Dear Sister-in-Law and Brother-in-Law, are undertaking a journey by car and caravan, of over 3585.5 km (2,228 miles) from Geelong in Victoria, to the tip of Cape York (in Australia). And that doesn’t include all the side trips or getting back again!
Australia is a land of extremes, and right now the effects of an El Nino is producing severe drought across vast areas of the country. There’s no feed in some places and farmers are selling off the last of their stock. In Cobar, slap bang in the middle of New South Wales, the trip had it’s first encounter with the vagaries of Australian weather. Attempting a u-turn after making a wrong turn, and not realising the area had just had 4 inches of rain, (and yes it’s still classified as being in drought), the services of a local farmer were needed to pull the vehicles out – which were way up to the axles in mud.
Even though this is a long journey in distance, it’s a small world, as the farmer knew someone who lives just around the corner back in Geelong! A fact that supports Frigyes Karinthy’s 1929 theory, ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ – you just never know who you’re going to meet, or what connection they have back to you.
While all this was happening, what can you do but pull out the sewing machine in the caravan, and make some placemats! As fellow ‘Pascoe Patchers’ know, orange is DS-in-L’s favourite colour and it’s not far off matching the mud!
Hope you enjoy reading about this ‘trip of a lifetime’ that many Australians undertake. I hope DS & DB-in-Law are discovering the beauty of the land as described by Dorothea Mackellar in her historic poem ‘My Country’ – ‘I love a sunburnt country/A land of sweeping plains,/Of ragged mountain ranges,/Of droughts and flooding rains.” …