Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Long Day at the Office
I got to go with Dave on his regular Thursday run this week.
We left Katherine at 2:30am, yes, I did say a.m. As in, the morning!
We were towing 3 trailers and had a long way to go.
When we arrived at the Roper Bar Store, after many
stops and drop offs along the way,
we were informed that the road to Ngukkur was
closed to heavy vehicles. This is the same road
Dave had gotten bogged on last week, among countless
other trucks, plus a roll over of a petrol tanker.
So, we ended up having to stay overnight at Roper
to wait for people from Ngukkur to come and pick up
their freight.  By this time we were pretty tired and
glad that we would be able to sleep instead of turning
around and driving home that night.
Roper Bar Store is a store out in the middle of nowhere
that services the communities around.
It sells everything you can imagine,  at exorbitant prices,
take away food and home cooked meals.
It also has a 'motel' that consists of air conditioned
dongas, toilet/shower blocks, bbq area (which surprisingly,
if you stand in exactly the right spot, you can get
mobile phone reception), a pool, a payphone (I suppose it works),
a kitchenette and dining room with tv (conveniently
propped up by 2 milk crates and a paint tin as the shelf is
obviously not up to the task)

So, Dave and I were well looked after and got a nice
home cooked meal for tea, bacon and egg roll and coffee
for brekky, and even a packed lunch when we left, plus cold drinks.
Not too mention a decent nights sleep of 8 hours!!
That's a whole lot more than usual at home!
Here's a couple of shots of interest.
Taking a fully assembled chemical shed off the trailer
Dave dropping off the mail at a station along the way.
We laugh about doing the mail run in a triple road train.
But, he actually does do the mail run like this.
Dry season is approaching and the dust covers everything.
The trees take on a whole new colour scheme.
Anyway, we arrived home in Katherine, back at the depo at
4:30 pm on Friday. The girls had the house all spic and span
and hadn't missed us at all :)
I missed my piano though. Had to fit a fair bit of playing
in to unwind from the long trip.
And that my friends, is a very shortened version
of another day in Dave's office!
(minus the long waits, frustrations, manoeuvrings
of a road train in small spaces, heat and dust,
air con not working etc etc)
Interesting side note:
Did you know that the Roper River has bull
sharks, crocodiles, sting rays and a rare swordfish
swimming around in it? True, Dave and I actually saw
a shark flopping around on the bank that some locals
had just caught. They swim 140km in from the coast.
Another reason why NOT to swim in the Territory!
If the crocs don't get ya, the sharks will ! Go figure??
So, if you're ever up our way, and you want
an outback Territory experience,
Dave will take you with him for the day.
Just make sure you go prepared for anything!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Here is a video of me playing.
I am still trying to figure out how to get
the sound to work better as it's a bit tinny.
Hopefully, it gives you an idea of how
beautiful my piano sounds.
Please disregard all mistakes
as it just so happens, that as soon
as a camera is aimed at me, I mess up!
That and the fact that, I mess up anyway!
Oh, and on another note,
Dave had a big 21 hour day yesterday
and here's a couple of pictures of some of his day:)
Prime mover and both trailers bogged.
Grader came to the rescue and
pulled him out!
There was some other excitement too, but
this is enough for one day:)
Never a dull moment in the Territory.


Here is the promised video
Hope to upload a video
of playing soon, so
stay tuned.......

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Yes, my piano has finally come,
 after 3 long months of waiting.
Yamaha UX 1, and only 30 years old,
but you'd never know it!
Unbelievably beautiful in every way!
It has the most amazing sound
and looks classy too!
Needless to say, I haven't been doing much
else today but playing the piano.
Dave and Cam were able to move it in
yesterday afternoon,
so, today, the neighbours
 have been serenaded all day!
Whether they liked it or not~
I have made a video of the move up the stairs,
but unfortunately, I can't seem to upload it?
Hopefully, I'll get it sorted tomorrow and be
able to upload with a video of playing
so you can hear the wonderful sounds.
Until then, you'll have to enjoy the pictures.
Be back soon.................