I am not the only one …

We had some friends stay over for the weekend and it was lovely chatting and catching up on the news.

I found myself saying more than once, …Ha, so I am not the only one who does that(thinks that/fears that etc.).

It occurred to me how valuable it is to have friends where we can share these inconsequential things and realise we all have much the same fears, hopes, dreams etc. It is reassuring that whatever our experiences in life might be, it is likely shared by many.

Lake Ballard near Menzies

Lake Ballard near Menzies

Perhaps this is the basis for our friendships.

NB The photo was taken by me at Lake Ballard (a dry salt lake) in a remote area north of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. The sculpture was created by well known sculptor Antony Gormley from the UK.

Antony Gormley

In 2003 I went to Lake Ballard near Menzies, north of Kalgoorlie in remote Western Australia. A rather unique exhibition was on display on the salt lake known as Lake Ballard. The sculptures by Antony Gormley, were placed on site in 2003 just before I visited and stay as a tourist attraction in the region. See the Wiki link below 🙂

To learn more about Lake Ballard and Antony Gormley CLICK HERE

Weekly photo challenge: Culture

IMG_1030 IMG_1031 IMG_1032 IMG_1034My focus today is on Indigenous Australian culture. I lived in a remote Indigenous Community (Numbulwar, Northern Territory) and in Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The woven basket is from Numbulwar. The featured book includes a story about The Brolga and the Emu told by Wingathana, who was my son’s school teacher in Grade 1 (1980) in Numbulwar.

The didgeridoo and boomerangs are from Fitzroy Crossing. The one with the almost 90 degree bend is, I believe, called a killing stick and is used for hunting kangaroos.

The dot painting originated in Laverton in the Northern Goldfields region of Western Australia.

The egg is actually and Emu egg and it has the face of an Indigenous man etched on its surface. I am unsure where the artist was from.

I hope you enjoyed my choice this week for Culture :-). They are quite unique artifacts purchased from the maker and won’t be found in commercial outlets. They may not be as pretty as what is available in the souvenir shops however they are the real thing!



My favourite ten blog photos + 1


River boat on the Murray River at Echuca

life above the clouds

This was the view from the window of the plane while flying from Perth to Melbourne Victoria recently


The Southern Ocean from the shoreline at Esperance in Western Australia

Deserted miner's cottage

Deserted miner’s cottage at Gwalia in Northern Goldfields Western Australia

Lake Ballard (2)

Sculpture at Lake Ballard in the Northern Goldfields near Menzies in Western Australia. sculptures done by Antony Gormley.


Father and son at Eighty Mile Beach in Western Australia


The sun shining on some foliage over my back fence.

2 June 2012 006An Autumn leaf from last Autumn – I love the colours in it


Nothing compares to my new grandson falling asleep in my arms 🙂

colours 002

My scarf collection –  I love the array of colours and textures


A flower from our passion fruit vine

I am finding it difficult to write a “proper” blog at the moment so I thought that today I would show case some of my photos I have used in blogs in the past.

I hope you enjoy them 🙂




Weekly photo challenge: Future tense

on the road to the future 2I traveled this road from Laverton to Leonora many times in 2003 while working in the region. I always felt a pang of excitement when I saw this sign post for the Great Central Road. It is one of the most remote highways in Australia! I love to visit out-of-the-way places and this signpost kept willing me to turn the car in that direction.


The Great Central Road is the main thoroughfare through Central Australia and links Western Australia to the Northern Territory. It is widely used by buses, trucks, 4WD and occasionally 2WD vehicles.


Maybe this is a journey into the future 🙂


English: Great Central Road just south of Tjuk...

English: Great Central Road just south of Tjukayirla Roadhouse looking north. Photo taken by Gazjo on 3 July 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




Gwalia – a ghost town in Western Australia

In 1963 the Sons of Gwalia gold mine closed abruptly. It is essentially a ghost town now. Mining from 1897  to 1963 produced 82.24 tonnes of gold! It is located 828 kilometers east of Perth, near Leonora, in the Great Victoria Desert.

From Wikipedia “… a young American geologist (was sent) to the area to develop the find into a working concern. That geologist was Herbert Hoover, who would later become President of the United States. Hoover arrived in Albany, Western Australia in May 1897, traveled by train to Coolgardie, then eventually to the Gwalia area by camel. He suggested himself as manager of the new mine. Among his suggestions for cutting labour costs was to hire mostly Italian labourers. As a result, the town’s population was made up mostly of Italian immigrants, as well as other Europeans, who sought riches in Australia’s newest gold rush…. Hoover’s stay in Gwalia was brief; he was sent to China in December 1898 to develop mines there. The house that Hoover lived in, overlooking the mine operations, still exists, and today operates as a museum and bed-and-breakfast inn. Hoover returned to Western Australia and Gwalia in 1902 as a partner in Bewick Moreing and manager of all of their interests in Western Australia.”

When the mine closed in 1963 the town’s population disappeared almost overnight. It is a popular tourist attraction today for those willing to travel the distance. I took the opportunity to visit the site when I was working in the region in 2003. An employee from the Regional Development Commission in Leonora gave me the tour! Leonora locals look after the deserted cottages to keep their original appearance – it looks like the miners just left yesterday!