We’re back!

Two weeks tomorrow ago, we arrived back in Quorn, in the Flinders Ranges.  I tell people it’s a boomerang town for me, as I simply keep coming back 🙂

I was here for three months during the summer, in a house where we could take shelter from the heat.  Then we were off for a couple months, touring various places in South Australia and Victoria.  It felt good to be on the road again.  It felt good to visit the coast.  It feels good to be back in my beloved Ranges again.

This time we’re in a different house, one offered to us by friends whose work has taken them elsewhere.  Even though it’s still in the throes of renovation, resulting in some inconveniences, it suits us nicely.  There’s a better outlook, and I don’t – so far – feel the cabin fever I experienced during the summer.  Basically, it’s a base point for now, as I’ll still be roaming about as weather permits.  It’s nice to know I’ll have a warm fire to return to when the season finally changes down the track.  Last winter living in the van was tough….. ice on the windscreen more mornings than I could count, with it barely any warmer inside the van.  And my body doesn’t do cold well, never has.  So we’ll see how it goes this time.  Just having an option helps.

In the short term, I still have hopes of adapting the current van better to suit my (our) requirements.  Longer term, would love to acquire a slightly larger vehicle, better suited to our needs.  Fairy godmother please 🙂

Quorn is the home of the Pichi Richi railway.  Last week I took time out from setting up a new home, to go chasing trains.  This coming week I’ll probably do it again, as there are extra services running to cater for the current school holidays.  Oh I do love trains!


And as I mentioned a boomerang earlier, here’s a little humour for you to sing along with.  Politically incorrect – yes!


Goodbye dear friend

For the past week, I’ve been back in old territory, back where I used to live before I took to the road.  I’m back to empty out the storage container with my household effects.  There is no chance of me returning to live around here, and even if I find a house suitable in the future, it makes better sense financially to be done with what I have for now.  A friend will store a few things for me at his place, but it’s only short term.  Mostly it’s not been emotionally difficult parting with my household effects……well, not until it came to parting with my violin I’d had since I was a young child.

It’s gone to a woman who will use it, and love it, and play Irish music on it, so I really can’t ask for better.  Except it’s breaking my heart.  I even had a little rage to my self after it left yesterday, raging against the circumstances that have led me to this decision.  However, I’m over that now, just the sadness remains.  I still have my mandolin – which doesn’t get played enough now either – and that shares my bed, along with the cats.  Squeezing us all into the little van continues to be challenging, and I keep asking my fairy godmother for a slightly larger van, when she feels the time is right.

Obviously the time isn’t quite right yet…..

Hopefully I’ll have this business completed by the end of the month, and move into the  next chapter of the story. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ghost riders

I love experimenting with slow shutter speed, and grabbed the opportunity when it arose one recent misty morning.

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And my favourite…… where less is…..barely there….



Only then will your house be blessed



Harry Manx – Let your house be blessed

Let it go, Let it go, Well well, let it go go go
Let your sword of vengeance rest
Oh, do the, do the blind lead the blind?
Well well don’t be cruel to be kind
Only then, will your house be blessed

Yeah, offer prayer, offer prayer well well
Offer sweet prayer, yeah now,
To your uninvited guest
Oh, won’t you, give ’em the right,
Yeah yeah, to be welcome, through the night
Only then, will your house be blessed

Yeah, turn your cheek, turn your cheek
Well, turn your other cheek
May your mercy manifest
Oh, when the hawk and the dove
Flying circles ’round your love,
Only then, will your house be blessed

Oh, let it go, let it go, well well, let it go go go
Let your sword of vengeance rest
Oh, do the, do the blind lead the blind?
Yeah yeah don’t be cruel to be kind
Only then, will your house, whoa, be blessed
Na na na ha