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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Derby June 3rd 2012

Derby – Beyond the Boabs. 3rg June 2012 After picking up the Trakkie in Broome from Keshi Storage, who were very accommodating, it was onwards and upwards to Derby with some trepidation as we had heard a lot of mixed reports about the town, in fact we had spoken to several people who were not even going to go in there! Derby is also in there as ‘The Gateway to the Gorges’ and where the real Kimberley Region begins and was the first town settled in the Kimberleys. The Port of Derby was first established in the 1880’s and was a landing point for Wool Shipments. The first jetty was built in 1894 and linked to the main town by horse drawn tramway, wool and pearl shell in the early days were the mainstay of the ... read more
Derby Wharf
Derby Wharf

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Derby March 10th 2012

When the alarm went off at 4am I have to admit that it was a struggle to raise my head, but I had a feeling it was going to be worth the effort. Neroli and I packed our gear and headed out to the jetty for 5am. We met the guys, they had been there since 4.30 and were keen to get going. As we headed out it was kind of strange to see the jetty from the water side. When the sun started climbing with all the pinks, purples and reds it was truly beautiful. The trip out into the blue water was pretty rough, but only by Derby standards, I hadn't taken a sea sickness tablet and didn't feel sick but maybe that was becasue I was riding up the front. Poor Neroli got ... read more
Who couldn't resist jumping into this?
Roli and I

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Derby February 5th 2012

I spent my last day in Perth on Rottnest with my wonderful sister and all the things I love best in the world. I swam and drank and laughed and was completely and utterly happy. It was a glorious day and the perfect way to finish up my summer. Australia day night was spent in our neighbour’s garage at the annual street party. The rain, thunder and lightning kept us all entertained and there was so much amazing food I wished I could have packed a lunchbox for the plane. I snuck inside to finish packing up my mountain of stuff. All I can say is thank god ill be back in march I had to leave so much stuff behind. I crawled into bed and was asleep before dad even had a chance to say ... read more
The girls
Derby jetty
Wet dog

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Derby December 4th 2011

Week 7 is over and I can’t believe there is only 1 more week of 2011 Derby-life. It was always going to be a sad week, my good, good friends, Bec and Caitlyn left Derby on Tuesday. Their 1 yr Kimberly adventure was over and although I know there will be more friends next year, these girls were pretty special. We had jetty drinks and a proper family dinner on Tuesday night. Then they did the ‘leaving town’ ritual and gave away their entire pantry/unwanted items to X-ray Pete and me. Wednesday was almost unbearable as the temp climbed to beyond 44 degrees. I pretty much went insane- my poor class. Thursday was no better but at least we won our netball and volleyball games. On Friday I was thrown head first into the world of ... read more
Moustache straws
Farewell friend cake
Moustaches all round

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Derby November 20th 2011

You know what they say about the build up? They reckon it makes people crazy. I think the events of this week have proved that theory is right on the money. School pretty much sucked this week. I'm not going to go into it since I'm putting this online and all but I will say that by Friday I needed about 10 additional hours sleep and at least 2 nights of steady drinking to forget about my week. Moving on from school, Friday night eventually arrived. We hadn't had drinks at the jetty for ages so Katie and MJ decided we would go down and watch the sunset. There was a nice breeze which kept the mozzies away and for the first time in ages I didn't have to use any repellent. I left the jetty ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Derby November 6th 2011

Week three went so fast it seems like a bit of a blur. Monday was a bit of a slog after a lovely long weekend at Barn Hill. I was right back into it on Tuesday though. In fact, all this week I got to school around 6am and was quite productive getting report comments written. The other big thing which happened on Tuesday, was that it rained in Derby. The first of the wet season and right on time- being the 1st of November and all. We did a rain dance to celebrate, although it was short lived it was definitely appreciated. On Wednesday our team played netball and afterwards went out to tea together. I finally managed a decent couple of serves in volleyball on Thursday and we hit the Boab on Friday night. ... read more
Supper woman to the rescue
Eat me they kept saying
and saying

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Derby October 23rd 2011

No rest for the wicked, as the saying goes. So... happy that Mia was safely back in Perth the usual Derby crew geared up for another corker. Friday night was messy. Prue had a big BBQ and lots of wine was drunk. We were separated at the Boab cos they locked the doors before we all managed to get in. After another glass of wine we decided to meet up with the others at the King Sound but not before we planked a cement mixer and the new term Plonkatonk was coined. We arrived just as they called last drinks. The management informed me several times that she didn't like me playing with the Halloween displays. I obliged and found a fan (121166). Saturday morning was rough but it was Corporate Cup Day so after a ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Derby October 22nd 2011

With Week One finished already it's pretty hard to believe there are only 7 more weeks before I have to send my class onto bigger and better things. Of course, weather wise it was a scorching week and during the weekend I honestly felt like I was going to melt. There was no relief despite two consecutive forecasts for rain (now I really do sound like my dad). Friday night was pizza night at Jila before a free Pigram bother concert at he Spini. It was an earlish night and I was in bed by 12.30am Saturday I continued to melt and despite trying to get some reports started I failed. Too hot for work was what I told myself. Instead I aimlessly roamed the house and garden looking for cold spots which didn't actually exist. ... read more
Prue and Jono
Footy toss
Kristen gives as good as she gets

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Derby October 9th 2011

We woke pretty early on Saturday and got straight into organsing the brunch. We thought a big day at the races deserved a big cookup. We had mountains of food, all the usual crew turned up before we downed a few Pink's stapped on the high heels and braved the sun. We were ready for the Picnic Races! Unfortunately, no one had much luck in the winning department but we all had lots of fun. When the running races started I had consumed just enough champagne to think it was worth entering so I kicked off my heels and headed for the starting line. We ended up running the race twice, yes someone decided to break and due to the SCORCHING hot ground I ended up with a ginormous blood blister on my toe- opps. That ... read more
Guest chef
Mia and I out the front
Kellie arrives with the goods

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Derby September 25th 2011

Camp officially began Wednesday morning but of course nothing school work related really got done before that. I was just as excited as the kids and when the bus rolled out of Derby; I felt sure it was going to be a great trip. Our accomodation was St. Mary's High School rec room floor. It sounds horrible sleeping in one room with 20 children but it was a fabulous bonding time. We spent a total of 4 hours at Cable Beach learning (term used loosely as the instructor was hopeless) 2 sessions later and most of the kids were able to stand up by the end of it. They thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, as did I. The other activities we planned were also embraced whole heartedly by the class. The Amazing Race through Broome Boulevard Shopping ... read more
Cool dudes
Lolly sucking comp

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