Graham n Rosie

Joined April 2017Living in: Western Australia, Australia
  • Day9

    Cradock

    April 24, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    An overnight stop behind the Cradock Hotel. Top little pub, had a great chat with publican Dickie and a couple of fellow travellers. Even managed to swap some tomatoes for a free beer! #Only in the country.

    A few quirky photo ops around the place too - like the giant akubra across the road and the obviously pilfered NT croc warning sign. Gotta love country humour.

    Sunrise this morning was spectacular too!
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  • Day8

    Hawker

    April 23, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    A great little spot, Hawker was a true railway town, established along the Ghan railway in the 1880s and thriving until the line was moved west in 1956. The old station house now operates as a restaurant called, strangely, The Ghan.

    The town’s other main attraction is the Jeff Morgan Gallery & Panoramas. Morgan is a local artist of international standing and his gallery is amazing. Prolific artworks - notably landscapes and native animals - fill the huge shopfloor. From there, one enters a door to view four amazing panoramas depicting various local scenes from Wilpena Pound to Arkaroola. The work really takes your breath away. It also houses a huge rock, mineral and fossil collection as well. His sign out the front is a worry, though. 😁Read more

  • Day7

    Beltana

    April 22, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Spent a terrific few days here - a working sheep station that’s set itself up to accept travellers as well. They’ve converted the shearer’s quarters into rooms and camp kitchen area with a great outdoor dining area. The shearing shed has been converted into a restaurant/museum. Dinner there on our last night was a treat with delicious saltbush lamb from their property. The museum is huge and a fascinating study of life in the station back in the day. The resident alpacas made their presence known constantly (spitbombs on legs), looking for something new to munch. The area in front of our van actually turned out to be a massive bottle dump yielding stacks of new pieces and the odd 18th Century clay pipe or two! Our days were spent fossicking around here and nearby old Beltana township. Our evenings were spent cleaning our finds with a drink and the company of others staying on the property too. The young lad in one of the pics is traveling Australia with his dad and was fascinated by our finds. Graham made a pendant for him on the spot in return for scrubbing duties.Read more

  • Day6

    Lyndhurst

    April 21, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    This is as far north as we go on this trip, but we had a great day today looking around and meeting some interesting characters. We stopped at Leigh Creek for supplies (and an internet fix) - it’s pretty much a deserted town these days which is a shame as there are so many perfectly good houses slowly rotting away.
    There is a push by locals to create a visitor centre to lure tourists through so we hope it works for them - the town has an interesting enough history so good luck to them.
    It was then on to Copley to sample their famous Quandong Pie - served warm with cream, it was indeed delicious.
    We moved on to Lyndhurst and checked out the ochre mine before stopping in at the pub for a beer and chat with locals, including the random horses munching there way around the nearby community centre. Anyway, back in the pub Discussion turned to ‘Talc Alf’, a local identity that makes talc carvings. We’d heard of him before and I recalled seeing a story on him some time ago. The barman agreed it was worth stopping in at but also warned us of his eccentricities.
    With a little trepidation we pulled up to Talc Alf’s place, sincerely hoping he would be wearing trousers during our visit. Well, he was a completely delightful old bloke who thoroughly enjoyed sharing his thoughts, musings and philosophies with us for over an hour. His fascination with letters and words is evident in everything and strangely the longer you sit with him the more believable his ideas begin to sound. His family came out from Holland when he was two and he also loves Indonesian history so when he found out about Graham’s Dutch-East Indies background he was delighted to say the least! Yes, he’s a little dotty but he’s also very intelligent, making a conversation with him quite the experience!
    We couldn’t leave without picking up a special piece to take home. It’s a shame his larger carvings weren’t for sale as they were really stunning.
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  • Day4

    Angorichina-Blinman

    April 19, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We arrived at Parachilna early, unhooked the van and took off to Angorichina. I haven’t been here for nearly 30 years so it was quite an experience. The tourist village has seen a few changes but not as much as I expected. Its still the same Ango I remember from my caretaking stint one long hot summer all those years ago. We caught up with David, the manager, (who ran the shop back then) which was a real trip after all those years.

    It was then off to the Blinman pub for a bevvy and lunch. The main change here is the lack of a swimming pool that I distinctly remember enjoying last time I was here. Chatting with the barman gave us a fossicking spot up the road but my superior map reading skills were having a break and we missed the track. Luckily we stopped to take a photo of the Angorichina sign on the highway and BAM! We spot glass - yep, and LOTS of cool china for our growing collection.

    And finally, we end the day with a delicious meal at the Prairie Hotel, Parachilna. Known for their “local” flavours, we enjoyed a feral feast of camel, emu, goat and roo. Nice way to spend a birthday night. 💋
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  • Day2

    Wilpena Pound

    April 17, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Spent the day here, bushwalking and enjoying the scenery. Visited Hills Homestead, only a 2 hour walk return but that was enough for us today since there was some serious fossicking to do.

    Graham’s eagle-eyes spotted a glint of glass along the roadside not far from Hawker as we drove out to Wilpena. So, on the way back we stopped for a look. Personally I wasn’t impressed but true to form, Graham managed to find a trove of treasures! The prickles and flies were less than helpful so I wasn’t in the mood to return to the car to fish out the camera to record the moment but I promise the last pic accurately records our discoveries.

    There are some great pieces here - all surface stuff so we are extending our stay to go back tomorrow with a shovel and delve a little deeper. Two nights in a row we’ve sat over a wine (or scotch) or three, cleaning our finds and madly discussing which piece would make a great pendant or what shard lends itself to a stunning set of earrings. #creativelyawesome
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  • Day1

    Kanyaka

    April 16, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    After a couple of days in Merriton spending quality (boozy) time with family we headed off to our first stop on this short trip. We are currently staying in Hawker and spent our first full day exploring the ruins at Kanyaka - a cattle station (later sheep) established in 1852. Built from local stone, much of it remains and is really quite beautiful. After battling the flies during a quick morning tea it was time to get to work so we moved on to an old bottle dump which yielded an impressive haul - managed to score some fabulous china pieces and beautiful coloured glass as well.Read more

  • Day158

    Coffin Bay & Port Lincoln

    September 27, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Great coastal environments, both places we really enjoyed. Long walks, sea gazing and oysters.

    (We tried to recreate our last visit to Coffin Bay by hiring a tinnie and catching a dozen King George but funnily enough things are different these days -apparently you now need a boat license of all things. So we just ate more oysters instead. Take THAT, Coffin Bay!)

    On our way to Coffin Bay we passed through Streaky Bay where we found an amazing outcrop of granite formations known as inselbergs. The whole landscape had an eerie, "Outlander" vibe that was pretty cool. We also took a touristy drive along the gorgeous coastline around Elliston where they've added a few statues to draw the eye. Impressive.

    Port Lincoln itself was yet another opportunity to indulge in local wine and oysters. We missed tuna season unfortunately but gained a new appreciation for smoked seafood. The foreshore and marina are looking pretty tired, but then the place probably comes to life in summer. Sadly the wind kept our fishing rods in the car this time. Off to Arno Bay and hopefully better weather!
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