Friday 10th March.

Sunrise is straight out in front of us. I could hear something falling onto the canvas during the night like seeds or pods, think we are under a tree with pods bursting and falling. We have sap from a tree from bush camp in Zeehan and its now covered in wasps, I was watching them and they are eating it off, yippee, that means we don’t have to try and clean it off. Did another lot of juicing. Very tired, the last week has caught up with me.

 Sunrise.  These are what the wasps are living in.   These are the trees we are camped under, not sure of their name but the pods make for great fire stater.  Rocks through the water at the Lake. Country side west of where we’re camped.

Day 87

Wednesday 27th May

left nice and early and headed off to Mathinna and Mangana. Chris at the park has told us of lots to do off the beaten track so thanks for that Chris it was awesome. Stopped at St Marys at the Old Museum called Cranks and Tinkers, a must to pop in and see Ian, you will not believe what he has.We loved the old buildings in Mathinna and that they are still being lived in. Went and saw the falls, Ill post them later. After leaving that area we carried onto Mangana another quaint wee settlement, loved the old house here as well, reminded me of the days I lived in a mill. Weather was turning cold and wet, but we still did ok.

IMG_9974  Mathinna was named after an Aboriginal girl who was befriended by Lady Franklin whom this town is named after, I felt this is worth a mention.IMG_9940 IMG_9994  Light on the hillsIMG_9980  Esk RiverIMG_9953  MathinnaIMG_9952  We sheltered in here for smoko MathinnaIMG_9948  Old mining days.IMG_9747  Fires burn offs.IMG_9749  Beautiful coloured rockIMG_9939 IMG_9941  MathinnaIMG_9944 IMG_9745  FingalIMG_9744  Driving down the Fingal Valley, the lighting was awesome on the trees with the dark sky.IMG_9738  A bit of light shines through.IMG_9731 IMG_9712  The MuseumIMG_9718  Old relics.IMG_9723  Where railway lines once stood.IMG_9713 IMG_9710  This homestead was owned by someone who owned most of the area once.IMG_0058  Bad weather.IMG_0056  FingalIMG_0051  Fingal ValleyIMG_0055 IMG_0002 IMG_0003 IMG_0010 IMG_0008 IMG_0004 IMG_0037 IMG_0044 IMG_0014

Tree patterns and colours after being chopped down.

Day 6

Saturday 12th April

We are having a very hot day again, it was a very warm night. After breakfast we drove out to the tit bit of the lake, I refer to it as the Island, much larger than I thought, found Whistling Kites and there nest, they are getting fish from the lake. We counted 6 Kites. Checked out where coverage was for the Sat phone. Our friends are due today so that’s going to be nice. Cooked in the camp oven tonight, was yummy. Clouds are coming in so I feel we are in for rain, oh no as these roads are not derivable when wet, hope it’s not going to be much or we will be here longer, Oh, what a shame. Here are a few photos from the day.

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This is the set up we are using, nicely tucked out of the way.

IMG_9313  This is before the sun came up over the hill behind us.IMG_9315  A Darter drying it’s wingsIMG_9324  Just a relaxing view.IMG_9333  Lots of wee birds, this one is looking up sideways, so cant see his eye.IMG_9343  A Whistling Kite with a fish in it’s talonsIMG_9357  Yummy feed.IMG_9380  Not a good view, but took it to show how small the nest is for such a large bird. This is very high in the tree.IMG_9386  Another one eating it’s prey.IMG_9437  I had been watching the Kite on the left for some time, it was calling and calling, then over came the second one.IMG_9458  A Boab of some sorts.IMG_9493 Yes I think the rains are coming, can hear the odd rumbling somewhere in the distance.