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30th November 2021
Mataranka Hot Springs

Hot Springs
Looks like great fun.
30th November 2021
Mataranka Hot Springs

Hot Springs
Indeed, very pleasant!
23rd November 2021
Nitmiluk Gorge - source of the next pandemic?

Fantastic photography
No telling what trouble they may cause.
12th November 2021
Local Katherine art work

Street art
We are always impressed with the quality of street art around the world. This is a nice one.
16th November 2021
Local Katherine art work

Street art
It is good isn't it. Our home town of Melbourne is renowned for it, if you've ever been here. We also love silo art - it's everywhere in rural areas here; not sure if that's a 'thing' in the States?
5th November 2021
Darwin Waterfront Precinct

Darwin
We spent 2 months in Australia but didn't make it to Darwin.... hopefully someday.
6th November 2021
Darwin Waterfront Precinct

Darwin
Nice place (in the dry season!). Highly recommended.
30th October 2021
Prowling crocodile

Danger on his mind
Don't mess with this one!
From Blog: Jumping Crocs
30th October 2021
Mindil Beach sunset

Sunset perfection
Nice!
From Blog: "Sweetheart"
24th October 2021

Jumping Crocs
That's interesting about your Covid protocols. For a while there were parts of Canada we couldn't go to but that's all opened up now as Canada's rate of fully vaccinated is nearing 75%. We do have to show our Covid passports in our province to prove we've had 2 doses to enter restaurants, bars, gyms etc. PS I too cracked up at Humpty Doo town name & I enjoyed the Japanese restaurant story. I prefer my omelette on my plate & not down my shirt. Cheeky chef he is!
From Blog: Jumping Crocs
25th October 2021

Covid
My response to Bob Carlson is in my comments on the 15 July entry - “Dodging COVID Bullets”
From Blog: Jumping Crocs
25th October 2021

Jumping Crocs
The COVID protocols. Hmmm. Melbourne recently became the most locked down city in the world which isn’t pleasing us too much at all. We’ve only been granted a few more freedoms in the past few days as we passed the 70% doubled faxed milestone. Our country has turned into a series of fiefdoms, with all the States doing things differently, which is frustrating everyone. It’s now almost impossible to visit Western Australia unless you’re a returning resident. You might be interested in my response to a recent comment by Bob Carlson (27th September) which gave a bit more background to this very contentious issue. We saw on the news that there was even a recent “Free Melbourne” protest in New York! Amazing!
From Blog: Jumping Crocs
23rd October 2021

Sweetheart
I so agree, Canadians & Aussies have many similarities. Allan's family is in Alberta (Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer etc.) and we were just there in August for a wonderful family reunion. We are all vaccinated so it was a wonderful time. We will be extending our travel once our kids are a bit older, and Australia is definitely on the list. With you & Dancing Dave Hopper there, I've been privy to extract a lot of wonderful info of your beautiful country! Keep on blogging!! Cheers, Sal
From Blog: "Sweetheart"
22nd October 2021

Sweetheart
Hello Dave, when I get the chance I read your blogs! Always amusing but at the same time informative. My husband visited Australia once, and we'd like to visit together. Keep up the great blogs! I am SO behind after Covid in reading anyone's blogs! Take care.
From Blog: "Sweetheart"
23rd October 2021

Sweetheart
Hi Sal, Thank you so much for your kind words. We're always delighted to find out that someone's reading our stuff! Good to see that you seem to be able to travel again - half your luck, we still can't. We've got quite an affinity with Canada since our daughter moved to Alberta to be with her boyfriend a couple of years ago. We can't till the restrictions are lifted and we're able to visit her again (not in your winter of course!!) You should definitely try to get over here at some stage. We think Canadians and Aussies have a lot in common.
From Blog: "Sweetheart"
8th October 2021

Australia
Your country is full of things that bite.
From Blog: Crocosaurus Cove
29th September 2021

Breaking down the door
Don't let your imagination run wild until you have to! Lock down rules and guidelines are enough to make you go crazy. Stay safe.
28th September 2021

What a mess
I hope you continue to have good luck. Australians have been locked up tight for too long. I do hope some fines or something are imposed on those furniture movers. What the heck were they thinking? Have they heard of COVID? Yikes!
29th September 2021

COVID mess
Thx for this. In the end, I think all they were able to get them for was not wearing masks, which only attracted a small fine. It seems they did actually have permits to come here, but subject to a lot of very strict conditions. They apparently weren't very cooperative with the police, which it seems made it a lot more difficult to charge them with more serious offences. Their names have never been revealed (for some obscure legal reason), which may well have saved them from getting lynched! Keep enjoying Spain!!
25th September 2021

Glad you got away by the skin of your teeth...
we see on the news that Australia is taking draconian measures to defeat Covid.
27th September 2021

Aussie approach to COVID
Thanks for this Bob. I'm very interested that our approach is seen as draconian, at least by some news organisations. I'm not sure what to think anymore!! We had very very few cases initially (2020), and even fewer deaths relative to the rest of the world, so the objective here seemed to be to completely eliminate the virus. Lockdowns seemed to work to achieve this, so people were generally content to accept the measures that were imposed. This all changed with the delta variant (2021), and the authorities only seem to have come to the realisation in the past couple of months that elimination of that is virtually impossible, even with the harshest measures. The approach now seems to be to try to reduce the numbers of cases to avoid overloading the health system, whilst waiting for a substantial proportion of the population to get vaccinated. We were initially very slow on the vaccination uptake relative to the rest of the world, and I think this was at least partly due to us having so few cases, so a sense of complacency. Even now, uptake is very low in the states that haven't had many cases (WA and Qld - they haven't had more than a handful of cases for months, and their vaccination rates are way behind Victoria and NSW, both of which have had lots of cases). The other thing that really stands out is how differently the different states have approached all this. We here in Victoria have adopted some of the strictest measures - including curfews!! I think this is because our government considers the advice from its health officials above all other considerations, and there is of course no incentive for the health officials to recommend anything other than very strict measures. WA is also very strict - they've virtually become a hermit state - closing their borders to everyone else. NSW by contrast is starting to lift restrictions quite a bit compared to Victoria despite having more cases, and they seem to be at least adopting some balance between blindly following the health advice, and consideration of economic and social issues. I think the public here in Victoria is now starting to get very weary of our government's approach (Melbourne's recently taken over the title of the world's most locked down city!). Most people I talk to are now thinking that keeping kids out of school, imposing curfews, keeping a lot of businesses closed (and therefore rendering people unemployed) and denying young people a substantial part of their youth is a disproportionate price to pay for only a very few deaths. The whole country is theoretically supposed to open up again when 80% of us are vaccinated - currently projected to be in early November. WA and Qld are however now starting to make noises about keeping their borders closed even after this milestone is reached. No one I've spoken to seems to think that makes any sense!! I thought we were supposed to be a single country, but the experiences of the pandemic make it clear that this isn't the case at all!! Hope that puts it all into a bit of context!!
22nd September 2021
Murtoa Stick Shed

Murtoa Stick Shed
"265 metres long, 60 metres wide, and nearly twenty metres high at its highest point." That is truly massive. Blows me away the massive numbers of gems in our island continent that folks like me have never heard of but when discovered cannot hide the awe. Gotta see this one for myself one day!
24th September 2021
Murtoa Stick Shed

Murtoa Stick Shed
Thanks for this. It is indeed staggering what you can find in your own backyard. We'd never heard of this place until someone told us about it earlier this year, and here it is, half a day's drive down the road.
6th September 2021

Arial views
Stunning views.
6th September 2021

Stunning views
Thx. They certainly were!

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