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May 07 2017

Beach driving – more preparation for the Simpson Desert

“Driving on the beach is different to driving in the desert” said Doc “See if you can stay in the other tracks.” Great advice, if I could identify which set of tracks he meant. We were on the beach at Stockton. Around 17km of driving over mainly soft sand, with dunes stretched tantalisingly alongside you …

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Jan 16 2017

Water, water everywhere – wet season in Darwin

Water, water everywhere. When it rains in Darwin in the wet season, it really rains. It buckets down. Within a few minutes the ground can be flooded. Water runs through the drains, creeks come up very quickly.

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Feb 24 2016

Attention 4WDers – DO THE RIGHT THING

Doc and I went to Port Stephens on the weekend. This was part of my Christmas present from him – a long weekend away with sun, ocean, restaurants and bars, sun, beach, relaxing and more ocean. And 4WDing along the beach of course. Hmm, maybe it wasn’t just my Christmas present?

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Mar 06 2015

The beach disappeared while I wasn’t looking!

There’s nothing like a coastal road trip to make you think about climate change. Or is that just me? Doc and I camped at Sawtell a few years ago. I can’t remember where we were going to or coming from, but I do remember our night in Sawtell. The camping area is right by the …

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Jan 28 2015

Where to see kangaroos in Australia

Kangaroos, koalas, wombats, echidnas, platypus(es??? – platypodes?), emus, wallabies, and more kangaroos. Everyone loves Australian animals. What’s not to love – they’re cute, cuddly, and they sleep in the shade all day – or swim in the case of platypus. And as long as they’re not spiders, snakes or crocodiles, or octopuses or some fish, …

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Dec 30 2014

I think we’re headed for a drought in NSW

According to Doc we’re in for a spell of dry weather at the farm. “A spell of dry weather” is country bloke talk for “drought”, and apparently the signs are there.

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Sep 22 2014

Getting over the winter blues

For the first time in years I didn’t go away anywhere this winter. Which made it seem like winter just went on forever. I don’t care who says Sydney winters are mild – I’m not good in winter at all. Winter for me is like one long episode of PMS, and the longer it goes …

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Apr 01 2014

Australian beaches – the best in the world

In my enthusiasm for outback Australia, I sometimes forget why I choose to live near the beach. Of course there are all the usual reasons – sand, sea, surf and sun, which, paradoxically, are the very things some people hate about it. But it’s more than that. The beach makes me feel good.

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Mar 25 2014

Raindrops on roses, and fuschias and frangipani

Contrary to forecasts the rain has stopped. The sun is shining and the garden is awash. There’s only one thing to do – get out the micro lens. Stupidly, even though I was taking photos in my own garden – or perhaps because I was taking photos in my own garden – I didn’t cover …

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Mar 24 2014

What a wonderful world

I’ve been sitting at my computer thinking about what I could write on this rainy Monday morning. We had an amazing lightning show last night and now the garden is looking bright green and washed clean by the rain. I’ve been trying to write something about how good everything is, then I came across this …

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