I've officially moved!
But not to Sydneytown as originally planned, but to Alice Springs in the very heart Central Australia.
|Formally living on the East Coast below Brisbane, |
now living in the 'Red Centre', Alice Springs
Just 30,000 people call Alice Springs home, which is most certainly a culture-shock for a city lover like myself. No longer do I have access to cocktail bars or twenty-four hour coffee shops.. 'The Alice' boasts a much slower pace & a relaxing lifestyle which, from the surface, might seem a touch boring.
I however, will be seeking out fun nights, well mixed drinks & of course Antiques whilst I'm here. After all, a town founded in 1872 must have a few dust-covered relics for me to find!
Unfortunately for me, it's not all sunshine and daisy's! Over the past week, I have been bitten by a nasty redback spider, had a much larger spider run across my hand whilst washing dishes, found an infestation of mice in our house and caught a severe virus... Not to mention the other bugs. I'm considering it a form of hazing that the outback likes to inflict on us 'city types' & it's not going to discourage me just yet.
I've also seen some beautiful birds in our yard! Kingfishers, magpie-larks (peewee's), desert finch, green finch, doves, princess parrots and more... They're very cute indeed and work well to rid the garden of bugs & moths.
During my obligatory pre-move research on the town I came across these few pictures. Whilst the town itself is much larger than during the 50's and 60's, there is still a close-knit vibe & of course the scenery remains the same too.
|Old Halls Creek Hotel - Cliff Sherry (policeman) - Walter Darcey, Ruby Plains - Ken Cameron, Flora Valley - Gordon Buchanan, grandson of Nat (Bluey) Buchanan - Drover, overlander, explorer - couple of local ringers |
|Waterloo station.... open camp drafting bullocks for overland droving trip to Queensland |
|Aerial photo - Traeger Park in centre - Todd River at bottom.|
|Alice Springs Trucking Yards Cattle Sale - Rail Wagons in foreground and Road Train Transports in background. |
|RAAF - Canberra Bomber - Alice Springs Airport |
|Alice Springs trucking yards - Burning carcases during drought |
|Old ghan croosing finke river. approximately 3 miles south of Finke township.|
|Alice Springs Memorial Club concert, Patrick Thomas conducting. |