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Published: August 8th 2005
If we got paid for every time we said G’day or How ya goin mate? we could probably retire. Better than shove off you Victorian idiots - I guess. Anyway, at the moment we are camped up in Darwin with Tanya (Angie’s sister) in a house that she is renting and the kids are getting their fix of TV and DVD. Apparently ‘TV Deficiency Syndrome’ (TVDS-Aust. Med. Journal March 1989 Vol 3. Pg 45-89) is a medical condition proceeded by whining, whinging and a bad temper after being in the backseat of a car for 4 hours on the Stuart Highway.
On the way we went to Palm Valley on a really rough 4WD track, stopped at Mataranka and Douglas Daly thermal springs and Wycliffe Wells, which is supposed to be the UFO capital of Australia. Apparently most of the sightings have occurred around closing time at the local bar. Incidentally, you can order a sit down meal at the Wycliffe caravan park and be entertained (all night) by a spritely 80 year old gentlemen as he plays his entire repertoire of songs on a genuine Hammond organ. From 6.30 to 9.00pm when the last note is
Darwin has been fantastic. We’ve been to the Mindil market and had tea on the beach while the sun went down, done a bit of shopping, been to Tanya’s block of land near Mandorah and swam in lots of thermal pools or waterholes and. At Berry Springs, we swam at the small waterfall which acted like a spa at its base and then followed the river to a huge swimming hole where the kids jumped off the bank and dived under the water to see the fish (bream, etc) swimming in the pool. Ange had to keep on stomping in the water to stop the fish from nibbling her feet and legs.
This last weekend we went off to Litchfield to camp at Sandy Creek in the national park. We swam at numerous waterholes, drove through a fire that was burning about 5 km from our campsite and went through a water crossing that was deeper when we left than when we went in to the campsite the day before. We’ve even got the t-shirt - Litchfield: swam in the waterholes, driven through the bushfire, done the river crossing. I leave you with the quote from Lucy
about the flies: “Bloody flies, bloody stupid, bloody flies”. With that we’ll leave you and try to put another entry in either Kununurra or Broome.
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