It’s about a two hour boat trip to get to our special weekend destination. I climb in the boat, a little apprehensive that I’ll be sleeping in the heat with snakes and mozzies in themiddle of nowhere,but apart from that we are all really looking forward to this trip.
Well we have just left our home on wheels behind. We were meant to leave yesterday from Drysdale Station, expecting the council to finally open the final stretch of road to Kalumburu Catholic Mission only to find that they said it may take up to three weeks. Mmmm what to do?
After many phone calls from the fridge (public phone is in the fridge) and managing to secure a council road permit in one day instead of three. We decided to leave our caravan behind and set off, packed up in the ute for up to three weeks.
Hi, Sorry to do this as a group email but it’s the only way I can think of to keep in contact for the moment. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day.
It’s been an interesting week and a half. The place here is beautiful and has loads of character. The horses, crocodiles, wild cattle, buffalo and being surrounded by the Arnhem Land communities makes this place seem in another world. With a 5-6 hour round trip to Woolies and hardware, I guess it is.
5:50am Wake up. Smoke everywhere.
6:00am Queue for the loo. Mustering camp here, 20 people in 2 loos, Yay!
6:50am Breakfast (coconut yoghurt and roasted almonds)
7:00am Start painting.
Arrived home late last night after a 7 hour drive from Darwin airport….dropping the kids off to go back to school.
Woke up this morning and opened the blind to see black everywhere over the fence. The paddock in front of our little travelling home was all burnt out. I thought that there must have been back burning while we were away as the fires have been burning all around us lately. But after speaking with one of the fencers, the fire had started on its own, only about half an hour after we had left to go to Darwin.
He said an ember must have floated over into the paddock from the other fires or jumped over a fire break somewhere. Within an hour the hay shed went up in flames with about $20,000 worth of hay in it, the whole paddock around it went up in flames and the corner of the homestead was on fire.