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

Health Retreat Kununurra

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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.

bee eaters in flight

bee eaters sitting on sprinkler









sea eagle

sea eagle







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.

view from gazebo






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.

islands in Lake argyle

islands in Lake argyle

reflections in lake

reflections in lake








swiming in Lake Argyle


















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.

zebadee 1








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.



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Wow, what a busy couple of weeks.

I thought stopping in Darwin to rest would be a good idea, but it seems there is always something on, but I am not complaining as I got to fulfill one of my dreams this week…..to visit Kakadu!!!

We stayed at Cooinda and went on the Yellow River Cruise. You can see why it is called Yellow River.

Yellow River Kakadu

Kakadu Yellow river







We had previously flown over the falls in Kakadu and I would still like to visit them in person, but on this trip we got to do the Yellow River Cruise and have a look around Cooinda and then on to Jabiru and Ubirr to see the aboriginal art.

Obviously Ubirr was a very special place for the aboriginies as the art is prolific and really good, probably the best I have seen.

Aboriginal art

great examples of aboriginal art









It was a great opportunity photography wise to shoot lots of different animals and birds and the cruise was great as they gave you plenty of time to take photos. Paul Arnold a photographer also does Photography Cruises out of Cooinda at a great price.

The accommodation in the budget area was a bit rough, but the beds were really comfortable and the dongas had air conditioning and the pool was to die for.

What they didn’t let us know was that in the budget accommodation there are is a camp kitchen but no pots, cooking or eating utensils, fortunately we threw the picnic basket in at the last minute and it was a life saver.

I traveled with Jan & Chris our friends from Qld, their daughter Ang and Hans and Cora friends from Holland. We had a great time together and all got on very well.

These were some of the birds we saw on the Yellow River Cruise.

Brolgas in Australia, Northern Territory,

Brolgas at Kakadu






yellow river cruise, sea eagle

sea eagle kakadu







We were privileged to see a Jabiru catch his dinner and then eat it.

Jabiru Kakadu

Jabiru catching fish









jabiru at Kakadu

Jabiru eating a fish he caught himself

If you have any questions about anything you read or see here, feel free to ask me. Wishing you all a great week and will have more next week.