Monday, August 5, 2013

OUR WORLD - Back to Wirrealpa Staion


In dreams I go back to this place I love in our arid lands,
Wirrealpa Station on the eastern edge of the 
North Flinders Ranges.

My husband and I stayed in this little house on the hill
the last time we were there.


Meat safe on the left and shearer's quarter to the right
the larger house, far right, the sleeping quarters and the smaller
one with the chimney stack, kitchen and eating hall


The meat safe, where carcasses were hung before refrigeration,
surrounded by fly wire
now an extra studio space


this was in springtime when I went there with my daughter 
and some of her artist friends, when the desert was in full flower


a bush pear had even set fruit, unfortunately not 
ripe enough for us to taste


general view to the east, flat and dry


my favourite view to the Flinders Ranges from the verandah of the 
shearer's quarters


botanical alchemy happening on the old shearer's stove
you can see in my header


and a little later, our dinner squeezed in-between 
the dye pots and kettles


and lastly the star of this October visit,
a profusion of Sturt's Desert Pea.


Can you wonder that I love this place?

28 comments:

  1. I don't wonder at all why you love this place. Such a great landscape to dream of.

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  2. i can certainly see why you dream of it...

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  3. Oh, it is a delightful place. I have no doubt in my mind that you would love this place as much you say. I know I would LOVE to visit it.♥

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  4. Oh, yes, a beautiful place indeed and I can understand how you feel! I would want to go back again and again, too! Thanks for sharing the beauty, Arija!

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  5. geweldig mooi ja dit is puur natuur.

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  6. Yes it is a lovely place to stay awhile. I understand why you love it. The countryside looks wonderful and great skies.

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  7. Beautiful shots of a stunning area. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  8. Great shots, nice lighting too :)

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  9. Wonderful piece of the old world that our grand parents lived! The sky is striking in the third image.

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  10. Oh it's lovely! The colours in the outback are so vibrant!

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  11. Arija, it is a lovely place. Beautiful landscapes and home. Thanks for sharing your world. Have a happy week!

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  12. Yes, I can see why you love this place! How lovely to stay amongst such beauty.

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  13. thank you. beautiful images.and a good reminder that i love the desert out there too. even that cook looks okay :0)

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  14. oh what a wonderful place. It looks so restful, artistic, inspiring. And of course I would be blown away by the wildflowers. We are travelling soon through SAust, but I don't think we will make it this far north. What a pitty.
    Have a great week.

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  15. What an amazing place, I would also love it. Great shots!

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  16. Beautiful landscapes. It looks like a place I would like too!

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  17. Hi Arija... What wonderful memories and photo's of this place!! I can see why you love it so!!
    Thanks for sharing this interesting place!!
    Grace

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  18. that looks like a wonderful place to spend time. your photos are gorgeous. love how you have such different plants than we do. thank you for sharing your memories.

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  19. Lovely images! Looks like a perfect place to relax and get away from it all.

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  20. Quintessential Australian country - and so so beautiful. No, I don't wonder at your love for it. At all.
    Thank you for sharing this beauty with us.

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  21. I can well imagine you dream of that beautiful spot (gosh I can even imagine myself dreaming of it, just from your pictures). Wonderful memories. I've always wondered about the story behind your header photo, but never got around to asking you about it. Enjoyed this lovely visit.

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  22. It's a complete mystery to me why the Flinders Ranges NP never makes the top ten lists of OZ national parks! Then again, maybe it's just as well ...

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  23. This place is on my plan for the next couple of years - when would suggest going?

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  24. These photos make me want to visit this area too.

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  25. How deeply soulful your writing, I can nearly hear your voice as you write such eloquent words to lend themselves to the beauty of this land that you hold so dear. Treasure these times deep, tender them out often and reminisce in the gift that was given and so well received~

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  26. Arija, absolutely picturesque and beautiful!

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