Sunday, 12 September 2021

Living Sculptures

More Living Sculptures near Broken Hill, NSW.

Before we go any further I would like to thank Jose for painting a beautiful picture of the Tamar River in my city, Launceston.  Thank you.

When people travel in the Outback and or people living in the outback distance is never an issue.  If you ask someone how far it is to a certain place, the answer is often 'just down the road'.  That could mean 300km, or 5 hours drive or so.  Within that distance there are no houses or towns however, there is a place to buy petrol with a roadhouse attached to buy a meal.  We always took water and extra petrol when travelling the outback and indeed had to use the latter many times.

There are a few Stations planted here and there in the Outback with a Homestead and it could be 150 to 250km from the Homestead to the main highway so on the Stations there are freezers, the power isn't real realiable as generators are used, water is scarse if there is no bore water.   I have a cousin and his wife who travelled extensivly within Australia and they both worked on Stations all over Australia for many years after other successful careers and I did receive many letters by snail mail back then from them as email were not available. I presume many Stations have the Internet these days and from memory it did arrive during my cousins being on different Stations but with limited use.

 Stations in Australia -  other places in this world might call them a Ranch.




56 comments:

  1. L'Australia deve essere una terra meravigliosa.
    Sconfinata, brulla, deserta ma ricca di pace e natura.
    Grazie per le tue splendide fotografie.
    Che giorno dopo giorno mi fanno innamorare sempre più di questa splendida terra.

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    1. It's a diverse land in some places and certainly uninhabitable in so many places, there are desert areas also of vastness. Then there are many places where farms are and fruitful.

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  2. Very interesting sculptures. I like them.
    And I liked Jose's painting as well!! : )

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    1. I too love Jose paintings.
      A lot of work in those sculptures.

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  3. Your description of the hinterland is very interesting, especially for those who, like me who live in Italy, have never had experiences on such immense uninhabited distances.
    The sculpture are really beautiful.

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    1. Not every country has vast areas of uninhabitable land. It's pleasing for me to be able to show these areas in Australia that I've been too.

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  4. Una nueva colección, que no tiene nada que envidiar a las anteriores.

    Besos

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  5. I suppose these sculptures are welcome in places with scarce population, where no other attractions can be seen, except the basic landscape.

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    1. Most places have different attractions for the tourist or visitors Duta. When people come a long way to see different things the towns people draw on their history and make that their main wonderful feature.

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  6. Spectacular sculptures. I well remember when we lived in country NSW distance was expressed as time rather than miles or kilometres. An hours drive...

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    1. Yes always in hours or how many cans of beer they drink between the towns :)

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  7. Как интересно!
    А вот если неожиданно закончился бензин в этой бесконечной дороге?
    А связи нет?
    И до ближайшего ранчо более 100 км.
    Что делать?

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    1. You always fill the tank with petrol or diesel where it's available so you don't run out. If something like that we're to happen you just sit with the bonnet of the car up and when you see a car coming (which Re not many) you stop them and ask for help which is usually offered. That means you go with those people buy some petrol in next town, wait for a ride back to your vehicle. Thankfully you rarely here of that because most people are responsible when travelling in the outback.

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  8. Dear Margaret! Sculptures you shared in this post beautiful. Also i follow to Jose's paintings. They are beautiful. Happy weekend.

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    1. Jose paintings are lovely, always pleasant to see.
      Thanks.

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  9. I haven't heard much lately but the satellite internet service to the outback was terrible. It was unreliable, very slow and very expensive. I hope it has been improved.

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  10. I've heard that the satellite internet isn't the best, don't know if it's any better these days. I expect they don't rely on it much.

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  11. Great sculptures!

    With petrol it sounds like in my childhood, when we traveled in Lapland with my father. Stations were rare and we had always extra petrol within

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  12. I always forget if I hit the "publish" button.... I love these living sculptures, by the way.

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  13. These sculptures are really fantastic!
    Greetings

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  14. Bellissime sculture, molto apprezzate, ciao Margaret e grazie dei tuoi commenti, un abbraccio Angelo.

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  15. Interesting sculptures. It was also interesting to read your description of the hinterland of Australia.

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  16. Beautiful and interesting sculptures. They have their own uniqueness.

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  17. It is not for the faint of heart to live in such places and it is essential to have no desire for a good library, a symphony orchestra or a wide selection of good wines available at the local store! The bookstore is probably not well stocked either!

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  18. Interesant sculptures. The last photo is super.

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    1. That is a good one I agree and I've seen a photo of the sun coming through that ring, be a certain time and day each year.

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  19. Hello Margaret,
    Wonderful pictures. It's a wonderful artwork in that fantastic area.
    Very nice.

    Greetings, Marco

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  20. So interesting to see these sculptures.
    I went over to see Jose's painting, I liked it.

    All the best Jan

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  21. Hi Margaret,
    What an extraordinary place, the sculptures are fantastic.

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  22. Fascinating Margaret and these sculptures are incredible, especially with their panoramic surroundings. From my childhood I remember being intrigued by the fact that children in the outback were taught school through ham radio? I think I learned this at our own school. We used to have visiting teachers from around the world, and one was from Australia. Not sure if my information is correct as those memories get a little fuzzy nowadays :)

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    1. Yes children in the outback mostly children who are isolated are taught by Radio, The School of the Air and there is an office in Broken Hill NSW for this whole area. There are several Schools of the Air in the main outback towns.
      So your memories are correct Denise.

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