The bigger view

I’m thinking during these crazy times, about the old saying –

“Can’t see the wood for the trees”

More on that here for those who are not familiar with this saying.

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I’ve been occupied recently with upgrading the van’s power system, and it’s almost completed.  Of course, my plans keep changing.  The Tiny House Festival I’d hoped to attend instead of another event which had been cancelled, has now joined the list of non-events.  Even though it was to be held outside on a racecourse.  Hmm…..

So not sure where to next, but chances are we’ll make the right choices 🙂

 

Victoria Valley drive, Grampians

Leaving our campsite near Dunkeld on a cool cloudy morning, we drove slowly down the road between two lines of mountains – or hills according to your definitions 🙂

The Victoria Valley Drive is one that is advised by the Dunkeld visitor centre to take.  From Dunkeld the roughly circular trip can take from a couple of hours to a whole day, depending on how much you are willing to stop to look at of course.

It’s a bitumen road, although not sufficiently wide for two vehicles to pass without leaving the bitumen.  The nice aspect was not having to deal with logging trucks 🙂  We mostly just puttered along at a quiet pace to absorb the peace of the area.

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This is a typical large shearing shed in Australia. 

Sheep and wool growing are the main farming interests along with some beef cattle.  It’s a high rainfall zone, and bear in mind these pics are taken in late February, the end of summer in Australia, so there’s still plenty of feed about.

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At a closer look, the emus grazing took my eye.

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The Grampians were formed about 424 Million years ago, give or take a few years either way…..    For more information read a report here on the geology of the area.

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Most time when I stopped to say hi to the sheep, they took off as soon as the vehicle stopped.  However, I have a special tool at my disposal…..

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….. and most times it works well 🙂

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Not quite so well on the kangaroos sadly, as this bloke only stopped briefly before bouncing off.

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Another stock shed along the way.

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The nearby residence.

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A bovine beauty.

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These sheep got my curiosity.  I could see them moving around in a sort of circular manner, but there were no dogs or humans to be seen.  It appeared the sheep were playing among themselves, taking turns to run around the mob.  Who knows….?

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Hang on, those long necks don’t belong to sheep!  Emus pretending to be sheep!

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Throughout my time there I noticed this picture frequently, sheep and emus getting along quite nicely thank you very much.  Good to see.

 

Where to now?

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“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.”

– Babs Hoffman

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“Still, round the corner, there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.”

– J. R. R. Tolkien

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“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure. You have no idea of what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let yourself go on the stream of the unknown.” – Freya Stark

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“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

– Lewis Carroll

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“The road recedes as the traveler advances, leaving a continuous present.”
Richard Le Gallienne

 

 

Watch “They are killing us. Firefighter blames government for Australia’s bushfire crisis 7NEWS” on YouTube

Since I first posted this, two volunteer fire fighters have lost their lives in the course of fire fighting, and others were injured.  And the weather continues to be extreme.

Where I am at present, the predicted temperature for today is 49C.   And thunderstorm.

The sky looks weird.  And I’m in an area that is not as severely affected as so many others.  At least I have smoke free air to breathe at present.  A friend just sent me a photo of the air where he is in Victoria.  Visibility down to a few hundred metres, instead of kilometers.  He has a pre-existing lung condition, and it’s not an easy time.

Hundreds of people/families are being displaced.  I tell you, it’s like a war zone out there.