Finally the much needed escape is here! Free from work and screens and problems, at least for a little while. Cold nights, big skies, red dirt, open spaces, I am a happy camper. Might get to see a bilby or a dinosaur or just enjoy the bush and skies, life is an adventure!
Due to some terrible timing and a bit of a delay with a product, the winter box is slightly delayed and everything is a complicated by the fact I am taking some desperately needed leave. On the positive side if anyone would like to contribute anything extra to the zine you now have a bit … Continue reading Deadlines – delays and escape
Falling a bit behind but don't worry the Winter book box is on it's way. It will be up and and available by next Monday so watch this space. In the meantime I thought I would just highlight some great Australian nature writing. Nature writing as a genre does not seem to be as huge … Continue reading Nature writing and Winter Box almost ready
Winter is coming and I can't wait, my favourite time of year. Love those cold days, hot chocolate and cosy jumpers and blankets. It is the time of year I feel most alive. It is the time I tend to take leave and go camping, so really looking forward to that. Currently reading Katherine May's … Continue reading Winter is coming
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