Saturday, May 15, 2010
Teaching in the Outback
I am so lucky that, as a quilting tutor, I travel to the most incredible places to teach.
This week I am in the far west of Australia at Carnarvon and Gascoyne Junction and above is the sunset over the ocean as I flew up to Carnarvon
This is the Gascoyne River - yes it really is a river. At the moment the water is all underground but still supports many plantations which surround the area. All sorts of tropical fruit and vegetables are grown here and I have eaten some magnificent bananas and grapes while here.
Here are the flood markings and the old bridge which wasn't high enough to cope with the floods when they do happen.
Carnarvon was the site for this satellite disk which was used in the moon landing but is now just a landmark
I was a bit nervous when asked to come out to Gascoyne Junction which is two hours inland from Carnarvon which is another two hour flight north from Perth to teach a group of station wives. For my overseas visitors - a station is more than a farm. When we added up the sizes of the 6 stations we counted over 3 million acres! They run cattle and sheep up here and to look at - the landscape is harsh and flat and DRY! There has not been much rain here for a long time.
We stayed/worked/ate at the local hall which has recently been renovated to include a modern kitchen and bathrooms so although we slept in the hall we were certainly comfortable.