Sunday, May 16, 2010

Rodeo Time.

It is Ord Valley Muster time up here at the moment, which is 2 weeks of "community celebration of the talented East Kimberley region, highlighting its cultural diversity, stunning landscape, and friendly, country hospitality." Their words, not mine! So last night we wore jeans, yes, it was chilly enough to wear jeans and went out to the local Rodeo.

Matilda as always got close to the action. We caught her at one stage sticking her head through the bottom two rungs of wire. Is she telling us she wants to be a cowgirl?

I sat with the girls at the front for awhile. It was great being so close. The ohhh's and ahh's as they would fall off and miss by millimeters being stomped in the head or stomach by an angry hoof.

I'll admit I don't really "get" the whole idea of a rodeo. Staying on a cow/bull/horse that is pissed off cause it has a rope tied around it's testicles till the buzzer goes. Watching all these young cowboys in their big hats and checked shirts walking around and wondering where they all came from, don't see them strutting around town!

It was a fun night. I can tick "attended a rodeo" off my things experienced in the Kimberley's now.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Lake Argyle.

As you may know, my parents are staying with us at the moment. We are up to the 3 week mark now and today we did the touristy thing and went for a cruise on Lake Argyle. Its a 60km drive out of town, we flew over it when we arrived, but that still didn't prepare us for how big, massive, enormous, humongous this expanse of water is.

It looks like this in all directions. Water, red cliffs and more water.

We did the Sunset Cruise with this company. It was good, I'd take the next tourists who visit us along for another cruise. It was sort of funny, we were the only locals except for the boat driver/commentator.

Happy Mothers Day Mum! No, don't take my photo again!

Matilda enjoying the breeze. We were so excited to get on the boat I didn't get a photo of it! No windows, just a rail at the side to hang on to when the driver went fast.

Grace on the close look out for any crocodiles.

See the little V shape in the water coming towards you? Look closer...

Well hello Mr Crocodile!

Snap, snap! He was about a metre away from the side of the boat in this shot. He is a freshwater crocodile which are consider to be timid and generally not dangerous to humans. Still.....

Well that's close enough for me I'd say!

We cruised around some more and then stopped for a swim while waiting for the sun to set.

And here is Daz gazing out on another Kimberley Sunset as we cruised towards were the boat was docked. Most likely thinking of all the work we has to do this week with his students!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Grace's Merit Certificate.

Proud parent moment this morning. Grace got the merit certificate for her class at school assembly. "For her willingness to try her hardest at what ever task it is. It is a pleasure to have her in the class". For a girl who was less than impressed on her first day at school up here, she is doing okay. Well done Gracie!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Kununurra's Tip!

Went to the local tip on Friday with Dad. Need a spare part for your car? Take a rummage!