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I noticed something the other day, when we are away time flies, but for those at home life goes on at the same old pace. So sorry I haven’t posted more often or kept in touch as much as I normally would. I feel like I am on a health retreat, inside this beautiful bubble, but I know when others go away, I miss them and wish they would stay in touch. I wish I could bring each of you up here for a few weeks, it is so beautiful, relaxing and refreshing. I wake up every morning to a lawned vista, dotted with boab trees and the river winding it way through the property, the birds are tweeting and the wind gently rustles the leaves.
They say a picture paints a thousand works, so here are some pictures to help you see what it is like.
There are beautifully coloured bee eaters, red breasted robins, willy wagtails, green throated lorakeets, crimson rosellas, white cockatoos, sulpher crests, mud larks, cranes and sea eagles to name a few of the birds, the kangaroos and wallabies lay in the shade of the mango trees and then come down to the lawned area near the river in the evening.
The gazebo has lovely swing chairs where I sit and read or just sit and watch the world around me and my soul takes a deep breathe and relaxes.
Don’t worry though, Colin has still kept very busy, him and Bill, the owner of the property we are staying on are renovating the house, so he is up and gone at 7am and knocks off at about 4pm. He is loving it:)
We have got to do a bit of sight seeing as well, Bill and his wife Andrea took us up to Lake Argyle where we were able to borrow a friends barge and spend the day out on the lake. We took a tinny (motorboat) with us to get out to the barge and to cruise around at a bit faster pace. Andrea stayed on the pontoon and read and swam while we went sightseeing in the tinny. We saw a couple of big crocs, fresh water ones though. There were pelicans and cormorants and even some rock wallabies. The water was beautiful and calm and as we turned and headed towards home the water had started to glass off and the reflections were amazing.
Colin and I took the day off on Wednesday and went out to Zebadee springs, one of our favourite places and then into El Questro for lunch and then decided to continue on the Gibb River Road to Home Valley Station. The road was amazingly good until we crossed the Pentecost River and then it deteriated a bit from there to Home Valley. It was great for me as at least I got to drive on the Gibb River Road and cross the main river. From there we headed out to Wyndham and went up to five rivers lookout. It is an amazing place, no matter how many times we visit.
Last night Bill and Andrea had visitors for tea, so we went out to Kelly’s knob to watch the sunset. Here comes the photo tip for this week:- Don’t automatically head to where everyone else is, look around you for interesting features or hang back a bit so that the people themselves are silhouetted against the sunset. Everyone was looking at the sun set and yet if you turned around the real light show was happening on the rocks as they changed to burnt orange and the trees were bathed in golden light, but most people never saw this, neither did they capture it. If you want to have people showing in detail, rather than in silhouette, as you take a sunset you need to get close to them and use some fill flash to add light to their faces. Also remember sunset is a low light situation, so take your tripod, and use a remote shutter release or the timer function on your camera to avoid camera and shutter shake. If you don’t have the right equipment, don’t worry, try doing some video instead.
Have you ever heard of a two eyed jack or a one eyed jack? Go and get a pack of cards and look at the jacks, I think it will surprise you, it did us.
We will be here for another week before we head closer to home.
Will post again soon.