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Second day in Duaringa

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Arising at 4:30 to begin some work I go outside to an incredible stillness and peacefulness that only a country town or an isolated bush setting can produce.
Apart from the occasional truck heading down the highway and the early morning call of a Kookaburra there is a wonderful silence.
The sky is a magnificent display of starlight.

Unimpaired by city lights the heavenly show of billions of stars brings almost all who care to raise their eyes to witness it to marvel at the universe, its magnificent structure and its awesome size.

I got to thinking about a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.”

It made me think of the splendour that surrounds us every minute of every day and how we often get so enmeshed in the routines of daily life we miss the beauty in the handy work of creation.

Gazing at the stars always gives me inspiration to try my best at whatever I’m doing and encourages me to be unafraid to tackle new challenges.

This morning amid the spectacular heavenly display another quote came to mind from Mark Twain:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Breakfast time found us attending a BBQ that the local Lionesses hold every Saturday morning.
Most of our fellow travellers turned up and they sold us delicious egg and bacon muffins, sausages and juice or coffee for a cost of under $4.00 each.

The food was delicious and the local people were real characters especially Judy who introduced herself as the waitress.
She was a real card, cracking jokes, poking fun and having a great time herself.
She told us they volunteer to do this each week because they love the company and the fellowship and to raise money for things that the towns ageing population need such as shower hand holds etc.

We talked to people from all walks of life most of whom were on the road permanently or semi permanently.

After breakfast we were sitting down enjoying the morning when the group who owned the other Aussie Wides came up to us and asked if they could look at our van.

Their comment was that theirs were 3 foot longer but we had more space.

We had noticed that these other Aussie Wides had satellite tv dishes up and we made the mistake of asking what they thought of them.
They said they found them great especially out west where there is no normal tv coverage.
We asked them if they had any problems setting up and their comment was, “It’s S*@t easy.”

We said we had not been able to get ours going properly and within 5 minutes the two blokes were back with levels and spanners and angle tables.

Well, within 10 minutes almost every caravanner was there giving advice.

After 2 hours the satellite dish had been turned in every possible direction and angle and had 10 different configurations.

The crowd grew and each newcomer had some new advice that we should never do this and always do that.
Often the advice conflicted with the last suggestion.
As each “Technician” got bored with game he would drift off and the next player would have a go.

Kerrie had to leave as she was in fits of laughter and was trying not to show it.

Of course as each person left and a new one turned up I was stuck with the increasing heat, trying to keep courteous and thankful of their efforts to help.

Finally we had exhausted the technical advice of every traveller in the place and they had all made for the shade of their annexes and were sipping cold drinks and reading books while I had to pack up everything and replace all the rewired cables and re secure the satellite dish with still no reception!

In spite of this we really appreciated all the interest and help. It gives us the feeling that we are part of a community of like minded travellers that are prepared to help out whenever necessary.

We vowed we wouldn’t touch the satellite again though while there were people around and we wouldn’t even mention it.

A hot West wind has blown up this afternoon clouding the park in swirling red dust.
Sometimes the dust completely blots out the surrounding vans and trees.

Clear sky without the wind blowing

Clear sky without the wind blowing

Nothing can stop the dust getting into EVERYTHING!

Nothing can stop the dust getting into EVERYTHING!

It’s gritty we can taste it when we venture outside yet rather than dampen our spirits it seems to have done the opposite. It’s just a feature of the small towns out here and we are thouroughly enjoying it all.

We thought we would share with you a sms we got from our quick witted daughter-in-law Lacey:

“Been passing all these 4wd towing vans and can’t for the love of Pete n Moses work out why they are flame free?…. Oh now I know why, they are Toyota’s.”

One guess on what they drive.


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