Unexpected changes

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Sometimes life gives us lemon, this is a great time to learn to make lemonade. My husband got some sandfly bites in Darwin and by the time we got to Kununurra we should have gone and seen a DR, but men being men, he didn’t want to, so we treated them with tea tree and silver and they appeared to be clearing up. We spent a few days camping out before we got to Roebuck Roadhouse and caravan Park about 35km out of Broome and decided to stop for a couple of days. It was lucky we did…to cut a long story short….he had a sore leg and tracklines running up to his groin and a raging temp. I took him to the hospital and that is where he stayed for the week, he had septis cellulitis, which is where all the cells are infected. He spent 4 days on IV antibiotics then oral antibiotics. This was his leg.

cellulitis from a sandfly

colins leg












So for all you stubborn men and women who put off seeing a DR to the lat minute, DON’T!!! I don’t think he was ever coming out with food like this and the great nurses and Drs at Broome hospital.

main meal and dessert


rock cake

cake and tea











Naturally I spent each day at the hospital, but managed to slip out at lunchtime and go to the beach and we were staying out at Roebuck Road house so got to get some trucks as well. So I still have some pics for you.

truck in dust at sunset sign blur number

peace and tranquility

Broomes famous cable beach ©2014 Photography by Julia K Harwood













When life rains on our parade and we are far from home and friends and family, what do you do? I would encourage you to let people know, let your family and friends know through social media and email and talk to the people where you are staying. We all need support at times like this and if I hadn’t reached out to others I don’t know how I would have survived. I would like to say a big thanks to everyone who commented, rang, emailed or texted us, it really does make a difference and a special thanks to Von and Max our neighbors at the caravan park who were waiting for me every night when I got home to check that I was okay, who gave me cuddles when I was upset and helped me to keep hoping for the best. And to finish off what is a trip to Broome without a stairway to the moon.

moon rising at low tide

Mindil Beach Markets

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Everyone who has ever lived in or visited Darwin will tell you you have to go to Mindil Markets at least once.

These Markets are an icon in Darwin, they are on Thursday night and Sunday night each week. They are traditional markets, plus fantastic live entertainment and a sunset to die for on the beach.

They start around 4pm. The trick is to get there early or you will have a long walk from where you park.

Once you arrive, it is time to wander around and look at all the colorful and varied stalls. Then as Sunset approaches you walk to the beach and join the 100s of people also on the beach. They often have life saving rescue boat racing and then it’s time to sit and watch as the sun slowly sinks into the horizon and the sky changes from a blue to a beautiful pink and then to the blue of twilight.

The night we were there, there had been some smoke in the air and so the sky became a beautiful pink and the sun was a blood red orb hanging in the sky.








After the sun had set the sky got more and more red and this is where the photo tip comes in, never leave home without your tripod. I was unable to capture the beautiful sky as I had left my tripod behind. To successfully capture the afterglow or any long exposure you need to use a tripod. Some cameras handle high ISO better than others, so you may be able to increase the ISO until you get the shot, unfortunately this creates a lot of noise in the image, especially in the sky and seeing that is what the photo is about we want it as clear as possible.

There are some software products that help us deal with noise in Post Processing. The best I have found is Topaz Denoise. Go here to see the full range http://www.topazlabs.com/911.html                                                                                         I often get discounts for these products so email me if you are interested.

After the sun had dropped below the horizon I turned and walked back up the beach and there was an aboriginal man using tapping sticks sitting on the sand and there was a little white baby crawling towards him. It was a precious moment as the baby showed that there is no discrimination until it is taught. He was totally mesmerized by the tapping sticks, crawling up onto his lap. It was a beautiful moment.


Bridgint the gap


Two cultures meet















So after the sunset we sat and enjoyed some great entertainment, there was a man with a whip doing tricks and a couple who did acrobatics and juggling. It was a great night.