If we get a move on and hitch up our britches we could just about get all the way around the island before the sun goes down. So let’s cast our eyes at the map once again. We will drive anticlockwise – (a direction difficult to explain to idiot children who have only ever seen a digital clock. I have also seen the word changed into … Continue reading Phillip Island – Rounding up the tour
Just a short way passed the Chicory kiln is a right turn to Churchill Island. There was a lot in store for me. Along the causeway that connects the two islands I collected another two birds to my list. The Cape Barren Goose is a native Australian and is generally larger than the Canadian Snow Goose but smaller than the domestic goose. They live mostly … Continue reading Phillip Island extended
To check Melbourne’s weather go to link. http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR022.loop.shtml I told her not to worry ‘bout it raining. “Hang the washing out and take a nap If you keep a good watch on the TV It’ll show where it is raining. On the map.” And I’ll tell you how to stop yourself from drowning It’s doesn’t mean you hafta learn to swim. If the … Continue reading Weather!
So, goodbye stingers and have a nice day. More sugarcane and the Cardwell Range up close on the left, the coast on our right but no ocean because there is Hinchinbrook Island (nearly 400 square km. in area ) just a little way of the coast. The road rises over a spur of the Cardwell Range and from a lookout you can see Hinchinbrook Island across … Continue reading The Road Trip – #20 Lucinda to El Arish
Here we go. Almost there. Townsville on the coast and then north up to Cairns. Townsville is where Robin lives so maybe I’ll get to wash my shirts. Then we’ll take a couple of days off before we head on. It wasn’t far, 20 km to the Burdekin River. The Burdekin River descends 620 metres (2,030 ft) over its 886-kilometre (551 mi) course. Apart from the Murray River, the … Continue reading The Road Trip – #18 Charters Towers to Townsville.
…..from anywhere up the road without commentary . But only from places we’ve been. Continue reading Road trip – a couple of random shots……
We waved farewell to our hosts from the front of their house. This is not a typical Condoblin front garden. This is the garden of a fanatical proponent of the family of Saltbushes which are members of a worldwide family of plants (Chenopodiaceae – chenopods) that are common in deserts and salty environments. At the bottom of this post I have added a few references for … Continue reading The Road Trip – #6 Condoblin to Narromine
From Narrandera to Condoblin is 240 km. Here we will stay with some friends of Robin. Just out of Narrandera I stopped to take a ‘non-50km’ photograph. Take particular note of the dryness of the land. This is the same, same old dry country we have passed so far and it is hot and the cattle are looking reasonably well but a bit warm. Just … Continue reading The Road Trip – #5 to Condoblin.
Although the Australian Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is not as large or heavy as the northern hemisphere White swans, it is still a very large bird. And their babies (cygnets) are as big as large ducks by the time they are a few weeks old. Over on a grassed area another couple is teaching their babies to eat their vegetables. These fellows are about ten … Continue reading Black Swan
“But the raven, sitting lonely ……….. not a feather then he fluttered – Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before – On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.’ Then the bird said, ‘Nevermore.” ― Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven Continue reading ..not a feather then he fluttered