BILLABONG that is. yesterday was great. donnie and granddaughter riley and emily and i drove out to wangumma on the 'bong' playing 'spot the...' in the car on the way. the high points scored for spotting a bottle, tyre, emu, random person were an indication of what a deserted and wide empty space it is that we drove through to get there. great expanses of low scrubby grey-blue bushes, red earth - real australian landscape.
we had a really relaxed day of exploring the river and bong (well, a bloody hot walk
actually but good) i did some sketching and took stacks of photos of the masses of pelicans, ducks, swans and other waterbirds, we played scrabble, had a shoot at a target (i'm now 'blooded' into rural life), found frogs in the loo, i learned a bit about some of the drought resistant trees peter's been planting - i had a wonderful time. thanks donnie, pete and girls
|riley and emily in the amazing tree they've climbed for years of past visits to the bong|
i loved this piece of art on the wall in the kitchen, made by a friend of reeds from the billabong outside the house.
the old dunny, still standing
despite rivalling the leaning
tower of pees - a :0) sorry
the house - a wonderful old brick homestead, big halls, long glass doors opening onto the verandah from every room, a whole separate kitchen building and a breezeway down the middle, it's a real family getaway in a beautiful spot.
there's even a frog or two
to greet you when you
go to the loo.
|checking out the bird book in the great old kitchen, interesting things everywhere|
ROOTIN' TOOTIN' SHOOTIN'
|I'VE BEEN LED ASTRAY by this woman - donnie with the air rifle aiming at the pizza box top/target,|
she's not bad either
first time with
a gun in my
hand as far
as i can
i got one out
of three on
the target, not
great but i was
|on the way home - this funny log man is on the side of the road, donnie says at christmas he's dressed in red xmas gear, not sure who does it but he's pretty funny|