We are currently here:
We’ve been caravaning around (predominantly) Western Australia for about 14 months now, and have seen some really funny things – like a truly angry emu chasing a terrified steer through the bush (have no idea how the steer upset it so much); a Dutch gentleman, whose visa had almost run out, camping on the side of a remote rocky outcrop in the middle of nowhere trying to extract precious metals from electronic waste whilst living in his converted fish freezer truck – pondering on ways of finding an Aussie bride; and a little camouflaged desert lizard with so much bravado, I just had to smile at the little fellow’s awesomeness. I thought you may be interested in a pic collage of my desert doings – with a dose of craftage (of course!).
Due to the current wet weather, we’re staying put in the tiny township of Leinster, along with many other caravanners waiting to move on. Wet weather in the outback can be a bugger when travelling, as all roads are dirt except for highways, so even the road trains that haul their enormous bodies from mine to processing plant – which may be a couple of 100kms away – use a 4 to 6 lane-wide dirt road. If you’re caught using these roads when they’re wet (a bit difficult to disguise due to deep wheel-rutted tracks left by your tyres), then you’re liable for heavy fines. So we’re waiting for the roads to dry out before ‘heading bush’ again. However with all this rain the promise of a bumper wildflower season is definitely on the cards. Come August I’m hoping to be knee-deep in desert blooms – yay for me!
One big problem for me out here is simply taking the dog for a walk – she is always on a lead due to an eagle taking her from above, eating a poisioned bait laid for wild dogs, or being bitten by a snake or spider. Going to the toilet in the bush is also problematic as the landscape is so sameish – if I loose sight of the van there are no trees or hills to climb to gauge where it is, no cars passing by to ask for directions, it can all get tricky just when you least expect it. Now I always wear a ‘Backtracker’, for van-finding ease.
I’ve been diligently knitting and improving my campfire cooking skills. Oh yes, I can now successfully bake bread wrapped in double-aluminium foil in ashes, rice pudding, date and apple cake, carrot and goji berry cake .. and even more things .. but shan’t bore you further. Needless to say my breadaholic/carbaholic husband is in 7th heaven. However it’s not doing my thighs any favours!
Hoping your passion is making you as happy as mine is,