Hello y’all. How’s it going in your part of the world ?
Personally, it’s been a bit more than a week since I came on a nine month long trip to Australia, and it’s been fantastic.
I originally arrived to australia with my father and step-mother, and we toured the place a bit, going through the outback, camping at one of their famous Stations ( farms that have grown to accomodate tourists on the side of their other activities, like cattle-keeping and cotton-growing, if you’r out in the Outback, I can only say that there are many great places to stay, Our favorite being Trilby Station) and sight-seeing a bit.
One has to acknowledge, Roos ( as in kanga’roos’) and Emu’s are running everywhere, especially at night, when they don’t care about roads and whetever or not there’s two headlights zooming towards them when they jump onto it… All those Roadkills are traumatising really!!
So, now I’ve been found a place to stay with someone (more specifically, Brad Moore, a local jack-o-all-trades who’s also a father of four, the four being all small pests that aren’t een in their teens yet! )…
… * drums are drumming*
an opal miner !!
Indeed, I’ve found what appears to be th perfect little outback “town/village” to stay in.
White Cliffs, as the village is named, is an amazing place.
Being the only place in Australia where the famous Pineapple Opals are found, it’s quite something to stay here.
I don’t think I can do the place justice by trying to describe it, so I’ll leave it to Google to give you a better overview of the “village”.
But one thing is sure about White Cliff, Opals are what this magnificent “village” is obsessed by! And they’re even obsessive in a quite nice way!!
No one is going around nicking anyone else’s claims or stealing around here, as the community is a close-knotted one that watches over each others backs.
Oh,… Did I mention they live in dug-outs ? Only the front of their homes( if any part of it ) is “constructed” in the classical sense, the rest is, well, literally “dug out” from the sandstone that is the local ground, Opals can be found in the mines, on the ground jutting out, waiting for someone to see them, or just while you were digging an addition to your house, like the new bedroom I’ll be digging with Brad one of these days (even though he’s announces that I now have a good job opportunity on one of the local Stations that is looking for workers, even though they apparently all are at some point, the sheeps needing to be culled, marked, shaved, or whatever else there is to do around a giant farm in the Outback).
So, I hope you enjoyed this little tale from the Outback, where the major concerns really are if you’ll be able to stop yourself from digging into the neighbour’s house while making a new room, just because you suddenly lost focus of what you were doing, aka., digging a room and not searching for Opals !!
P.S : I encourage veryone who passes through Australia to visit the Outback, If possible White Cliff and the local showrooms ( like the Cathedral, and, even if the advertising is a little old, B.Moore’s Opal Showroom has some magnificent Opals, and Red Earth Opal has some good browniesand coffee… Oh and Opals and other beautifull minerals too, of course !! )