WP Daily Prompt: 28 December

Have you ever been in an automobile accident?

I was in a car accident in 1978 or early 1979. A friend and I had been volunteering cleaning carriages for the railway historical society and we were on our way home. It was late afternoon and it was a very hot day. Typical Adelaide summer. We were travelling on King William Road into the city and a car ran a red light at an intersection and hit us. I don’t recall the accident itself . I think I saw the car coming but I might have blacked out for a minute or two. Now, after so many years I don’t really remember many details.

Fortunately we were not badly hurt. My friend, the driver was just shaken up but I was thrown forward and hit the dashboard. An ambulance was called and I was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, just a few minutes drive away.

I spent several hours at the hospital while they removed five teeth and stitched up my face. Other than that I was just bruised and sore. I insisted on going home that night. I didn’t want to stay overnight in hospital.

Let’s see, what else do I remember. My friend’s car, an old XP Falcon was a write off. I had a hub cap from it as a souvenir for years. The car looked something like the one below. I remember it had that same colour scheme but it was old and unrestored.

Ford XP Falcon Deluxe sedan
photos by Flickr use sv1ambo

I only took a week or so to recover from the bruising but had to wait some months before I was fitted with a dental plate. While I was recovering David had his first experience of doing the grocery shopping. I made him a list of things he needed to buy. He did quite well except that where I had written “cold meat” meaning sliced ham or beef for sandwiches he had bought a frozen chicken. Well it was cold!



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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