The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry] – Robert Burns
Everybody knows the Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, Uluru, and the Great Barrier Reef. But there are many other places that are just as magnificent that you’ve probably never heard of or, …
The Australian outback is not all flat, endless plains. The countryside is constantly changing – rainforest, floodplains (and drought plains), ‘jump up’ country, rivers, deserts, sand dunes, and red dust are some of the things …
You’re thinking about visiting Australia, and want to make the most of your time here. You’ve checked the web for the best places to visit, and come up with your list of places to see. …
I will not pretend I wasn’t petrified. I was. But mixed in with the awful fear was a glorious feeling of excitement. Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us …
“What a beautiful night” I said as I got out of the car at the farm, just after sunset.
I stretched my arms and legs (we’d been in the car for 4 hours), looked around and sighed. It was still, quiet and the stars were all just appearing in the clear sky.
We started unpacking the car and I checked the thermometer. It told another story: it was 9oC. It’s fascinating how your perceptions change according in different situations.
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Doc and I have been out to the farm again. He’s recently had an operation on his shoulder and can’t do very much yet, so we decided to get away and just relax for a few days.
There’s not a lot of work that needs to be done at the farm, so we could potter around doing nothing much. As it’s winter and it gets very, very cold out there I was looking forward to taking some fabulous sunrise/frost photos. Unfortunately, in order to get photos of the sunrise you have to get up before sunrise, while it’s still dark. That’s very, very early. And it’s very, very cold.
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Doc is a typical bloke and loves shopping. At least if tools or cars are involved. Yesterday he found a great bargain on-line. 35 4WD DVDs for only $50. A saving of $450, and they were only just down the road! That’s the bloke equivalent of shoe shopping!
So guess how we spent our afternoon.
Hours of Roothy, Carlisle, Hasbeen, Rocket Rod, Graham, and all their mates, having boys own adventures in their 4WDs. With a camera crew tagging along capturing it for posterity.
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Last time we were at the farm I had my first official 4WD lesson.
I have done some 4WDing before. Doc sometimes lets me drive across creeks or washouts when we go away, but, as the Cruiser is his baby, I’m not allowed to drive it too much. I’m definitely not allowed to take it away on my own! He’s worse than a helicopter parent with a ‘talented’ child.
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I’ve had my solo outback trip accepted for crowdfunding on Trevolta.com
I’m so excited.
In case you don’t know, crowdfunding is where individuals or businesses donate to your project – in this case my solo trip outback. Sometimes they get something in exchange (see my ‘rewards’), and sometimes they do it just because they think it’s a worthwhile project.
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Australia really is a land of extremes, and vicious weather cycles. Of drought and flooding rain is right.
I notice this much more since I’ve been going to the farm, where weather cycles can make or break people. Nowhere is it better demonstrated than these photos taken in January then again in April this year.
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