Wishing you a wonderful day,
- Fifty six year old empty-nester. Wife to one, mum to four and nan to three precious grandies. Living simply is my passion, I enjoy growing food, living healthy and playing with a variety of crafts. I am always up for a bargain and love to op shop for vintage treasures.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Wishing you a wonderful day,
Friday, July 25, 2008
These tyres really showed how cold it was...
Ice on one of our zephyr cars.....
Ice on the few weeds we have...
Car windscreen, will need washing or scraping before using.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Train, Port Augusta
The children were young at the time 12, 9 & 6 so this was a big change for them. I managed to get them all settled into their various schools and for many years I was running between two and three schools for drop off and pick up.
These children are now grown up 27, 24 & 21 and all have made their way doing what they want.
The eldest dughter has just returned to Port Augusta after living in Adelaide for ten years. She went to University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Law degree and is now working for a local real estate agency.
The middle child is living in Melbourne and attending University doing her honours. This child was and always will be highly intelligent. Growing up we had all sorts of behavioural problems with her but she has grown into a beautiful young person. I wish I had known what I know now to have handled the disruptive behavoiur differently, but I did the best I could with the knowledge I had. This daughter is very independant and likes doing things on her own and for herself only asking for help if really needed. She tries to come home regularly but sometimes funds are a bit tight.
Child number 3, another daughter is very relaxed. This child was not very academic but is doing okay in the outside world. She has a four year old son and is still with his father who is a very reponsible lad. They both work hard and love their animals, they have what I call a menagerie. This child has a keen interest in horses and has since about the age of 12. She is a very good rider and most of her conversations are all about horses.
In 1996 I had another child, a boy, he is now 12.
Bridge over the gulf, Port Augusta
I, myself have never really settled here. Being a shy person I have made few friends and have had some bad experiences with people. It seems if you are not a local you are not really accepted by the majority. Although there are a lot of good kind people as well. It is so hard when you are shy to try and mix. I have been involved with different clubs etc and have always felt uncomfortable and couldn't wait to go home. In my home town Ceduna where everyone knew me, it was different.
However, doing childcare in my home has been great because I have got to meet new people with similar interests and it has given a boost to my confidence. My scheme says that I am one of their best carers, so I must be doing something right. I also help new trainees by offering them to do their placement in my home. I show them what I do with my Family Day Care. This is part of the training.
Redbanks, Port Augusta
Whales in the gulf at Port Augusta
Port Augusta is very dry with little rain, which can be depressing at times. Even though it is winter and it has rained a little there is not much greenery. We had a frost last night with the temperature going down to zero.
With a population of around 12,000 we have a Big W, Woolworths, Coles, Target Country, Radio Rentals, Electrical Discounters, McDonalds, KFC, pizza haven, Wendy's and Hungry Jacks. Not that the shops interest me. We have nearby towns of Whyalla and Port Pirie that have more/different shops and are only 40 minutes to an hour away. Adelaide, the capital city is three hours away. There is a lot of station country surrounding Port Augusta and it is known as where the outback reaches the sea. The beautiful Flinders Ranges can be clearly seen from Port Augusta. We have a large Power Station that powers a lot of the state of South Austraia. Unfortunately also known as Port Agutta because it is not a very clean and tidy town which is disappointing. If travelling through to Perth or up to Darwin you have to pass through this town.
Although this is not the best place in the world to live, it is where I am for the moment and I accept that. Hopefully one day I will get to live somewhere else but for now I will keep on dreaming of greener pastures. Blogging has opened up a whole new world for me and I quite enjoy looking where and how other people live.
It's a beautiful sunny day here today, so I'm off outside to do some cleanup jobs while the weather is nice.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The people there are also very friendly and tend to come from everywhere in South Australia to retire or enjoy the different lifestyle. Port Lincoln is the home of tuna fishing or fishing in general and the town where Australian Olympic Weight lifter Dean Lukin comes from. There is a deep sea port for when grain ships come in to get their load for overseas export. There is a large lot of grain silos for the storage as well.
Below is the newly erected statue of the famous Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva. This fabulous horse won this prestigious cup 3 years running. She is now retired. Her owners live in Port Lincoln. The statue is positioned on the front foreshore for all to see.
Our friends Bill and Cindy were kind enough to take us out in their boat for look around the Marina and surrounding area and to do some fishing. The weather was a bit cold but this didn't deter us.
This is a view of some of the houses heading into the Marina.
Picture of a nearby island, I think it is called Boston Island.
Some of the housing around the Marina. Some of these are really nice.
This bridge opens upwards to let yachts through.
The grain silos near the Port Lincoln jetty.
Rainbow if you look hard above the silos. We were a fraction too late getting this photo as the rainbow was really bright while we were driving along, but by the time we pulled over to get a photo it had faded.
Monday, July 14, 2008
How's this for windmills?? There used to be a lot more when I lived in the district but a lot of them have been pulled down. This is one group of wind mills just on the outskirts of town.
If you are keen on fishing this is the place to go. Fowler's Bay and nearby Scotts Beach is very popular for fishing, you can walk over the sandhills from Fowlers Bay to Scotts Bay, or go by 4 wheel drive if you are not enthused about walking over hills carrying all your fishing gear.
Below is the view of the bay from surrounding sandhills. There were a couple of whales frollicking around here a few days before we got there.
Soccer ball chasing was another fun thing to do, but not so easy was trying to stop running while going down hill, always did a tumble before reaching the bottom.
This picture is of the small settlement mainly for tourists now. Very busy at school holiday time especially January when they hold a New Years Day sports day.
We tried to catch some fish from the jetty but with no success, I think this area has been fished out by all the holiday makers.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Cook is located on the Nullabor Plain along the railway line. If you ride the Indian Pacific train you will pass through this place. Total population 5 at the moment although many years ago it was a thriving little town of 80 to 100 people in it's hay day. There was a hospital, school with swimming pool, billiard hall, railway station, ice works, post office and general store. Now there is little remaining with only a few houses left. While we were there we stayed in one of the houses and had a much needed shower.
The people that live at Cook at the moment, clean the resthouse, sump water for the town and sump deisel for the locomotives as well as the generators that power the town. The water and deisel supply is brought in by train from Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
EH on this sign stands for Eyre Highway.
This is the place where my husband travels once or twice a week on the trains. Port Augusta to Cook is 822kms by rail, and takes between 12 and 15 hours to get there. He stays in a resthouse that contains a kitchen, showering and toilets area, snake pit with pool table (recreation room) and sleeping quarters.
Not much to do or see at Cook....Below is the very wide main street, watch out for cars, lol
Looking north, south, east and west this is what you see!..... the neverending treeless plain called the Nullarbor.
Just outside of Cook on the rough dirt road is a couple of blowholes....On really windy days you can feel the wind in the blowholes all the way from the ocean about 12okms away. On this particular day there was no wind.
You can see that bushfires went through here last year. These were started by lightening strikes.
If you look closely at this picture below (just click on picture to enlarge) there is a dingo... I just managed to capture him as he was running away. They are pretty quiet though. A lot of dingoes out here also.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
See you soon,
Monday, July 7, 2008
I wish I had a decent camera to take photos of the whales. They looked brilliant in the binoculars, but my camera couldn't zoom in good enough to capture perfect photos. I have put my order in for a new camera for Christmas.
On the day we were at Nullarbor there were over a dozen whales on display, including a couple of calves with their mothers. We didn't see many tails and they were so hard to capture as it happened in a split second.
The whales were a distance away. To get the best pictures you would have to watch them all day.
Surrounding sandhills at Twin Rocks where some of the whales were. Twin rocks is the rock in the water pictured, although I think one of the two rocks has fallen down now.