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November 23rd 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I must share an experience we had in Mt Isa.

As a child growing up in the 60's we learnt about the School of the Air formed to help children who live on outback stations, get an education. Back in those days it was done via long distance radio.

Last week we had the good fortune to sit through a science class held in the School of air.
The teacher has 2 computers - one is a blackboard and the other is their daily lesson. The teacher was conducting an experiment and it was unbelievable the enthusiam displayed by the children.
One of the children lives on a property that is 220,000,000 acres. No wonder he can't get to school on time - his motorbike (not horses anymore) runs out of fuel.

I must say I truly admire these dedicated teachers who have to conduct the same lesson 3 times a day to reach all the children. Lessons are prepared and posted in 2 week blocks and even assignments are completed.

To say i was excited is an understatement. Only in Australia would they come up with a solution to the tyranny of distance.

Two maybe three times a year the education department pays for them to come together for sporting gatherings and also to go on school camps.

I just wanted to share this time with you.

I got to sit in the magic chair.

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KLEONIKI 11/28/2010 5:41PM


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WILSLM70 11/23/2010 6:01PM

    What a great experience.. Thank you for sharing

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GOANNA2 11/23/2010 7:30AM

    How exciting Georgia.
I love you in the chair you
could easily have been the teacher.
Hope you had a great holiday.

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JSTBKOZ 11/23/2010 6:29AM

    Thankyou for sharing your awesome experience.

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LINDYPAINTS 11/23/2010 6:21AM

    Sounds like a fantastic experience! emoticon

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1THING 11/23/2010 6:19AM

    I have read many books about life in/on the outback. Thanks for sharing real life experiences. emoticon

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November20th 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Finally a rest day from all the travelling we have been doing.
When we left home on the 10th Nov we drove during the night and all we had was rain, rain, and more rain. After driving all night and most of the next day we arrived in Eungella National Park. We drove up a mountain and became one with the clouds. Clouds that poured so heavily with rain. After checking in to a loively cabin, we did have a very small gap in the rain to go to the park and look arround. But the rain came and we were housebound.
The next day we made tracks north and joined the Overlanders Highway. What a long and magnifiecent drive it was.
The scenery just kept changing and changing. We finally reached Mt Isa after a nother long day but it was worth it. The rocky outcrops, the cliffs, the sandy soil, the small country communities.

The list is endless. We stayed in Mt Isa for 2 nights and drove around the city (being a mining town nothing much to see). They have a lovely lookout that looks over the lights of the city to the bright lights of the mine.
A bit on the rough side Too.

On the next leg of our journey we travelled even further distances between ciivilasion.
We always start out early soi had a chance to do a sunrise photo to share with you.

We stopped at small towns (some with only a handful of buildings. Took photos and drove on.
Windmills to bring the bore water to the surface were everywhere

We arrived at the border of Queensland and New South Wales and did the touristy thing of taking photos with the border poster.

Another 3 hours and we reached Tennant Creek. Red soil, excessive heat and some very intoxicated people. Noisy and quite frightening to say the least. We drove out to a sacred site called the Pebbles. Sacred indigenous site for women. Truly magnificent and peaceful.

So now that is enough to whet your appetites.
Unfortunately all this driving and lack of exercise is beginning to make its presence known.


Still have more mileage before the trip is over.
Now we have to contend with flooded creeks and maybe some road closures.

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WAN2BHIKING 12/7/2010 4:55PM

    I am finally getting around to reading your blogs! What a wonderful adventure!

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JSTBKOZ 11/23/2010 6:33AM

    Wow Georgia, what a wonderful experience. The photos are terrific.

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DOWNPORT 11/21/2010 12:14PM

    Love the photos! You are having a great adventure!

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MUMSKI 11/21/2010 10:24AM

    Wow! sounds like your having a great adventure Georgia. Loved looking at all your pictures. My daughter toured Australia, so I shall ask her if she has been to any of these places. Safe journey back.


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GERIPAL 11/21/2010 9:18AM

    Georgia, The photo's are so beautiful. What a wonderful adventure for you and DH. Thank you for sharing them with us all!!!

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MISSMITSY 11/21/2010 5:26AM

    Gorgeous pics, glad you're having a wonderful trip...

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DEE797 11/20/2010 11:24AM

    What lovely photos. Your words make you feel like we are on the trip with you. ENJOY!

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TURTLE24 11/20/2010 9:31AM

    Georgia, How neat! Love the pictures as well. have a safe drive back. Lolly

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ANDREWRACE24111 11/20/2010 6:14AM

  Sounds like your having a blast... I wish I was travelling as well. I've always wanted to go round america but so far have only travelled europe.... hope you enjoy your trip !

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GOANNA2 11/20/2010 5:24AM

    Wow, a magnificent trip and I just love your descriptions.
Makes me feel as though I am there too.

Have a safe trip back.
Anna emoticon

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Weekend Away

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Here are some photos from a lovely weekend away. Got to use my woinderful new toy.

Water lilly at mapleton

Beautiful Fungi at the Kondalilla National Park

here I am with my camera, tripod and groovy knee pads. Note how my DH did not warn me that my prized possession were very prominent in the photo.

Gardners' Falls - a very pretty place and not much effort to get to.

The falls at the rockpool at Kondalilla National park.

Houseboat at Coochin Creek.

What an amazing weekend. Non stop movement, hiking, walking, taking photos.

Wish it was like that everyday.


PS I am lucky to have such a kind and caring husband who spoilt me all weekend.

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KLEONIKI 11/28/2010 5:39PM

    Your photos are excellent! Never mind the pads..

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IONA72 10/5/2010 3:55PM

    Sounds like a great weekend, lovely photos.

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MUMSKI 10/2/2010 2:55AM

    Wow! what great photos. where these taken with a new toy or was it an old toy come out to play?

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MISSMITSY 9/28/2010 6:39AM

    Wow beautiful photos!!

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GOANNA2 9/26/2010 5:38PM

    So glad you had a great time.
The photos are beautiful.
Have a great week.
Good on you Barry... emoticon

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CATHYG7 9/26/2010 4:20PM

    Georgia, the photos are beautiful! But not as lovely as the woman who took them! You are truly an amazing woman and you deserved to have a wonderful peaceful time! Hugs!

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GEORGIAK25 9/26/2010 3:29PM

    Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments. I am blessed and never forget it for a minute.

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DEE797 9/26/2010 12:58PM

    What beautiful pictures. So glad you and dh had a nice time. You definitely deserve to be spoiled! ENJOY!

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MKPRINCESS007 9/26/2010 10:59AM

    Georgia, these pictures are beautiful! I am so glad you got some relaxing and regrouping time.......I know you needed it.

Carry that peace and joy with you all week! :)

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DOWNPORT 9/26/2010 8:31AM

    Wonderful photos Georgia! Loved seeing them! You well deserve to be spoiled - am glad you had such a great weekend!

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JSTBKOZ 9/26/2010 8:08AM

    If anyone deserves to be spoiled it is you. Thanks for spoiling us with those amazing photos.

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RIDLEYRIDER 9/26/2010 7:29AM

  Great pics! Who doesn't love being spoiled once in a while?!

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MILLYMOUSE1 9/26/2010 7:09AM

    Beautiful photos and scenery. you were very lucky your DH spoiled you, I tell them I'm spoilable

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September 21st 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Finally I have released the stress. When people do one last thing that breaks the camel's back, well they have and in doing so have freed me from the stress.
Maybe I will have relapses and maybe not. But I have learned many valuable lessons along the way.
Thank God for my faith and my wonderful Sparks friends who have gotten me through.

Hopefully now the laughter can return.


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HOCKEY47 9/21/2010 7:46PM

    Georgia, we understand what is making your life hell but we are here to listen and you can vent.

You just keep telling yourself "this will pass" emoticon

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WAN2BHIKING 9/21/2010 3:10PM

    You are doing great dealing with a tremendously painful situation! Hugs to you!

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LOOSEIT57 9/20/2010 7:45PM

    Think positive and try not to stress it is not good for us, I try to think of good things and say to myself it will all turn out the way it should and it has been mapped out for us so what will be will be and all the stressing in the world will not change things so why make ourselves miserable.

Take Care


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DEE797 9/20/2010 7:38PM

    Georgia, glad to hear you have given the stress the boot. emoticon Now it is time for you to concentrate on doing what makes you happy. YOU GO GIRL! emoticon

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GOANNA2 9/20/2010 7:37PM

    So happy to hear taht. It is still hard I know but you yourself have
taken the first step. You are a hero...

It is good to hear that you will start to let the sunshine in and learn
to smile again. You deserve it.
Anna emoticon emoticon

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GEORGIAK25 9/20/2010 5:34PM

    Long story but I have now decided to put it in the past.
Has eaten me up for too long. Enough to say certain family members.

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MKPRINCESS007 9/20/2010 4:26PM

    Georgia.........I must know.......who did what that was the straw that broke the camel's back? I am so intrigued to know how that could relieve your stress. It sounds like a mystery novel!

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August 11th 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I have had such a wonderful day today and wanted to share with you all.

Now some of you will read this and think small things amuse small minds - so be it.

A friend of mine is house sitting in the country close to where her son works. Today we decided to visit her. She took us to where he works.

He works in a processing plant for carrots.

Now I had no idea how much work is involved in bringing the humble carrot from the farm to the table.

They are picked, washed for quite some time to remove most of the mud and rocks. Then put on a processing line and washed and washed and cleaned and then washed again. After going through many conveyor belts of washing and grading and washing again they are suited into sizes and all qualities. Finally after being checked they are bagged and processed ready for the supermarket etc.

Honestly I had no idea at all how much work is involved. And what do the farmers get - a pittance of what the supermarkets get. Oh what a shame after all the hard work and uncomfortable working conditions. (low temperatures and lots of cold water)

I am grateful to our hard working farmers.

So next time I eat the humble carrot I will remeber the hard work that went into getting it ready for my table.

Hope you enjoyed reading about my very different day.


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GOANNA2 8/11/2010 5:26PM

    Great blog. Thanks for that and yes we must remember how poorly the farmers are rewarded for their hard work.

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TURTLE24 8/11/2010 12:02PM

    Thanks for the blog Georgia. It reminds us of what it takes to enjoy what we sometimes take for granted.

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DOODERQUEEN 8/11/2010 10:38AM

    Great blog!

We all need to remember where our food comes from, the work involved, the various hands that touch it to get it to our table.

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JSTBKOZ 8/11/2010 8:24AM

    My mothers family were farmers. We spent about a week each year on the farm. Lots of work in deed. It seemed like any money was tied up in equipment.

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