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A Word a Week Photo Challenge : Clouds

Sunset reflecting in the waves on the West Coast

Sunset reflecting in the waves on the West Coast

This sunset will forever be in my memory as, for me, the most spectacular sunset ever.

We travelled for a year around Australia in 2010. Mostly the skies were a pristine cobalt blue with not a cloud in site. That is till we rounded the corner after going up the East coast, across the outback and headed down the West Coast.

WA, as the locals refer to it, is spectacular in every way. The distances, the wild flowers, the soaring mountain ranges, the national parks, the mining boom funding and fuelling our economy, the enormous road trains, the wild ocean, the wide fish and crocodile filled rivers, the emptiness, the spinifex grass clustered in clumps like small animals and over and above it all the vast expanse of the sky.

I met Mic and Wendy in 2005 and I WWOOFed (willing workers on organic farms) on their seahorse sanctuary in the idyllic township of Kalbarri, in the heart of the National Park and the centre of the fabulous wild flower display (another story for another post…) We visited again in 2010 and this was our last day with them. We took nibbles and wine to the beach, which was just across the road from their place, and watched this sunset.

Kalbari sunset

Kalbari sunset

Thank you Sue for your “word a week challenge” of clouds as it reminded me of that time on our travels around Australia, and gave me the opportunity to share this with you.

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We stopped at Cardwell for one night to do our laundry and have a good hot shower. The Cardwell Van Park had been recommended to us, at $30  it was a bit more expensive than we usually paid but we had a week of free or cheap camps so decided to spoil our selves. It was worth it the showers were fantastic…

The neighbouring couple were very friendly and were already well into “happy hour” when we pulled in. They invited us to join them and gave Jack a rum and coke. Well it was 8pm before we left them to get our dinner and between them and Jack they had polished off a whole bottle of rum. Every one was very happy and mellow.

 Barry and Helen where from the Goldcoast and even though Helen had recently had a hip operated on and had cancer 2 years ago she was not going to let that stop her travelling. They had been on the road almost 2 years. What a great positive outlook they had.

Next day it was onto WWOOFing

We wwoofed for Peter and Beryl 15 years ago and have kept in touch with Christmas cards over the years and were really looking forward to getting back in touch. Their farm is in the Upper Murray valley, a very picturesque area. It was hugs all round when we arrived and we quickly settled into their routine of approx 4 hours work each morning. Jack helping on the banana plantation and I helped Beryl around the house. We stayed for 6 days. I have put together a slide show of things we did in that time…

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Pauline relaxing with Tyke the dog_

025 Pauline relaxing with Tyke the dog_, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

It has been a really good break from travelling to stay with Dave and Donna and do some work in the garden and of course the great experience of Forest Flying is a highlight of our journey so far. I’ enjoying a cup of coffee with the company of Tyke the dog.

Donna gave us a book, “Boomerang Road” by Quentin van Marle. Chapter 6 describes his visit and experience of the “Forest Flying” it is a good read, especially as he is biking through a lot of the places we are visiting.

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Pauline bagging grapefruit

Pauline bagging grapefruit, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

The paper bags are put over the grapefruit to prevent large moths sucking out the juice

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We contacted a couple in the new wwoofing book we picked up in Bundaberg, Peter and Alison Rickerts, and though they were very busy and only going to be home for one night before going away for a few days they invited us round for a BBQ as we were in the camp ground not far from their property. What a lovely couple and they were living on an amazing 2 acre property just near Burnett Heads.

I will add more and put in some photos in a few days as we are in a poor reception area at the moment. So watch this space.

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