The River and the Highway

Fred sings along as we travelled across the Mighty Murray River one day…..





Appila Springs

Just a mere 900 million years ago this area was covered by the sea but today it is a beautiful freshwater spring, home to many species of wildlife.

Fred and I sat on rocks about 500million years old, and soaked in the wonderful ambiance, totally undisturbed.  Recent summer rains had replenished the waterhole, and the Dragonflies were making the most of the conditions.  We watched birds having their afternoon bath in the shallows, and listened to the croaking of frogs.  All delicious food for the soul.

In the driest state of the driest continent, waterholes and springs are never to be taken for granted.

Appila Springs is a few kilometers from the township of Appila, and locals have done a fantastic job of putting picnic facilities here without impinging on the peace and tranquility of the area.  A great deal of revegetation has been accomplished also, thanks to assistance from government grants.  My heartfelt thanks to those who have shown this respect to the land.

Everybody’s doing it!

Fred and I took advantage of a mild day, and went off exploring – something we both love to do.  We hop into the car with no real destination in mind, just a vague idea of direction, and let chance lead us along.  And today we hit the bullseye!

We found a wonderful waterhole, filled with plenty of fresh water after recent flash floods, and the whole area was teeming with life: birds, frogs, and insects.  In particular, the dragon flies were going beserk!  The noise from their whirring wings was incredible!  Undoubtedly Spirit is alive and well at this place.  More photos of the area to come……

Not a bird brain but brainy birds!

In the early morning, I like to sit down near the river while my horse grazes nearby.  It’s generally a quiet peaceful way to start the day and I can watch the various birds as they enjoy the small river also.  Downstream, in the high cliff banks, the feral pigeons have their roosts and morning and evenings they fly up to the pipeline where it crosses the river.  From that position they can greet the sun in the morning, and say goodnight to it at the end of the day.  Sages recommend people to take the time to greet the day and bring closure to it , if they seek wisdom.

There’s a man-made structure across the river, and it provides a perfect place for the birds to take their ablutions and have a drink.  These two enjoyed it this morning although sometimes there’s quite a crowd jostling for space.


I was a little delayed in setting out on my evening walk this warm summers evening, and then rounding a bend on my way up the hill, I noticed a large brown snake sliding off the road into the grass.  Not wanting to disturb it or to place my dog or horse into danger, I changed my mind about going up the hill and stayed by the river instead.  It meant I was in the right place to see the moon coming up over the far hills, but it also placed me in the situation of supper for the mosquitoes……the welts are slowly receding.

This is where the term lunatic comes from…….  Still, it’s not too bad a shot, considering I didn’t have my tripod….maybe tomorrow evening I’ll wear better protection from the insects and take my tripod….who knows….but regards of what I do the moon will still come up.  Reassuring that, isn’t it:-)


All over the world, wild weather events are happening.  In Australia, many people have died, and thousands have lost their homes.  It will take years for Queensland to rebuild its infrastructure.  My heart goes out to all people who are experiencing dramatic changes to their lives.  Be courageous.  Know you are not alone.  Out of the chaos will come a different order.  I am heartened by the stories of valour that are emerging and perhaps humanity will understand that ultimately we are not defined by our possessions.