would be. Most definitely, a survivor would generate appreciation!

  2. ... a striking Grand Dame. Well done.

  3. Oh yes Vickie! EVERY dry season! Sometimes our smallholding is lucky to escape it, but about 70% of the time the fire will come from a neighbour and jump the fire-break and there's not much one can do about it!


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