Now before I start rambling on about the Outback and something I may have to send to one lucky reader … would you take a look at that new header photo. Can you believe it? This is actually the view over our Front Paddock, courtesy of our festive storm season. Look at it – green grass and clouds and if you look closely (very closely) under the tree right of centre you may make out the nine cows that currently comprise our herd. Yep, while the grass may be growing we are a long way from being drought free and in a position to restock Rocky Springs.
And because I can’t help myself here is another view over the property
But onto other matters …..
This year I have been privileged to write for R.M William’s Outback magazine, including stories on bush racing at Bundarra, the opals of Lightning Ridge, the amazing Kelly Foran from Boggabri and a pub up at Toompine.
So what exactly is the Outback? My Macquarie Dictionary defines it as “the most remote parts of the inland or back country,” but that is rather vague.
And where is this Outback? We don’t consider Rocky Springs to be Outback but I’m sure my Uncles from inner Sydney probably do. I wouldn’t even consider Lightning Ridge as Outback although it is getting closer (and my friend Hayley definitely thinks it is!).
Maybe the Outback is a relative notion. To me it is red pindan of the deserts I once worked in; big space, big sky, old country.
If you peruse the 2015 R.M William’s Outback calendar you will see photos of Commonwealth Hill sheep station in SA, a cotton crop near Dirranbandi in QLD, the red cliffs of Cape Leveque in WA, Mount Buffalo in VIC, Rapid Creek near Darwin in NT and other interpretations of the Outback.
So, Mob, for your chance to WIN A COPY of this calendar tell me below where you think the Outback is. Or, if you are one of my valued overseas readers, what is your equivalent of “the most remote parts of the inland or back country.”
All comments received before 9pm Monday 5th January (my time) will be judged and go into the running, with the winner announced on the next post.
Talk to me Mob. I’d love to hear your thoughts.