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I listened to Great Lives on BBC 4 Radio which is a series of sparkling docos on some of the greatest people who ever lived. For a writer the lives of successful writers are always endlessly fascinating. Then because I wondered how successful writers functioned I listened to downloads from Beyond the To Do List which has great sessions on the things you could change in your life to make you more productive. Between Geelong and Birregarra I came up with a list of changes to implement. A stunning podcast on stylish academic writing with Helen Sword encouraged me get my laptop out and write 500 words on that pesky thesis (certainly something I could never have done if I had been driving.) Then mentally pooped I switched over to Guided Meditation for Renewal my Mary Maddux whose soothing voice must surely be broadcast from heaven. This was my first attempt at podcast meditations and it worked.
Reinvigorated I read Sue Turnbull's latest book, she's the writer who wrote Almost French and her new work All Good Things is almost as stunning. Normally I don't get time to read beyond a few pages in bed at night so to sit and read on a comfortable seat whilst glimpsing snippets of scenery was bliss.
Outside the panoramic windows was the peaceful and rotating view of green pastures, contented cows, quaint country stations and the Western District's famous stone wall fences and extinct volcanoes.
It was interesting to note the other passengers. Most like me had ear plugs socketed into ears which doesn't make for the most convivial of trips. Although I did squeeze in a delightful conversation with a young backpacker from Switzerland who was pleased to practise his English language skills.
Previous country train trips have all been different but equally delightful. On a trip to Lakes Entrance I sat down, opened my book and the woman next to me struck up a conversation. That conversation didn't stop until we reached Bairnsdale. Thankfully she was interesting.
A day trip to Ballarat was also lots of fun. The station is right in town so we walked to Craig's Hotel for high tea and had a grand time in the Ballarat Art Gallery which is in the same street. All on foot with no car to have to park and no traffic to worry about.
V-Line takes you to so many places you'd be surprised. You could stop off and spend a few hours at Woodend on the Bendigo line or head off to Shepparton, Echuca or Swan Hill for a few days. There is a great list here of places to go and things to do.