Nov 21 2013

We’re going on an adventure

Driving in the middle of nowhere“I love our adventures” I say to Doc when we’re travelling.

Usually this means “We’re lost”, but that’s how we have our best adventures.

We have a philosophy when we travel – be prepared, but don’t over plan. That means being flexible enough to take a detour on a whim, but prepared enough in case it doesn’t work out. We always have lots of water, food, shelter and emergency equipment. And a map, blindfold and pin for an adventure into the unknown.

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Nov 19 2013

Where to see wildlife in Australia

KangaroosOne of the main reasons people visit Australia is the wildlife. Well, the cute and cuddly variety anyway, mainly kangaroos and koalas.

Yet most people never get beyond Taronga Park Zoo to see them. While it is a beautiful zoo, with one of the best views around, a zoo isn’t the same as seeing animals in their natural settings. After all, you can see them equally as well in London Zoo or Beijing Zoo as you can at Sydney zoo.

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Nov 17 2013

Just a little fire in the bathroom …

Sunrise at the farmI slept through sunrise again.

This time I blame Doc for setting fire to the house last night.

And for that story we have to go waaay back …

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Nov 16 2013

Cactus flowers and a quad bike adventure

Our country dunnyWe’re back on the farm. It’s only been 2 weeks since we were here last, but Doc wants do more work on our country dunny.

And in the spirit of our gendered division of labour – while he’s been digging, levelling and concreting, I’ve been out taking photos.

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Nov 12 2013

Dealing with car trouble in the outback

Bogged“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 about the second. Fortunately I’ve never had to find out.

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Nov 11 2013

Life’s good .. and the days are long!

SunriseDays go so slowly when you get up before sunrise.

After going to bed before dark, unsurprisingly I was up this morning to watch the sunrise, and a beautiful one it was too. The countryside with its open spaces and trees makes for great scenery. Dead gum trees with branches reaching for the sky make the perfect silhouette against the backdrop of the gold, orange and purple sunrise.

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Nov 07 2013

As spring moves into summer, the wattle is replaced by bottle brush

Bottle brush - summer's comingAah, back on the farm. A bit late, but we’re here.

Usually we come down on Friday night after work, but Doc had the 7 year old for a sleepover. By the time he went to his mother’s and we packed up, it was almost lunch time before we left, so we didn’t arrive until around 3.30pm.

It was nice to drive in during the day and check the changes in the scenery. As spring moves into summer the wattle is replaced by the bright red bottle brush. It’s enough to make even the Hume Highway look good.

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Nov 04 2013

From flood to drought (and back again?)

Below are pictures showing the changes in the dam at the farm over time. The first was taken in June 2012, then Christmas 2012, August 2013 and the last one in November 2013. That’s big changes in a short time.

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Nov 03 2013

My night at Cremorne Point Manor

Storm over Sydney Opera HouseOnce again I find myself on the wrong side of the Bridge.

The lovely Jean-Claude has been inviting me to come and stay at Cremorne Point Manor, so finally we decided on a day. The day before we were going it was gorgeous weather, and I was getting excited about my trip on the Harbour. But as has been the norm in Sydney lately, that was followed by a shitty, overcast and very, very windy day. It was so bad I kept one eye on the Sydney Ferries website all day to check if they were still running. The Outdoorsy One called me a couple of times “Are we really going to catch a ferry in this weather?” she asked.

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Oct 24 2013

It’s festival time in Sydney – but don’t ask for a glass of wine

Karumba-sunset2Sydney’s gearing up for summer, and festival season.

I love Sydney in summer. I love the heat, the beach lifestyle, drinks in the beer garden,  barbecues, the Sydney Festival and, of course, the New Years’ Eve fireworks.

The only thing I don’t like is the choice of wine at festivals.

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