Monday, April 13, 2015

OUR WORLD - Gin & Tonic in the Outback


A rare opportunity to head to the Outback
and settle on the porch with a G&T
as the desert light changes
over the diggings


yes, I had a rare chance to go to Andamooka again
where there are opal diggings in all directions


we found a welcome visitor in the house
a stumpy tail lizard who hat made himself quite at home 
being afraid he would not find enough food and drink inside,
I picked him up and took him outside


getting on in years and lacking driving endurance
I seldom get a wonderful chance like this
but when I do, I jump at it


walking among the old diggings
hoping to pick up an opal chip or two
and wondering whether it was worth
digging this Great Wall of China

it looked somehow as though all this effort had been in vain


it was only 4 nights away, 
two of them on the road
but so well worth it

if only to be away from home for a bit

Linking with 


26 comments:

  1. What a wonderful experience. LOVE the colours in that sky. Did you find any opal chips?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Only a few pieces of potch in an old sorting pile but it was fun looking.

      Delete
  2. Sounds like a great getaway, Arija! I hope you got lucky gigging for opals. The scenery and photos are beautiful! Have a happy new week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Unless you have a mining claim, and then only on your own, are you allowed to dig. Fossicking, one can only pick up what is on the surface and NOT on a pegged claim.

      Delete
  3. What a wonderful experience for you and looks like you really enjoyed it

    ReplyDelete
  4. makes for very interesting terrain! love the lizard buddy! glad you could put him back outside again. and gin and tonics are my favorite summertime drink!

    ReplyDelete
  5. A great getaway and such a lovely place!! Beautiful captures as always!! Hope things are going well and that you have great week!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. What interesting countryside, a different world, full of colour! Is that a covered cart (prairie schooner) peeking over the fence in the second picture?
    I am so glad that you enjoyed this short escape!
    Warm greetings,
    Merisi

    ReplyDelete
  7. Sounds like you had a great time! Love the lizard. Poor guy got stuck. Glad he's outside enjoying life again. Love the landscape!

    ReplyDelete
  8. so lovely that you got away
    to enjoy
    relax and have g&t with that view
    so happy for you
    and some day perhaps you will let me know you would like a photograph ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Not only nice to get out of the house and enjoying a G&T, my favorite summer drink, but then include rockhounding as a marvelous adventure. I'd be happy with opal chips.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Amazing experience in such a nice place.

    ReplyDelete
  11. That area has a desolate beauty - I love it.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Good to hear from you again. The pictures are lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wonderful scenery on your adventure.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I had to smile Arija ... you're an adventurer at heart and of course you took your camera along..... lovely rich colours shining through the more solemn landscape make for wonderful vistas.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dianne, we took off in such a bang that my camera was left behind. My photographic efforts had to rely on my iPhone.

      Delete
    2. I hardly touch my 'big' camera anymore ... completely addicted to the wee phonecam am I. These are super images, it has not let you down! The g&t sure sounds fine ;>]

      Delete
  15. Your phone did you proud. Sipping G and T as the sun goes down sounds marvellous.

    ReplyDelete
  16. A G&T is a perfect way to celebrate an Autumn evening looking at this wild and different landscape. I love three or four day getaways ... The perfect amount of time to refresh your spirits without the stress of preparing for a long trip. I'd love to know more about the opal mines. (?)

    ReplyDelete
  17. long a go I was a tv program about the opal diggers. You reminded me of that. Such cute little lizard :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. What a wonderful adventure...peaceful time with nature....

    ReplyDelete

Blog Widget by LinkWithin