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Surf School Day 2

Day 2 was even warmer than day 1, so we were pretty happy to be heading to the beach. After a quick bit of instruction on how to read rips etc and the obligatory repeating of the phrase “when caught in a rip, swim parallel to the beach” the group was back in the water, this time with the instruction to try a turn or two. C7 had also brought his boogie board along to use as he was determined to NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER surf again. Towards the end of the lesson he had a short paddle on one of the boards and even managed to stand up on a little wave (with some help from Mum), so maybe he’ll have another go next year.

This is the (very) edited version. I have a much better 6 minute version of bloopers set to Wipeout and the theme from Hawaii 5-0, but being almost 100Mb – it might just blow up a server or two. I’ll see if I can upload it later.

Learning to surf was a lot of fun, so now we have a new activity every summer – and perhaps one day, H11 will experience the endless summer.

We rounded off the day with a late lunch of Fish and Chips on the Streaky Bay foreshore before heading back to the beach-house for some rest!


Dry and Dusty

We are home from our week in the Flinders Ranges. It really is an amazing place full of HISTORY. Check out my photos on flickr and you will see the human history as well as the geological history – rocks that are over 600 million years old.


Brachina Gorge

But most of all, what struck me the most was how dry it was. The water level in the underground Aroona Spring in Brachina Gorge is so low that water can no longer be drawn from the spring.

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I walked around the abandoned town of Beltana, with the humidity below 10% and the temperature above 40C. The sweat didn’t pour out of me, it was being sucked out of me. Even the air is desperate for some moisture.

Beltana  Smith of Dunesk mission

We walked up a few creek beds. Creeks that in summers of my past had water at least trickling through them. We found a few stagnant pools, but mostly we found a jigsaw of cracked dried silt and in some cases plate sized circles of salt crystals growing on the rocks.

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I hope it rains soon