This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

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2006 Travels July 26 – 31


This was what passed for a fairly routine period here. For four of the six days, I did not get any time to have lunch. 5.15pm was the earliest I finished, 6pm the latest.

The bus group lunch numbers were consistently high, as was the drop-in trade. This really was quite a good business, at least in the Dry season.

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Cafe customers consistently asked if we did chips. Whilst, as cook, I was pleased that we didn’t, it was a definite gap in the offering. A reason for not doing it was the power that an electric fryer would need – not compatible with the power generator here.

Boss 2 was talking of buying a shipping container  and converting it to a living unit for he and wife. She only came out here for occasional weekend visits, having daughters attending school in Darwin. His caravan was old and rather grotty, so having better accommodation here might result in her spending more time, and maybe even full time when the girls are independent.

Late one afternoon, there was a nankeen night heron standing around, in the staff shower! Just kind of paddling in the water from someone’s shower.

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Nankeen Night Heron

Sunday afternoon, H and D arrived and settled their camper by the creek, a bit upstream from us. John showed them around the place and they talked with Boss 2 for a while. Then, late in the day, Boss 1 arrived back from Darwin and they talked with him, especially about the building work that D could do. If he is fully occupied with construction, not sure who is going to look after the grounds upkeep, or help B with the bus group lunches and clean up – in the absence of John and M.

Monday H shadowed me and I tried to teach her as much of the routines of the cafe, as I could. Boss 1 set her husband to work.

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2005 Travels August 30


We did not rush around to get too early a start. John still had to do his garden watering, and V and F went with him to be part of that.

Took V and F driving, out to the Dragons Breath Cave – the nearest one.

On the way there we saw a couple of euros in the bush. As with much of the wild life on the place, they were more curious about us than scared.

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John took V and F down the cave. I think they were a bit apprehensive, especially when they saw the narrow opening they had to go down, but trusted that John knew what he was doing.

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Quite a narrow opening to the cave!

John took the camera down with him. Getting decent photos in the caves was difficult, because they were always very warm and humid, and condensation soon formed on the camera lens.

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While they were exploring the cave, I pottered about up top, exploring the area around the cave, with its fossilized limestone outcrops and stromatolites.

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Big cave system under here

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We then drove on to Croc Hole, on Karns Creek, where John took our guests out in the boat there, for the experience of puttering down the long water hole there.

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They saw a couple of nankeen night herons perched on a dead tree – were able to get the boat surprisingly close to them.

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I waited back at the big fig tree that was such a feature there.

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Then it was back to camp for lunch.

We finished up the day with a drive out to the wetlands, to see Lake Crocodyllus, continuing on around the circuit track past Jabiru Billabong. By this time, V and F were totally disoriented – the network of tracks all seemed similar to them. I could remember feeling like that the first time we visited here, in 2003!

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Again, we did happy hour in the clearing, then I cooked tea at the camp and brought it back to the clearing.