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Something weird happened to me recently – and really made me think…

Where was this when I needed it?? Actually – where was anything that horrible day?  It didn’t start out as a horrible day. It started out as a really lovely day. It was a Thursday – the day I have lunch with my eldest daughter and my grandson. And it is a day that I always look forward to. However, this particular Thursday – it turned out that our power was being maintained in the area and it was therefore turned off. While that in itself could usually have been very inconvenient, I thought it was good timing. I had already ...
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Book’s finished – now for the launch and the documentary and…

The book is now finished and very close to publication. Plans for the launch are underway. So are plans for the documentary, which promises to be brilliant, all going well. And then I am looking at a new online business venture, also relating to the outback. Actually, something exciting seems to pop up almost daily at the moment. I recently responded to something, fully expecting to be ignored – so was very surprised when I received a very quick reply from these people, showing interest. Nothing more being said here – all will be revealed in time.  I have mentioned ...
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The End Is In Sight – But There Is A Future…

Five years ‘down the track’ and ‘Red Dust Dreams’ has finally gone to publication and I am looking at trying to organize a major launch for it, while also ‘working’ on plans for the documentary of the same name. I also plan to return to the work force on a part time basis in 2017 (preferably a job based at home which involves lots’n’lots of writing), I am involved with quite a few community groups and I have plans to start an online business. Then there are my mother and grandmother duties along with much more. And all so good ...
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The Outback is Beautiful – But you Need to Prepare. It Can Save Your Life

  THE OUTBACK IS BEAUTIFUL – BUT THE NEED TO PREPARE IS ESSENTIAL – INDEED, CAN BE LIFE-SAVING   Make no mistake! The mighty outback of Australia is very beautiful, spectacular, stunning – and can be deadly. So if you want to see it for yourself (and who wouldn’t…) – PLEASE PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE! This cannot be stressed enough and is so easily done. Correct and basic preparation/homework and does save lives.   There are lots’n’lots of things you can do to try to ensure your own safety and wellbeing – some are listed below and are from my own experiences ...
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This is IT!

I’m quite gobsmacked. At myself! Doing what I have been doing for the last few years is, to me, sure proof that age can be irrelevant – you can pretty well do anything you want to do, regardless of your age. Yes, there would be limitations to that – legal and health issues would come into it. But for me – at the ripe young age of 55 (I think it was – I am now 60) I had an idea – a lightbulb moment I like to call it – a window of opportunity where I realised I could ...
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The Final Research Trip is Over – But There is Still Lots ‘n Lots of the Outback to See…

Sadly my final research trip has finished. It’s all over. But there is still just so much of the outback to see. I have been home for all of two days now and have already started checking out coach tours for the Gibb River Road, the NT., Cape York and – well, lots’n’lots more. Yes, I have covered a heck of a lot of our mighty outback of SA., NSW., Qld., NT and now WA but I feel I have only had a ‘taste’ of all that can be seen and experienced. Once the book is ‘safely out’ I am ...
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I’ve Been to the Kimberley – At Last!!

 Well, OK – into the western edge of it, but enough to get just a glimpse of how spectacular it is. I continue to travel throughout our great outback and the further I go, the more I love it. There is just so much to see and learn out there – at this stage, I have completely lost interest in travelling overseas and all I want to see is the outback. I am sure I will regain that overseas interest one day but for the moment, there is just so much more of my own backyard that I want to ...
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Western Australia – You’re Next!

Believe it or not – the book on stations, or the stations book, or Red Dust Dreams – is finally looking like heading toward publication.  I have slotted that in for the end of 2015!  All images for the participating stations to date have been issued, except WA – and some have already been edited by those station owners and returned to me.  Thank you so much.  Also for the suggestions/thoughts/comments which continue to come through – all very welcome.  And the texts are gradually being completed and also sent out – still working on those.  A couple have already ...
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Queen of the Desert

Hello again.  Just thought you might like to see a pretty famous shoe – belonging to ‘Priscilla – Queen of the Desert’, no less.  I suppose the other one does too – actually, I don’t think there is another one.  For those who have seen the film, it’s the one that sat on top of the bus.  On this occasion, however, it was sitting on the stage at the Broken Hill Agfair in May this year.  Just thought you might all be interested.   Ok – now we are on countdown – or should I say, we are trying to be on ...
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Crocodiles and RFDS Ball

Hello again.  I have just returned from another amazing trip – to Adelaide, up to Broken Hill, back to Adelaide, up to the Alice and then up to Darwin.  Still the best way to see the best part of the nation in my opinion – the outback by coach.  The amazing Greyhound drivers once again transported me safely up the Stuart Highway, delivering me into the Alice for a day, enroute to Darwin.  My thanks to them all – in Qld as well – and to Dee Gurd, the supervisor in Adelaide who bent over backwards to help me. This trip ...
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More Research…

Rain Gauge – Rarely anything in them. Hi all – apologies for the silence but while I have been very busy since I returned to Perth after the Qld part of the research trips in September, I haven’t been on any further trips – apart from a really lovely day up to visit some of our retired pastoralists out of New Norcia.  The rain gauge shown here is typical of those on most stations – and usually completely empty apart from old cobwebs etc. – and dust.  Always and forever dust. After returning to Perth from my last amazing trip ...
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The Rest of Qld

        We are now into November and seem to be in an awful hurry to reach Christmas.  I’M not in a hurry but the rest of the world seems to be!  And I appear to have been somewhat remiss in that I have neglected to finish the rest of the Qld part of the blog.  It continued to be absolutely fantastic.   Before I plunge into this blog (which is well overdue anyway – a bit longer shouldn’t hurt) I do need to thank the people on those stations in the NT and WA who responded to my ...
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What a FANtastic Adventure This is

What a brilliant way to see Australia!  And well off the beaten track.  I am enjoying this just so much – tiring yes but I would not miss any of it for anything. I am now over half way through the Qld leg of the research trips for our book on stations.  The first couple of weeks were nothing short of wonderful – five very different stations in their individual ways (although mostly cattle and all in this rotten ongoing drought), along with homesteads and owners/managers.  A new station came onboard literally a couple of weeks prior to my flight ...
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What? No Water? No Power?

It’s dark and you want the light on.  You flick the switch.  Hey presto – light.  Or – if it doesn’t switch on, you are a tad frustrated.  It means one of several things – you haven’t paid the power bill, or there’s a blackout for some reason – or the globe’s gone.  Whatever, you are frustrated – because you have taken it for granted that by flicking that swtich – light naturally comes on.  Same with a tap – you want water, you turn the tap on.  Again – magic.  Water pours out.  You turn the tap one way, ...
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Qld – Here I Come – Beware – Be Very Ware

Arrangements for the Qld leg of the research trips for our book are well underway – and again – I am really looking forward to it.  Before I continue, a big welcome to the new stations which have come onboard, along with a lot of people who have visited stations – and towns in the outback – for holidays/work and have come from other properties, towns, cities and/or other nations. Having spoken with some of these people, face to face when I passed through Blinman, Broken Hill and Cobar – their feelings about the outback and their visits/lives out there ...
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Home Again – Now for the Homework – and Preparations for the Qld Leg

Home again.  The first leg of the research trips for our book is over – sort of.  Actually, it is nothing like being fully complete – but the travelling part is behind me – for this part – I think.  Prior to embarking on this trip I had established contact with yet more people – for both the book and for other reasons but have been provided with heaps more contacts – for stations and/or people who have been living in the outback, throughout SA, NSW, WA and a couple in the NT.  I will be contacting all of these people, ...
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This Amazing Adventure Continues – and I can’t get enough

The adventure certainly does continue.  I am now in Cobar, somewhere near the middle of NSW.   Sally Henery was lovely enough to drive me from  Alpana Station to Port Augusta so I could visit my own old SotA base there.  And I did.  However I had been unable to contact that SotA for a few reasons (none to do with anyone at the base), to warn them of my impending visit – so I was not expected.  But I did meet the Vice Principal who was wonderful in taking a few minutes to quickly show me a lesson in progress – ...
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My First Station Visit Completed – sort of – And It’s TERRIFIC

Well!  What can I say?  It is all very real and to be able to describe my feelings – I can’t.  I just can’t.  Try to expand on ‘euphoric’ – and you still won’t come anywhere near to it – but that should give you a bit of an idea.  Simple as that.  I am absolutely and completely overwhelmed by the warmth, friendliness (is that a word?) and – everything, all rolled into one, of the people I have met thus far.   My heartfelt thanks to the wonderful Sally Henery of Alpana Station, which is the very first property, nestled in South Australia’s superb ...
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The Countdown Is On

The Book on Stations – or the Stations Book.  The research trips for this – or the first of them – is finally underway.  It is all rather hard to believe still and even though I have now left Perth for this first leg, it is still just ‘hitting’ me – the commitment which I have undertaken.  The sheer enormity of the challenge. I honestly could not be happier – I am thriving on this.  Here I am, a 57 year young wife and mum, taking this on – and it is making me feel that I am ageing backwards. But ...
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