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Going Once

G’Day Mob,

You would be forgiven for thinking Rocky Springs and all associated bovines, equines, canines and homo sapiens had fallen off the edge of the planet. Well, not quite, though it has been an eventful few months since I last posted way back in April.

Let me share the news with you gradually. Firstly – we have bought an opal mine!

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Australian Opal Centre

G’Day Mob,

I live a good life.

Keeping fit, staying close to nature through farming, and sharing the stories of rural Australia are three things for which I am most grateful.

This week I have indulged in all of them, starting with a hockey carnival on the weekend that saw six games, a couple of late nights and endless hours of laughter with good friends. Coming home it was straight into farm work – drafting cattle, checking paddocks and enjoying the sun on my face and a good dog by my side. Then there were a couple of interviews for my writing, which brings me in contact with extraordinary people and sees me travel to extraordinary places.

One story I was particularly proud to be a part of was on the Australian Opal Centre, published in the current edition of Outback magazine.

"A Vision Splendid"; Issue 96; Aug/Sept 2014

“A Vision Splendid”; Issue 96; Aug/Sept 2014

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The Great Western Weaner Adventure – Part One

15th April 2010

Part One: Reconnaissance: In search of the inland sea

Beyond the Great Dividing Range the Australian rivers flow west and as such the young white nation was convinced there must be a large inland sea occupying the centre of the continent. So the explorers set forth with varying ideals but with the inland sea as the core of their objectives; Gregory, Oxley, Sturt, Mitchell, Eyre, Leichhardt, Stuart, Warburton, Burke & Wills – names from our history which all too often learnt in tragedy of the myth of the inland sea. In lieu of water there was desert.

The mythical inland sea

The mythical inland sea

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