Shaz in the boat cave at Christmas Island and the friendly CI dolphin pod
Shaz on Christmas Island reports arrival of temporary guests from Indonesia

Remembrance Day Monday 11 November 2013

Thoughts in advance from a couple of readers.

Jeff R tells me that of all the Commonwealth War Graves he visited with his wife, Polygon Wood was the most peaceful.

Polygon Wood Cemetery


And Janette reflects from the Gold Coast hinterland near heartbreak hill Canungra, where many an older soldier of an earlier generation lugged the GPMG M60.

Dedicated to our Australian Troops and Their Families.



In Memorium


On his leave days, we would meet in the early dawn by the gurgling stream just outside Canungra.


It was a special time for both of us – mother and son.  We forgot the military training and the uncertainty of postings to Afghanistan, delighting in glimpses of platypuses probing purposefully, bills pushing pebbles aside, intent on a feast of worms. 


After his posting to Tarinkot, I kept our tryst, as today, and every Sunday in the grey pre-dawn light.  Suddenly the surrounding hills exploded with the pounding of heavy practice mortar.  Peace settled.  Mist wispily rose from the stream.


I knew…  


©   J Coombes 29-11-12




One of our travellers has  just spent a few weeks visiting family in Dubbo and whilst there travelled up to Barraba near Tamworth for a baptism.
Came across several mobs of cattle near Gunnedah, which we believe are part of the 18,000 head being driven down the old stock routes to end up in the Riverina.
A lovely shot of Australia for a moment of quiet reflection today - I'm up early and on my way down to the Riverina too, will post from Wagga later on.
The Long Paddock near Gunnedah