Saturday, 25 April 2009

ANZAC DAY in Meekatharra

ANZAC stands for Australian & New Zealand Army Corps. The Anzac service is held at Dawn on the 25th April every year.

It is a time to reflect on all those who have contributed to protect our countries throughout the various wars.

Our Veterans hold the service at Paddy's flat and cook a great trench breakfast for who ever shows. Condsidering our towns population is small there was a huge turnout today, it's one of the few times I get to catch up with people.

I love seeing them in their uniforms and wearing their medals, makes me proud & grateful.
While I was waiting for breakfast I glanced over to a table full of past photos/reports/medals and bit & pieces.

I love aircraft of any sort, so I scanned through all the photos, saw some wrecks and then I spotted an article.
I sat down & read this piece that was written by one of the soliders before, during & after they were ambushed.
Apparently it was common to be ambused at night.

The writing was so descriptive that I felt I was there in the trench beside him.
He spoke of the fear giving dry mouth, the scenery, stepping on others toes as they marched quietly and quickly through the jungle. Anyone reading it would be affected in some way.
This article was dedicated to a young 19yr solider that was shot in the back that night.

It was a prefect read for the enviroment I was in this morning. ANZAC is a time to remember those that never came home.

I will finish with this.
They shall not grow old
As we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn,

At the going down of the sun,
And in the morning,
We will remember them.

A period of 2 minutes silence

Least We Forget.

To those that gave there lives so that I could have mine............THANK YOU

Friday, 24 April 2009

Solve a Problem finally I solved my own

I am part of 31 days to build a better blog and day 16 task is "Solve a Problem".

I decided to solve my own simple problem on using Tweeter.
The simple things are usually what set me back and I am ever so grateful for those out there in blogger land for their helpful advice.

I didn't know how to reply to tweeters or shorten urls

each program I join has so much to learn from, but finally thanks to Darren Rowse and his I am finally able to interact with those that I am following.

If you want to learn more on how to Blog Darren has been extremly helpful and for those of you allowing fear of making errors hold you back, go and have a look at others who are begining and you'll see that you are not alone.

the "31 days to build a better blog challenge" is at

enjoy your day

Notes from the Universe

Tuesday, 21 April 2009


I was searching other blogs for topics that relate to the 3 Emus I have in my backyard, when I came across a blog post on Quandongs.

I was informed that Quandongs are Emus favourite food. So I need to know what the plant/tree looks like.
After reading the post I am inspired to add it to my food forest, Apparently they grow naturally around me.

It sounds like the type of fruit I'd like to eat, so the Emus will have to learn to share.

It is beautifully presented and provides tips on it's uses.

If you are like me and are unsure what they look like follow this link to the blog
Quandong Fruit in the Outback


Friday, 10 April 2009

15 Tips for travelling in the Outback of Australia

Generally you want most if not all of these items when travelling on the long lonely roads which we have in the outback.
To give you an idea of distances, My nearest towns’ are 110kms South, 420kms North, 530kms West & 200kms East and not much in between, very little shade and no refreshment stands.

Most of the Australian Outback has conditions that require forethought.

Here are 15 helpful hints to have the best travelling experience in the Outback

1 - Tell someone of your travel plans before you go.

2 - Phone main roads for road conditions ie: (138 138 ) for Western Australia.

3 - Have a reliable vehicle. Always service your vehicle before your journey, check tyres & spares, Keep windscreen clean & clear. Our roads are very long & straight, mirages are common and so is our wildlife.

4 - Carry plenty of water, water for your vehicle, your Pet & per person allowance, and always carry more for that extra person whom you come across, that maybe stuck.
I have used my supplies of water to limp a car home with a leaking radiator, some 600kms away.
A roo jumped in front of the car damaging the radiator and no I wasn’t driving, truth is it wouldn’t have mattered who drove, it happens to the best of us. If you have a solid vehicle it is best to drive straight through. It can be very dangerous if you try to swerve them. The headlights tend to dazzle & cause distortion, senses get confused and so it is not uncommon for kangaroos’ or Emus to turn around and go in the opposite direction.

5 - reading material, if your vehicle has problems, you won’t be using any electrics and so something that does not require power, would be helpful to pass the waiting time.

6 - Portable AM/FM radio & batteries. To listen to weather or road conditions.

7 - 2 to 3 days worth of food: Packet crackers, long life milk, canned food in case of an emergency.

8 - First Aid kit, a roll of crepe bandage for snake bite, asthma spray, stinging relief, Brown paper bag, Ice pack and the usual items you would normally carry.

9 - Tool kit- with the general tools & these extras. Jumper leads, pocket knife, tape, small 10 by 4 trap (for water crossings) ,tyre compressor or hand/foot pump, a spare battery can be very helpful especially if you use a car fridge.

10 - Recovery Kit, You’ll want something to Jack up the vehicle, so a good jack is a must. Tree huggers, a few D shackles, a bit of chain and the usual recovery gear. You can never have too much rope either, Rope that can be used to splice into a tow rope or to tie up a shelter.

11 - Spare tyre: preference 2, there are many dirt roads and terrain that you may not be familiar with. It is not unusual to have an incident. Always check your tyres before the trip and keep an eye on them throughout your journey, the roads get very hot.

12 - Map – Even if you have never read a map before, if stuck, you can at least head to a road or a water source. However be aware if you see water holes or windmills that are marked on the map. These days they are not guaranteed as most have been disabled or filled in.

13 - Compass more so than a GPS, GPS’s are not always reliable, especially in cloudy or unusual weather. If you had no direction the compass will always show you North or Magnetic North. Remember, to step away from your vehicle when using a compass.

14 - Carry a Swag , Generally Fatigue is a big issue. Pull over if you are getting tired and have a cat nap, Swags are very comfortable under such conditions.
Or pull over, walk around the vehicle, have a drink & refresh yourself.

15 - Carry rubbish bags. The outback is used by wildlife & many travellers. Always carry your litter with you and dispose when possible.

Keep Australia Clean !

If ,you are ever stuck in the Outback. There are several things you should know.
* Never go away from the vehicle. When there is a search for a missing person the vehicle is usually the first thing found.
* If an aeroplane is searching for you, use your revision mirror or mobile phone to reflect the sun towards the aircraft, not into the pilot’s eyes, this makes for easy spotting. It is very hard to visually see a person on the ground. Stand in a clearing and if possible wear colours that would stand out from a distance.
* If you do walk away from the vehicle, leave a sign as to what direction you are going and try to stay on a road. Generally the roads are investigated first.
*Never go on closed roads, you may be fined. Roads are closed for many reasons follow the signs. *Don’t panic. If, you have the supplies & resources in your vehicle, as suggested. You, have 2 to 3 days to work with.

When travelling Act responsibly !!!

Thursday, 9 April 2009

The Law of Non Resistance

I was speaking with a teenager the other day and suggested using advice from this law to deal with a number of situations around them at the time.

Many leaders of the world used the "law of non resistance" which had much influence on long term relationships and success.

"If I have made my enemies my friend then I have no enemies"
well you gotta agree, It's pretty good advice.

Bob Proctor & Mary Morrissey give many examples of how others have used this law to help people help themselves.

Great Outback material : )

If you want to listen to a sample of Bob Proctor about some of these laws go to
it has a free teleseminar.