Category: Two sheilas in a ute

The real Waltzing Matilda

Update: My apologies, it seems I had the wrong information. Christina McPherson wasn’t Banjo Patterson’s fiance. The story is much more interesting than that. Christina’s friend, Sarah Riley, was engaged to Banjo Patterson, and had been for eight years. Right up until he met Christina and collaborated with her on Waltzing Matilda. The engagement was broken …

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I am woman and I can travel alone

I mentioned earlier that I might go on a solo outback trip this year. Well, plans are firming. We’re still a fair way from a definite, but it’s getting closer. As a first step, I’m going to practice being on my own, out in the middle of nowhere.

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Dealing with car trouble in the outback

“What will you do if something goes wrong?” Everytime I told somebody I was travelling to the outback with a girlfriend, that was the first thing they said. What they really meant was “But you’re female – you can’t fix a car or kill a snake.” They’re right about the first, but I don’t know …

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When it’s over, it’s over …

There comes a time when you know your holiday is over, even before you get home and start upacking and washing! Everybody’s signals for this are different, and for me the indicators came just south of Cunnamulla.

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Saving the best until last

I was going to do the lazy thing today and republish my previous blog on Eulo. But I had such a good experience here again that it warrants another story of its own. Eulo is now one of the places on the Natural Sciences trek through south-western Queensland. That takes in places that are somehow …

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On the road less travelled – again

Kookaburras. I was lying in bed this morning listening to the sounds of the birds singing to the sunrise and it hit me. I hadn’t heard kookaburras for a while, and couldn’t even remember the last place I heard them.

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