Sometimes in life, you have to take the rough with the smooth.
I took these images last month on Australia Day. It was a day that didn’t begin well…… the power supply failed in the early hours of the morning… and the expectation was it wouldn’t be restored until at least 8pm that night. Temperatures even early in the morning were quite high and by midday it was very sticky. The mobile phone service was also disrupted, as were land lines and only some people were able to receive text message updates on the situation. The cause of the outage was a bushfire several kilometers from town, and while a temporary power station was being erected it would take time before it was operational.
I had just stocked my house fridge up with meat for the animals, and didn’t want to lose it, so I loaded it into the van fridge, but as the temps were high, I needed to drive the van with the airconditioning on so it was cool enough for the fridge to operate. So Fred and I putt-putted down the road, heading for Warren gorge, where at least there were large trees for shade. Mind you, it’s dangerous to park close to gum trees on very hot days, as they can suddenly drop a large limb. The first warning is a large crack sound and then a split second later, whoosh! as the limb falls downward, taking anything in its path with it. So we needed to be careful.
It was a slow trip to the Gorge, but fortunately there was little other traffic so I wasn’t causing anyone inconvenience by driving so slowly…….. it was a matter of getting the van as cool as possible before parking.
We found a suitable spot, and settled down for a while after opening all windows and doors to allow some air to circulate. There were some kangaroos sheltering in the shade of a large bush nearby, and only one of them decided to make the effort to go elsewhere. It was simply too much effort for the others…… I read some poetry… snoozed a little…. took Fred for a very short walk, nibbled on supplies, and then the warning beep on the van fridge informed me conditions were too hot and I needed to move on again.
So the images on this page, are the result of a day quietly putt-putting about the back roads of Quorn, including exploring a road I hadn’t taken before, with the bonus of meeting a mob of very friendly and well-mannered ponies and horses.
By the time we arrived back home, the worst of the heat had receded and a while after the power resumed, and all was well with the world. Especially good news was that the bushfire had been controlled.
It was certainly a day that tested my resources, but I comforted myself with, “this too shall pass” 🙂
I was looked with admiration at Valerie Jardin’s blog today and the wintry conditions she’s dealing with, and yet managing to take absolutely gorgeous images!