Blogs from Griffith, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania

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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith March 29th 2014

First off: I got a shiny new car! Spent 2 weeks in Sydney, slowing being drained of cash (funny how fast things go with 150 dollars a week for the hostel, and then shopping and indian food @ $7.50 to $10 each day)..... trying to use the internet at the hostel (soooo slow; I'll never take speedy internet for granted after 1+ year of trying to use free internet at hostels in NZ/OZ), trying to find a suitable car for my travels while not being distracted too much by the game of Dwarf Fortress. And here it is! A 2001 Daihatsu Pyzar. Oh yeah, buying cars in Australia is really confusing, with all the rebranded cars, renamed cars and the 'local' Holden company (owned by GM) selling cars that are essentially Opels and Suzuki's under a ... read more
Car in Orange 2
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith February 25th 2013

One of the little joys in life is to take a drive to neighbouring towns, pack a picnic, explore the area on foot and maybe find a great vineyard. This day was a success. All the boxes were ticked.... read more
Whitton Main Street
Cuppa in the Park
Whitton Railway Station

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith February 24th 2013

During those months of being ill and the recovery period that followed, I craved to be well enough to have long walks in nature, enjoy bike rides and to kayak down rivers. I pictured myself as a bit of a "Solo" Woman, the great outdoorsy type. Just realised today, I'm actually doing it and it's making me extremely happy. I don't quite match the picture I had in my head but the reality is better. A relaxed lifestyle with time for all the things I love doing. Here's a peek at our time along the Murrumbidgee River with our "Flailing Paddles", the name given to our kayak. It's our version of "Dueling Banjos".... read more
Red Gum
Exposed Roots
Towards the Wharf

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith February 21st 2013

Carrathool is an historical town, once used as a transport network for wool. First bullocks were used, followed by the Paddle Steamer, then the Railway. Large sheep properties on either side of the river contributed to Australia's major exports. Today properties have almagamated or diversified but it is still a viable area for produce. This tiny town has a population of 99 people. Once a year in February, 4000 people descend on the town for "The Last of the Bough Shed Race Meeting". They come by plane, car and bus. This was established in 1878 and has continued each year. Punters love it, but I have no idea where all the people and horses stay. They even have a "Belle of the Bough Sheds Ball". We missed it this year as it was 2nd Feb 13. ... read more
Main Street
Car Rally
Nice Old Girl

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith February 19th 2013

Darlington Point: Goanna Track The area was used in the 1800's as a meeting place for tribes of indigenous people. After white men arrived in the 1830's the river was a major transport link for supplies to and from cities. During the 1930's this stretch of river was used as a common for 25 families, but bachelors had to live down the end with the Bunyip. The feared Bunyip hole still exists today.... read more
Along the Track
Cockatoo Flock
Goanna Walking Track

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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith February 17th 2013

It's been a while since the Lonie Rangers have blogged. Dave's been busy with poetic ramblings and I with photographic pursuits. Due to popular demand we have resurfaced. This time I'll be adding short blurbs with snaps (not photography) and Dave will add special issues to interest, delight and tickle your fancy I'm sure. Darlington Point, you may wonder where, what and particularly why? A small town on the Murrumbidgee River, 35km south of Griffith. We've been camping along the river for the past month and it started as a raging current up stream and has been dwindling the further we travel down stream. This is due to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Canals pumping 1.2 megalitres of water out to water crops. Why do we stay here for over two weeks? Beautiful walks along the river, tracks ... read more
Town Beach
Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area Canal
Irrigation Gate

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith January 12th 2012

Last year, when I first left, I always had one eye on home. I saw it as a year to figure myself out, learn some things and use that knowledge back in England to start doing something with my life. But by and by my dreams changed. Rather than wishing for a place to live, a girl, a good job that paid enough not to worry about money, friends and a settled life, I wanted to move and not stop. As I travelled I flew further down the path of wild abandon which peaked in my last month in Australia; hitching four thousand kilometres, sleeping on the side of the road, on beaches and then the madness of Sydney. I no longer wanted what I wanted before, I wanted love and madness, and a man is ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith January 12th 2012

I gave up hitching the Princes Highway. I waited more than an hour and was offered one ride to the next service station. I ran across to the opposite side and hitched back to the turn off to the Hume Highway, the direct inland highway between Melbourne and Sydney. A Taiwanese guy took me all the way to the outskirts of Canberra. We stopped off for breakfast and coffee along the way. He told me about his life before he came to Australia in Taiwan where he'd been part of a gang, carried a gun and fought people. He'd travelled to South Africa for a few weeks and realised he wanted to change. He was friendly and polite but he had a very confident air unlike a lot of Asians abroad. His English was good and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith November 25th 2011

Last week was Thanksgiving. I spent two days cooking and baking a proper American Thanksgiving from scratch. Because Australians do not celebrate Thanksgiving they are lacking all the nice short cut products like stove top stuffing and canned pumpkin. I ended up mashing potatoes and drying bread crumbs for stuffing. Boiling pumpkin for pumpkin pie. It was very labor intensive. I am really impressed with my Grandma that she cooks this much every year for my family. I will always remember the first Thanksgiving I was in charge of being in Australia and cooking for 15 Europeans in a tiny little gas oven. I am the only American at the fruitshack now, and there are only two Canadians that have experienced Thanksgiving dinner before. It is interesting to really see your culture from another perspective. Especially ... read more
My Thanksgiving guests
Thanksgiving Dinner
My First Turkey!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith November 1st 2011

Hello to all my northern hemisphere friends! I hope you are having a lovely fall while I get ready for summer! All of my Australian friends tell me that this is just the spring, it only gets hotter! I often wonder if I can cope without air conditioning. I am still working at Mick's Bakehouse. I am planning to move on after Christmas and spend the new year in Melbourne and see some city fireworks. Maybe a winter beach or two. Right now I am enjoying making friends with all the backpackers that come through the Fruitshack and the ladies at Mick's Bakehouse. Today was the Melbourne Cup. Apparently it is a Australian celebration that involves dressing up, gambling and drinking all day long. Mick's Bakehouse closed for the occasion and the girls and I spent ... read more
Pool Hours
Me, Emma 2, and Kat
Nicolette, Emma, Me and Tara




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