I Spy with my little eye....................

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Something beginning with T


Which makes a change – for over 2 months we were playing I Spy something beginning with B  - Bush!  There are different types of bush: tall, short, thick, sparse.  Sometimes it’s all
low bush but then again you get trees of different sizes.  Around the Kimberley there were Boabs growing hither and thither, but our favourite is the bush with the ghost gum(as Simon
already knows).   Occasionally there’s practically bare earth which can also be a result of overgrazing.  

 But when we reached just north of Geraldton it was as if someone had drawn a line and said “that’s enough of the bush – now we will have wheat”. From miles and miles of bush we now could only see miles and miles of yellow, either ripened wheat or the harvested stubble. This was also the area of wildflowers, but it had been a dry winter, the wheat was short and the
flowers already gone.  Yes, there were National Parks with the bush still intact and some copses and stretches by the coast, but otherwise it was miles and miles of wheat.  The wheat belt – we saw a fraction of it as it stretches inland.
 Apparently all is not well with this area of the wheatbelt.  There are problems with salinity.  The shallow rooted crops which have replaced the deeper rooted natural vegetation have caused the ground water levels to rise and the ground water is naturally saline.  As well as causing problems with the wheat there are also adverse effects to the native plants and birds.  It’s probably much more complicated than that but I think it’s a fair summation! 

 

Geraldton was a seaside town with claims of grandeur as it had a Cathedral designed by local celebrity Monsignor John Hawes who came to Australia from England (via the Bahamas – in 1915) .  He was an architect and a catholic priest who appeared to have boundless
energy, enthusiasm and goodwill.  His workload in this extremely hot part of the world made us go weak at the knees.  We followed his trail to a little town called Mullewa (emphasis on the first syllable please) where he had designed and been one of the builders of, a delightful little church with a hermitage.  He (and we) ended up in Greenough where he had to make do with a church that someone else had built until finally he managed to return to the Bahamas!

Geraldton also had an amazing memorial to a ship named Sydney 11 which went down just offshore in a sea battle in 1941.  In fact the memorial was made up of several pieces, one of which was the ‘waiting woman’ looking out to sea for news of her loved one.  They had placed it looking in the approximate direction of the wreck, but when they discovered the wreck very
recently they found she was on the exact bearing!!

Just north of Perth we visited Cervantes and the Pinnacles.  They are wonderful – so weird
and beautiful.  Made of limestone formed from seashells.   But do you know the best bit – none of the scientists know what they are or how they were formed!!!  Lots of theories of course – all involving trees.
And you guessed of course what began with T?  We left Perth (next blog) and headed south
and suddenly we are surrounded by them – Jarrah forests – totally different
again.

 

 

 
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Booleteer on

It's probably all the camels' fault.

mary bird on

Thanks for e-mail. As you can see I have now managed to see what you are up to. It looks so DRY! Not envious of course! What a way to spend an English winter. Enjoy! (Seems you are anyway!)

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