Gone fishin’…..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s the catch of the day – woof!!


We dug this!

Rendelsham is a little town between Beachport and Millicent, on the Limestone Coast, and on the outskirts of the town is a monument to the work of the SE Drainage Scheme.  It seems that in the early days that the land was under water each winter, and that stopped farmers from using the land as they wanted, so they dug lots of channels to drain the water from the paddocks.  There’s a really good video that explains all about it.

Mr. Ted wanted to know if there were any fish in the water…. but we didn’t see any.  Or anyone fishing, but down the road is a sign saying “no fishing from the bridge” so perhaps there might be some about.

Peaceful flowAll looks nice and calm from here, but don’t be deceived!

At the NeckBoy did this churn!

Before and afterYou can see both aspects from here.  It’s the place called “Narrow  Neck”

Read all about itIt was time for Mr. Ted and me and Enivea to read all about this place.

The SE SchemeMapSE Drainage boardNarrow neckSeems to me there’s been an awful lot of digging going on!

Getting a rideThe equipment that was used to build the drain isn’t very big is it.  Maybe men worked harder in those days.

ScoopThis is a scoop – I don’t think it’s very big really is it…..

Hey Fred look at thisThen Mr. Ted called me over to look at the screw pile.

Sniffing the screw pileIt was a bit like a really really big screw!

Looking eastMr. Ted found his way to up on top of a big rock where there’s a map to show us where we are.

We are hereThat’s a nice sort of a map – one that doesn’t have to be folded up again – cos we know they NEVER fold up properly again do they!

MonumentBoth at the monumentDon’t you think I look pretty good posing at the monument? This is my serious look.

The WetlandsThis is where all that water goes to – Lake Frome and the Rivoli Wetlands.

You can see more photos of the Wetlands on Eremophila’s Musings.

Of course, you know I was only kidding when I said we dug this 🙂 Woof!

We’re back!!

After a long hiatus, our travels have recommenced!  Please welcome my new friend Mr. Ted – woof!  He loves traveling around with Enivea and me, and even gets to ride in E’s backpack on long walks.

Just recently, we took advantage of a sunny winter’s day, and explored the old gaol at Robe, on South Australia’s Limestone Coast.

“Constructed in 1860/61 at a cost of 1959 pounds ($3918). Only half of the original design was constructed for male prisoners. A duplicate half on the southern side of the main entrance was to be built at a later date for female prisoners. The gaol remained open until 1870 when it was closed for a short period. it reopened in 1872 and remained open until 1881 when it was finally closed.”

At Gaol 1The Gaoler lived on site, with his rooms at the entrance to the gaol.

At Gaol 2The cells.

At Gaol 3Just imagine these walls going up…. and up…. and being locked up – horrible!

At Gaol 4Mr. Ted isn’t happy with the thought of spending time in a cell.

At Gaol 5But then it was time to get some exercise!


At Gaol 6This was much more fun – I think it went to Mr. Ted’s head!

Underground tankThe water was stored here.  Even this far south it can get hot in summer and water is important.

At Gaol 7This deep dark place was where the men…. er… um… did their business, if you know what I mean…

Earth ClosetA bit embarrassing…….

Way OutHere Mr. Ted is pointing to the way out – we’d rather spend the night curled up next to the fire at home.

LighthouseIn the distance you can see the new lighthouse. It keeps ships from running aground on the reefs.

Before that lighthouse was built, the Obelisk was what the sailors used as a marker.  It could be seen 20 miles out to sea.

Robe ObeliskThe Obelisk is a short walk from the Gaol. Pay it a visit if you can, because one day the sea will reclaim it and it will only then be a memory.

We all had a great day out enjoying the sunshine, and exploring the history of Robe – hope you did too – woof!

A wonderfully thoughtful post.

This Little Light

A few quotes:

“From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king.”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
― Lao Tzu

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
― Mahatma GandhiAll Men are Brothers: Autobiographical Reflections

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”
― Napoleon Bonaparte

There is great wisdom in each of these proverbs; however, it’s this last one I find eminently relevant.

Probably there is not one of us who hasn’t at one time felt the crushing blow of failing health, broken relationships, dreams that refuse to be caught, or simply that turmoil…

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Listen to the Moosic

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Another great article from two amazing women!


Did you know that July 11, 1987 was the very first “World Population Day”? [1]   World Population Day was designed  “to track world population and bring light to population growth trends and issues related to it”.  That year, the world’s population was 5 billion – a result of about 200,000 years of population growth – and 24 years later, we had added 2 billion more.  Now 150 babies are being born every minute and the United Nations forecasts world population to reach 9 billion people by 2050.

I think you can easily google all the nightmare scenarios that this crushing population burden can have on our lives.  One question which continues to be very controversial is how we’re going to feed 9 billion people, when today nearly 1 billion people don’t have enough food to eat. The United Nations warns that food production needs to increase by 70% in order…

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Ma Divine Bovine

Cowboys and music and mustering

Just to get you into the mood….

Sally and I had fun out in another paddock, checking out the mob of cows and calves –  or were they checking US out?  It started like this….

Hey look Fred, there’s some cows – let’s have some fun!

Yes Sally, I see them, good view from up here thanks!

Right, let’s go get them!

I guess we’d better check both ways first.

Gee whiz, there’s more coming up behind us!

I think we’re being surrounded!!!

At least these two are behaving Fred.

Yep, and these mums have got their calves under control too.

Holy Cow!  There’s Toby!

He’s looking right at us – grrrr!

Don’t worry Fred, I’ll deal with this.

This is how it’s done Fred, quite simple really when you know how.

And that’s the point of it all!

Now here’s a little beastie after my own heart!

Meanderings Abound

September is the perfect time to visit the local apple orchard. The air is crisp and clear putting one in the mood for long walks and tart apples!

So off I went to Wilson’s Apple Orchard, to partake of deliciously fresh apples. Of course, there are many distractions at the orchard, other than apples.

A trip to the apple orchard is a great way to spend the afternoon, and there are so many things that you can make with your freshly picked treasures. Check out my spicy apple chutney recipe, or my red rice salad with apricots, and try substituting apples in place of the apricots.

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Fred goes mustering.

Woof woof everyone!  I’m back!  Sorry I’ve been away for so long, but I’ve been really busy helping Enivea and Sally get through a tough winter.  Now it’s Spring, and we’ve all moved into a wonderful new place and are really enjoying ourselves!

Here’s what we did today…..Sally and I that is, and Enivea tagged along as official photographer.  She likes doing that.

We’re off to do some mustering!  Gee up Sally!

Daisy was pointing out which way to go…… but it was a little confusing……..

We checked out both paddocks.

Sally said ” Come on Fred, they’re not in that paddock.”

“Fred  never believes me, I’ll just keep on eating while until he realises I’m right”  said Sally

Hey Sally, look what I found!!!!!!!!

Golly, they are catching up fast!

Those legs are much longer than mine!

Here they come – so fast they are ruffling up their feathers!   Better not come any closer though!  Grrrrrr!

There you are Enivea, Sally and I saved you from the emus!♥    They are off to the forest now.  Woof woof woof!!!