Tracks

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“It seems to me that the good lord in his infinite wisdom gave us three things to make life bearable- hope, jokes, and dogs. But the greatest of these was dogs.”
Robyn Davidson, Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

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Travel

We were off again at the beginning of this past week, for a couple of nights out  camping….. till we were about to be besieged by schoolchildren and the army and so we headed home for a while.  Home being a temporary place of course….

Home in the true sense, for us, is being out in the Bush.  Period.  Ikara-Flinders Ranges.

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“Oh the places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

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Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.

Gustave Flaubert

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“Don’t listen to what they say, go see” ~ Chinese Proverb

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“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost

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“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

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!

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