Aug 08 2013

Finke Desert Race 2013

Here it is, the action from the 2013 Finke Desert Race. This was taken from the 112km mark, which is about half way. You can see from the nodding heads that some of the participants were very tired by the time they got that far,. As this is the beginning of the “whoops” (does anybody know why they’re called whoops?) I can only imagine how difficult the rest of it must have been.

This was a great weekend, and I’m looking forward to going back in 2015 for the 40th anniversary of the race.


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Aug 07 2013

Finke Desert Race 2013 – prologue

I’m finally getting around to editing some videos of my last trip. Here’s some action from the Finke Desert Race 2013 prologue. A preview of the real thing – coming tomorrow.


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Aug 06 2013

Are Adelaide waiters becoming as rude as in Sydney?

Wine barrels - a major reason to visit AdelalideI’ve just been in Adelaide for my sister’s birthday. Whenever I’m there we go out to wineries, drinks, festivals and for meals. Normally it’s fantastic, Adelaide does these things very well, but a couple of incidents make me think Adelaide is catching the rude Sydney waiter disease.

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Aug 05 2013

Mexican bean soup

Mexican Bean SoupHere’s my recipe for the Mexican Bean Soup I made on the weekend and tweeted about.

Even though I have a lot of cookbooks I don’t generally use recipes. Rather, I read recipes then make things up as I go along based on the basic ingredients. The quantities in this are not exact but the ingredients are. I promise I haven’t left anything out just so yours won’t taste as good! Well, not deliberately anyway.

Let the soup cook for at least an hour before you decide if it needs more spices, the flavour comes out more as the soup cooks. The slower and longer you cook it the better.

I also don’t cook with salt, so if you like salt add some in.

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Aug 01 2013

Wedding photography

Kathleen Swinbourne Photography Weddings (9)My life isn’t all fun and games just travelling and taking photos. Sometimes it’s also fun and games taking photos of people’s weddings.

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Jul 18 2013

Real camping tips for easy, fun camping

Camping beside Julia CreekI’ve been looking at some camping websites and have been reading some of their tips for camping essentials.

WTF are these people on????

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Jul 12 2013

Product review – what worked and what didn’t

Sunset at the campsiteNow that the trip is over, and the cleaning up is done, it’s time to review what worked and what didn’t, and what I learned this time.

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Jul 11 2013

Tips for camp ground and caravan park operators

Ross River Resort camp groundI’ve written a couple of articles providing tips for people who want to go camping, but there’s also the other side to consider. How do the camping areas/caravan parks themselves stack up?

Caravan parks now have considerable competition from free camping areas, and more and more people are prepared to “go bush”, and set up somewhere right away from everything.

Sometimes people just want that ‘real’ bush experience, but in some cases caravan park owners have contributed to this themselves by their practices.

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Jul 10 2013

When it’s over, it’s over …

Two Sheilas in a Ute trip to UluraThere 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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Jul 09 2013

Saving the best until last

Sunset mudbathI 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 significant for their nature – geology, water, flora and fauna, etc. Eulo has mud springs. It also has mud baths.

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