I have been significantly missing in action of late, feeling kind of wiped out, in a bit of a desperate need of a recharge. Really need some quiet time in isolation to re-charge a bit, slow my brain down and just chill. In the meantime I find myself yet again disturbed by our headlong rush … Continue reading Gas is not a transition fuel!
"Water is the soul of the earth" - W H Auden The Great Artesian Basin (GAB) is one of the miraculous contradictions of Australia, we are the driest inhabited continent on earth, only Antarctica is drier, and yet our dry inland sits atop the largest and deepest subterranean water resource in the world. The GAB … Continue reading Lightning Ridge and the Great Artesian Basin
Renowned artist John Murray calls Lightning Ridge home and you can't escape his impact on the town. Depending on which way you approach the ridge you might be greeted by a giant emu, Stanley made from old girders, Volkswagens and satellite dishes, or on Morilla St an old combi given wings and a propeller, flown … Continue reading The Art of Lightning Ridge
Open plains and big skies, that sums up the trip west from Toowoomba to Lightning Ridge, endless rolling plains, much of it under cotton. One of the great beauties of the west is the endless open plains and big skies. Lightning Ridge is largely defined by opal mining but despite the dreams of exceptional gems … Continue reading The surprising creativity of Lightning Ridge
Life feels a bit hurried but we did pretty much completely tune out and switch off for a few days with our short escape to Lightning Ridge. Loved Lightning Ridge, it is a unique place, with a very different vibe and character. It has a kind of rough and ready character, down to earth, get … Continue reading Staying at the Opal caravan park in Lightning Ridge.
As you can tell from the title, S and I have started our latest holiday travels. Been wanting to see this part of Australia for a long time. In my naivety, I decided to do the whole trip in one day. Nine hours of travelling which did include three stops so about seven and a … Continue reading Long, long road to Lightning Ridge
We have been planning some adventures to fossil and opal country this year, so have been dipping back into some dino books. Never outgrew a fascination with the beasts of the past, so this week's book snap is a selection of just some of the dino books I have acquired. https://www.instagram.com/p/CNgj94Nl5Uh/ I have particularly enjoyed … Continue reading Stepping back into deep time.
https://www.instagram.com/p/CNOTPL4B5qa/ Just a quick Easter Sunday BookSnap. I have never really totally outgrown children's books, I love the wit and wisdom one finds in a good kids book. They make lovely coffee table books and can bring a smile to a reader at any age. I couldn't resist Chris Edser's The Drop Bear. Beautiful illustrations … Continue reading Happy Easter #BookSnapSunday
I only finished two books in March but I did dip in and out of a few. The big one was Charles Massey's tome on regenerative agriculture; Call of the Reed Warbler: A new Agriculture A new earth, a comprehensive overview and critique of historical farming practices, emerging regenerative practices and Massey's desperate call for … Continue reading March reading – Agriculture and the fate of the planet
Milne Bay pool Toowoomba March has been a bit of a slow month blog wise I am afraid. Circumstances have limited our weekend escapes, work has been busy and there just never seems to be enough hours in the day to do everything we would like. I have managed to rediscover the joy of swimming … Continue reading Back in the swim