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Posted in The Spirit of Australia with tags , , , , on February 13, 2009 by Dean

Bush Poet

Bush Scribe

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The Spirit of Australia – Eight of 8ight

Two hundred posts and 200 images. A milestone has been achieved… Does anyone care LOL?

The final image in this weeks series of 8ight. “The Spirit of Australia.”

Anonymous Bush Poet. A scribed verse to a loved one left behind in the desert on a corrugated iron shed somewhere in the outback.

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Posted in The Spirit of Australia with tags , , , on February 12, 2009 by Dean
Test

If you go down to the woods today

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The Spirit of Australia – Seven of 8ight

You just may be in for a big surprise!

Whilst looking for a suitable image for todays penultimate ‘Spirit of Australia’ theme I came across this one. Taken a few years ago during a 4WD trip on the North coast of NSW.

Big Downunder! It’s a common theme with many tacky oversized fibre glass monoliths designed to attract the tourist dollar littered all over the place. There’s the Big Merino, Big Lobster, Big Bannana, Big Pineapple to name but a few. But this one designed by mother nature is made from solid rock!
Part of the spirit of the country is that Australians can see the funny side in most things. They can laugh at each other without getting too upset. Lets face it we could all do with a laugh at the moment.

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Posted in The Spirit of Australia with tags , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by Dean

Regenerate

Regenerate

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The Spirit of Australia – Six of 8ight

This picture was taken not from the tragedy in Victoria but rather after a bit of backburning by our volunteer bush fire brigade here in the far north of Queensland last year. I call it ‘Regenerate.’
I’m biased it’s my picture but I love the tone of the sky  and how the majestic gum tree is still standing resolute.

It rather sums up the spirit of Australia at the moment. The whole country is pulling together as one and if they ever catch those bastards responsible for lighting the fires then we will quite easy pull in opposite directions too. A limb, head or organ for each state! Victoria gets first dibs.

Before the fire has died down and even before the smoke has cleared the whole of Australia is helping those in need. This morning our little town of 65 and a few dogs raised $1751 towards the bush fire appeal. It didn’t take much organising or planning it just happened. We baked, we came, we ate, we gave. So many cakes baked and loaves of bread buttered thick. A morning tea. fit for a king. Milk, no sugar.
Good on ya mate.
We sure dug deep for those bloody Mexicans south of the border.

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Posted in The Spirit of Australia with tags , , on February 10, 2009 by Dean
The Spirit of Australia

The Spirit of Australia

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The Spirit of Australia – Five of 8ight

Sadly it’s not hard to imagine what life was like for poor young Thora Gallagher and her pioneering family way back then. The town was only eight years old when she died.

What hardness they had to endure. No doctor in town. No electricity, sanitation or running water. The mail service if any would certainly have been spasmodic.  I bet the whole town would have been cut off during the wet season. There wouldn’t have been any internet or mobile phone service either. Heaven knows what illnesses they suffered through mosquitoe bites. Dengue fever no doubt? I often wondered how these pioneers coped living up here with limited supplies and resources. Imagine trying to survive especially without a ready supply of fresh food.

Yes it is quite unthinkable. Until last week that is. Yes nothing has changed so it’s quite easy to imagine really.

Kevin Costner. Lt. John Dunbar, Dance with Wolves. He went to the Western Frontier before it disappeared.

“In the year 2008. One man and his dog accompanied by the English nurse went in search of the final frontier in Far North Queensland and found himself…”

Yes he found himself without sanitation or running water.

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Posted in The Spirit of Australia with tags , , , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by Dean

Pulling Together

Pulling Together

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The Spirit of Australia – Four of 8ight

The Spirit of Australia is being severely tested tonight with the tragic loss of life in Victoria. But I have no doubts whatsoever that the whole country will pull together and help out those who are suffering.

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Posted in The Spirit of Australia with tags , , , , on February 8, 2009 by Dean
The Dig Tree Ranger

Bomber - Dig Tree Ranger

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The Spirit of Australia – Three of 8ight

Bomber Johnson ‘The Dig Tree Ranger” a gentle giant of a man. A true gentleman and character of the bush.

Back in mid 2004 when we visited the infamous Tree he was there to greet us. The sound of Lee Kernaghan singing rather appropriately for Bomber  ‘Boys from the Bush’ drifted out from the open window of his Ute parked up outside of the Rangers wooden hut.
As we sat inside away from the heat and listened intently to his stories the true spirit of Australia shone out from the sparkle in his eyes. Pupadog his four legged assistant had obviously heard them many times before so was content to escape the flies and sleep beneath his masters Ute.

Bombers eyes had not dimmed with age but grew misty as he told us stories of the bush and of lost love. His childhood sweetheart wouldn’t leave her home and Bomber wouldn’t leave Nappa Merrie the station on which the Dig tree now resides. So that was that.
Bomber hears a vehicle approach with more guests long before we do. We leave him to it with the promise that he will drop by our campsite later with some firewood. True to his word he does.

Burke & Wills Dig Tree

Following in their footsteps

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Posted in The Spirit of Australia with tags , , , , , , on February 7, 2009 by Dean

A hard road

A hard road

The Road goes ever on and down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can. Pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And whither then I cannot say. J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Spirit of Australia – Two of 8ight

Not too sure about the eager feet bit. Its Bloody hot out there!
No I suggest that we replace ‘eager feet’ with ‘Land Rover Defender.’ Yes that’s a much better idea, we may as well travel in comfort after all. Well as comfortable as a Defender can be that is.