Underground in the limestone cave

Disappearing-through-a-tunnelFor somebody who gets claustrophobic in the M5 tunnel, I’ve done my fair share of exploring deep, dark places. And not all inside myself!

The area between Yass and Wee Jasper has quite a few limestone caves, and there are a couple on the farm. When there’s a lot of water around the caves can be difficult to access, and even if you do get inside exploring can be restricted because of the creeks running through them. So of course now that everything is very dry, we had to go and explore the big cave.

It’s called the big cave to distinguish it from the small cave – we have a unique naming system at the farm.

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Walking on the bottom of the lake

Walking on the bottom of the lake“Torches!” Doc exclaimed as we were driving down the Hume Highway. “I forgot the torches.”

Those of you who follow this blog regularly will know that just about every time we come to the farm we forget something. At least torches aren’t essential – we always keep a couple of spares down there and there’s solar lighting in the house. Little did I know just how essential the torches were going to be, but more of that in a day or so.

It wasn’t until we were unpacking that I discovered the most essential thing that we forgot.

“Where’s my camera bag?”

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Jumping out of a plane and other fun things to do on your birthday

Not the plane I jumped out of, just a planeThe outdoorsy one and I jumped out of a plane last night. From 14,000 feet. In the dark.

And it was amazing.

We weren’t alone. We each had an experienced parachutist from Skydive the Beach strapped to our back, and they had parachutes strapped to their backs, so it was perfectly safe.

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Where are the best outback festivals?

Suggestions for our trip have centred mainly around outback festivals, so I’ve done a bit of research.I’ve compiled a list of all the outback festivals I could find for June and July in the areas we’ll be visiting.

These are:

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Where are the world’s most beautiful sunsets?

Boy-running-sunset-DarwinSomeone told me that they thought the world’s most beautiful sunsets were in Africa. I beg to differ.

Travelling through Australia I have seen some amazing sunsets (and sunrises but that’s for another day). Whether it’s in the outback, over the ocean, or an inland lake or river, Australia has the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

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Are country towns better than cities at maintaining their heritage?

ForbesI was reading an article this morning about heritage, and valuing our past, and that’s when it hit me. That’s what I really love about so many of the Australian country towns that I’ve been through.

They seem to have found a way to value and preserve their heritage, and integrate it into their present.

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