Friday, 20 March 2009

A wonderful time away!

Last week, Kim Tonnet and I (along with my husband) drove down to Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia, to attend a scrapbooking retreat organised by some long term internet friends. It seems pretty crazy to drive over 4700 km round trip to scrap and stamp with "strangers", but we'd do it again in a heartbeat! Both the journey there and back and the weekend retreat itself were a fantastic experience.

Thanks very much to all the girls who made us so welcome, we all had a great time. Here are a few photos of the trip, we drove via Cobar and Broken Hill on the way there, and Renmark and Gundagai on the way back, so we covered a large chunk of NSW and SA along the way. The variety of scenery (and the varying effects of the drought) were fascinating. The last time I headed west of Cobar, I was about 10 years old, and I still remember the emptyness and dust. This time though, there had been good rains recently, and the country was looking great! And the Murrumbidgee and Murray irrigation areas, normally lush and green, were dry and barren due to lack of rain and irrigation water allocation. It really makes you appreciate the hardships of agricultural life.
Between the SA border and Yunta, we experienced a huge storm and flash flooding, and the photo of the road and of us following hot on the heels of a Road Train truck show how much water there was! The last floodway crossing would have been impossible on our own as the water level was too high, but the truck created a brief 'bow wave' for us to drive in.

We saw many oversized things being transported, from large sheds to mining equipment, but this huge truck was my favourite. Other photos show the road house at Cockburn, on the SA/NSW border, and a stubble field on coastal Eyre Peninsula. Hope you enjoy looking at my holiday snaps!

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