Silent Sunday: Good day for fishing

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Five Photos, Five Stories: Day 5: Pitchi Ritchi and the Alice

033 Alice Springs Pitchie Ritchie

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These photos were taken when cameras were not of the quality they are now, but I’m sure you’ll get the idea. Pitchi Ritchi is a bird sanctuary and open-air pioneer museum which opened in 1955 by Leo Corbet. As you wander around the myriad of tracks sculptures by William Ricketts, a Melbourne sculptor, delight you. Ricketts made numerous trips to the outback between 1949 and 1960 to spend time with Pitjantjatjara, Arrernte, Pintubi, Luritja, Alyawarra and Anmatjirra aboriginal peoples whose culture inspired his work and philosophy.

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He believed that many of his works were integral to the landscape and out of this context would be meaningless. He, therefore, left them at Pitchi Ritchi where the sun, hitting them at different times of the day, make the desert colours come alive and become unforgettable.

0034 Alice Springs

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Alice Springs really is an oasis in a red centre. Surrounding the Alice on all sides is red dirt. Growing up as a Presbyterian minister’s daughter I knew all about Alice Springs as the church was active in its mission there. The Australian Inland Mission. The most notable was Rev John Flynn who saw needs beyond the spiritual and is known as the founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He could see the advantages that the new technologies of radio and airplanes would make to the isolated people living on the huge properties in 1917 and in 1928 the first aeromedical flight took off from Cloncurry. He died in 1951 and is buried in the grave below at Alice Springs, close to those he helped.

0036 memorial to Flyn of the Inland

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This grave was not without its problems as the original rock (above) came from a sacred site at the Devil’s marbles and the traditional owners of the land the grave was on had not been consulted. In 1998 the rock was returned to its original site and, with much consultation with local people, a new, suitable rock was placed on the grave.

0035 aboriginal in the park

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Sadly Alice Springs is not without its problems. Many aboriginal people travel from their dry (no alcohol permitted) towns and camps into Alice Springs, as it is the only large centre for miles around. For many the temptation is too great.

Thank you to Norah Colvin who nominated me this challenge. Norah’s passion is childhood education and even if you don’t have children, there is always thought-provoking insightful writing that keeps those grey cells working.

The blogger I am nominating today (with no pressure to join in ) is Geoff LePard from Tangental. His site is sure to interest and bring a smile. If you wish to participate it is 1 photo a day for five days add a story fiction or non-fiction or poetry, link to the person that nominated you and nominate 1 person each day.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Toadstool Taken from three angles

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Five Photos, Five Stories: Day 4: Silverton Pub and the Vegemite Painter

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Silverton is a desolate spot 26 kms north-west of Broken Hill and these days its population is somewhere between 50 and 60. Originally a silver mining town it is now predominantly a tourist town although it has a thriving arts community. One such artist that I visited was Peter Browne, famous as the Vegemite painter. His paintings when I visited were expensive, so I bought a small one only. In retrospect probably a good thing as Roger doesn’t like the emus as much as I do, however, his paintings have appreciated by around 10% for each year of purchase so happily my expensive purchase is now worth much more.

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Imagine living in a place where the single storey buildings are taller than the highest tree, or not seeing a blade of grass, just the bare dirt and where eyes are constantly squinting in the harshness of the sun. This isn’t desert, but is classified as being in the semi-arid zone with an annual rainfall of around 190mm. Silverton is surrounded by land that belongs to no council but rather is Crown Land known as the Silverton Common where you can buy a license to graze your animals. This was set up when they used to walk the beasts to market. What they eat goodness knows, but they have an area of 120,000 acres to find something to munch on.

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Peter Browne the artist.

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Most of you know the Silverton Pub. If you have seen Mad MaxII, Wake in Fright, A town Like Alice, Dirty Deeds and countless others – then you have seen the Silverton Pub. As well as tourism the town has had a life-saving source of revenue in the making of these productions and of course – in 2010 the mad max museum opened in the town.

My memories of Silverton revolved however around the Vegemite artist and having a drink in the Silverton pub. I’d already embarrassed myself in the Broken Hill Pub by drinking beer through a straw (I wasn’t a beer drinker in those days) so I refrained from doing that again here. Instead, Roger and I had a conversation that had all the patrons joining in and taking sides. Pre-nuptial agreements. For or against. Roger was for, I wasn’t. At this point Roger and I were friends, possibly best friends but we certainly had no thought of marrying, each other that is. We had gone to Broken Hill to visit a mutual friend  and this was purely a philosophical conversation. First the girl working the bar threw in her thoughts and then, the drinkers, one by one ,joined in. Tempers flared in the heat of the day fuelled by schooner fulls of pale ale. Roger and I decided we were best leaving before it got out of control and left them to continue the discussion. Neither Roger nor I have ever mentioned prenuptial agreements since.

Thank you to Norah Colvin who nominated me this challenge. Norah’s passion is childhood education and even if you don’t have children, there is always thought-provoking insightful writing that keeps those grey cells working.

The blogger I am nominating today (with no pressure to join in ) is Tish Farrell. If you wish to participate it is 1 photo a day for five days add a story fiction or non-fiction or poetry, link to the person that nominated you and nominate 1 person each day.

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Skywatch Friday: 28th August 2015 Noosaville 3.41pm

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Friday Fictioneers: Just one more screw

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“Which chamber do you want?” Marc asked.

“Can’t I share yours?” Sylvie said.

“No. There’s only room for one and once they turn the screws tight, compressing the chamber, the pressure increases. The pain. You’d kill someone else if they were in with you.”

“Oh. That sounds dreadful.”

“That’s nothing. Then they start tipping and tilting and rotating the chambers until your stomach heaves. You have to pee and shit in a bag. When the bag splits from the high pressure it stinks like hell.”

“That’s it. I’m out of here.” Sylvie said.

Marc smiled. “That’s another wannabee astronaut gone.

Rochelle  hosts Friday Fictioneers each week. All are welcome to join in and write a 100 word flash, then add their link via the blue frog found on her site. Otherwise use the blue frog to see other people’s responses to the photo prompt which this week is courtesy of Claire Fuller.

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Floral Friday: Tropical colour

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