“Gratitude doesn’t send you out shopping to find satisfaction; it comes as a gift rather than as a commodity.”

Robin Wall Kimmerer


Taking the rough with the smooth


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!


Earlier this month, I had a friend from the South East of SA visit for a few days, and as it was his first trip to the Flinders region, I tried to show him some of the sights within a day trip time frame.  One of the places we visited was Warren Gorge, not far from Quorn township, and with a sealed road all the way, which is a bonus.  It turned out to be the highlight of his visit, even though we didn’t go for a long hike – more like a quiet stroll….

Chattering around us, were the Apostlebirds. Struthidea cinerea. They basically ignored us humans, as they got on with their task of foraging on the ground.



They are omnivorous and live in an extended family unit which often numbers 12, hence their common name.

While I did have a long lens on the camera, they ended up only a couple of feet away from me.

Earlier this week, as I was walking down the street in town, I heard their distinctive chatter, and sure enough, there was a mob visiting the Jacaranda trees growing along the roadside.  I don’t think they stayed for long though…..probably headed off to the nearby native scrub which would have more tucker to their liking.

On Friday Fred and I took a trip out to the Gorge, in our search for some relief from the extreme heat, and a power outage due to a bushfire.  There was no sign of the birds then – most likely they were like the local kangaroos, taking refuge in the shade offered by the bushes.   Fortunately the bushfire was contained after a few hours, and the power restored a few hours after that, so a night’s sleep was possible with airconditioning on.

All these days of temperatures over 45 C are getting slightly tedious……but it’s summer and to be expected in this region.  Soon we’ll be heading off for a while to cooler regions.

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


These strange creatures are to be found on Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.  I felt they deserved a slightly different editing treatment…..  another time I’ll show them ‘normally’.

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Secret Rocks

Continuing  the story of my recent travels across Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, is my visit to Secret Rocks. All I knew about it was the name on the map…… but as I’m keen on rocks of any description, it was sufficient to pique my interest.  Sometimes I research a place, but other times prefer to simply let it unfold.

I turned off the Lincoln Highway……. Secret Rocks is 2/3rds along the unsealed road which meets up with the Eyre Highway in north-westerly direction.  Now unsealed roads can vary greatly in their condition, from well-maintained traversed in top gear, to low-gear bone-shakers……………





Unfortunately, the section from the Lincoln Highway got worse the further along I went, and there was no point by then of turning back, so it was a matter of slowly chugging along at 5-10kms p/h, listening to everything in the van protesting – including Frank being very vocal about communicating his displeasure!

At one point, another vehicle overtook me, but that was the only other vehicle I saw the whole time…. tick tock tick tock….

Eventually, hurray!  There’s the sign pointing to Secret Rocks!  There’s a nice parking area, and we found the vehicle which had overtaken us was parked there.  Fred had a brief pit stop, and then I went on alone to explore.



I was most surprised by all that I found, as I’d no idea Eyre Peninsula had such interesting formations, and further into the trip I found more.


In general, the land is fairly flat, so any rises are most welcome to get a broader view of the area.


The crevices and folds in the rock, captures moisture, and provides a wonderful habitat for vegetation.

Delicate native ferns in particular grow here.


Not the best of photos sorry, but you get the idea of it. Slightly different from another plant that grows nearby.



There was also another soft leaved plant I didn’t recognise.


On reaching a high point on the rock I came across the occupants of the vehicle parked below.  A lovely young couple on University break from Adelaide, who were visiting the region.


David and Michelle.

We chatted for a while, then they continued further up the rock and as time was getting on, I headed down to continue the journey.


It’s one of those places I’d like to return to, as there’s much more to explore there.


Back onto the boneshaker…… and to our great relief the road was much improved from then on to the Lincoln Highway.  Obviously I’ll be using that direction on any return visits!  All part of the learning and experiencing life on the road 🙂