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My World – Murphy’s Haystacks

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The west coast of South Australia is (IMNSHO) one of the most beautiful places on earth. It faces onto the Great Australian Bight and the Great Southern Ocean. It is hard for me to pick a favourite place. Starting with Coffin Bay in the south, right up to and even past Ceduna in the north, the west coast of Eyre Peninusla is the home to some of Australias best surfing and fishing beaches, unsurpassed wildlife and pristine waters. It is also home to what is locally known as Murphy’s Haystacks.

Located just south of Streaky Bay, these inselbergs are formed from pink Hiltaba granite that is about 1500 million years old. It is estimated that they have been in their present form for about 100,000 years. These things are huge, those are my kids crawling around on them for perspective.


The weather has been weird. It can’t seem to make up it’s mind wheather it should be hot or cold. Daytime temps have hovered between 30C and 40C but the nights are getting cooler. And guess why there isn’t a picture from the hill? I only had a short space of time to get the photo today and when I finally had time – it was raining!! Yes raining. Well, sort of raining. There was wet stuff not only coming form the sky, but it was also making little puddles on the ground. It wasn’t much (2.2mm or nearly 9/100 of an inch) but it did bring that wonderful smell you get after rain. Of course it just made it very humid this afternoon – but hey beggers can’t be choosers.

This is where the picture should be, but it’s not.

Monday 2nd March. Max Temp: 28C, Min Temp: 15C,
Rainfall: 2.2mm, Days since rain: (until today, 78)


Remember the day it rained?

SkyWatch Friday 28

It’s so weird that my children are scared of rain. I’m not talking about the misty light drizzle that makes your hair go all springy. But real rain. When it rains heavy, they run and shout and hide, begging us to come in out of the rain because you could DIE out there!!!

In their lifetimes (they are 7 & 10) they can only recall a few really wet days. I seem to remember winters stuck inside for days at a time. I remember walking to school in the rain. In primary school I owned a raincoat! We had coat racks in the entrance to our classrooms to hang them on. When I started highschool, I remember huddling under the bus shelter with the other kids I caught the bus with. I remember standing under verandahs with other students between classes, all jostling for a position. Then someone would make a break for it and like lemmings we would all follow with our bags over our heads to try and stay dry. My children have never worn a raincoat to school. There are no coat racks in their class rooms. They have umbrellas – but it takes us so long to find them because it’s been so long since they were last used – and I have since learned that if you wait 5 minutes, the rain will stop. They hardly ever get wet. So we sometimes have conversations that start with “Remember that day when it rained and we…..”

It didn’t rain much this day last August. Just enough to make the ground slippery for the footy players. (You can just see the football in one of the pictures). But that light drizzly rain does make for good rainbows.





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