Wednesday Wonder: It is a wide brown land in which we live

Happy New Year to all, wishing you a wonderful crafty 2014.

I think this gum blossom could be a great template for a thread painting exercise

I think this gum blossom could be a great template for a thread painting exercise

After three weeks spent driving from one side of the country to the other, and then back again, I am trying to get my thoughts back into work mode this week without much success.

a view of the Great Australian bite from the edge of the nullabour

A view of the Great Australian bite from the edge of the nullarbor

I’ve driven across the Nullarbor many times  but I always forget how far it is between towns, and localities, and just how far it is in kilometres from one side of the country to the other.  

Flat country as far as the eye can see

Flat country as far as the eye can see

(We drove 7,800+ kilometres from door to door, & back, leaving home on 19 December & arriving back on 12 January)

How do these trees survive on the edge of a salt lake?

How do these trees survive on the edge of a salt lake?

So I thought that the post today should be about the amazing country through which we traveled.

This sandstone sculpture in Wudinna commemorates  the contributions of Australian Farmer

This beautifully carved sandstone sculpture in Wudinna commemorates the contributions of farmer to the Australian economy

It was worth all the driving as we had a great visit with family  for Christmas, and then met up with more family at a nephew’s wedding.

We bush camped in amongst this breakaway country

We bush camped one night in among this breakaway country

In the process we were able to test the livability of a great little camper trailer along the way.

Here we are bush camping on the edge of a salt lake,

Here we are bush camping on the edge of a salt lake,

I’ve hardly picked up a needle and thread since mid December (I tell a lie … I had to repair a lost button while we were travelling … but that doesn’t really count as stitching does it?) but I think that I have collected some great photos for landscape appliques and thread painting!

The fields of wheat at the foot of the Stirling ranges remind you of how tough life must have been for the soldier settler farmers

The fields of wheat at the foot of the Stirling ranges remind you of how tough life must have been for the soldier settler farmers

But not everything was dry and brown

Eastern-rosellas-2

the birds are beautiful

The honeyeaters made the most of the water bath in this garden

The honeyeaters made the most of the water bath in this garden

and the kangaroos treated one of the caravan parks where we stayed as home.

It was 6am and the Kangaroos had already had breakfast and were getting ready for a lazy day in the shade.

It was 6am and the Kangaroos had already had breakfast and were getting ready for a lazy day in the shade.

The ocean views were stunning

The coastal views around Esperance are stunning

The water around Esperance is a vivid blue

as were the sunsets

Sunset-at-Ceduna

It makes me realise that I really should take more time away from the city to enjoy a quiet time without the telephone, computer or TV.

Not all the country is dry and brown.

Not all the country is dry and brown. The Wimmera River was a welcome sight at Dimboola

Well our next post will be back to work with some great ideas for using fabric & threads  so do subscribe or call back to this page regularly.

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10 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos ! I would like to be there !

  2. Hi Jenny – so pleased the trip went so well. Wonderful photos. The wheat fields in Stirling Ranges was stunning. Plus of course the sunset.

  3. Thanks Jenny for the great photos. I do love a beautiful sunset.
    Sue

  4. Hi Jenny, Great photos, I do love a beautiful sunset.

  5. Thank you for the great photos. I am currently living overseas, but before we moved lived not that far from your shop! Seeing photos like these makes you just a bit homesick, even though we were back at Christmas.

  6. We do live in a wonderful country, a road trip across the Nullabor is on the wish list, a long wish list at that! Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos, even the dryness has lovely colours within, and the birds so colourful. Thaks again!!

  7. Excellent, so enjoyed the trip with you in cyber space

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