clouds.

the weather forecast for the last few days was alarming. heavy rains and damaging winds across most of the western australian coast, from kalbarri all the way to the south. perth was going to get a good drenching which was ok because they had a dry autumn so far. probably because of that the people…

let there be light.

when we got the disco ready for our trip there was one addition we decided to give a miss: driving lights or spotties as us aussies like call them. there were a few reasons: we really didn’t want to be on the road after dark. no matter what lights you have, the roo that you…

by sea and by air.

shark bay is a great place, if you haven’t had a chance to get there have a look at some photos here and here (nat’s report about her very special time in shark bay). we did have a little time to kill because of the latest in a series of land rover spare parts that…

geraldton.

do bad things really always happen in threes? if so i’d be ok with it, because then we’d be done now. first we had the issue with the alternator, then the gearbox decided it was time to retire and last our coolant system managed to spring a leak. a small one to be sure –…

time flies.

does 25 years sound like a lot? i know, sometimes 5 minutes can feel like a lot. at other occasions time could really get a move on but seems to stand still. i remember a few meetings that felt like that. there are two things regarding the photo above that i continue to be unsure…

shark bay.

despite it’s name sharks are not the main attraction here. there are, however, so many other things to see in shark bay it’s hard to know where to start. so let’s back right up. we left horrocks – which as a special nod to nat, harry potter’s greatest fan, we called horcrux – and briefly…

on the road again.

thank god. we love perth but our visit there was a bit longer than we were prepared for due to a bit of an issue with the car. the gearbox has now been re-manufactured, i.e. the parts that were not designed as well as they could/should have been have been replaced with improved items and…

while we wait.

our poor sick disco is being taken care of but that means we can’t go far. nat and i have some studying to do but of course every now and then a little break is in order. for nat that means time with her friends alex and vivi. i still have a few changes to…

tactical retreat.

i hate the idea of going backwards; probably because even though i was born in austria i was always australian at heart. as you may know the two animals in australia’s coat of arms, the emu and the kangaroo, can’t walk backwards either. very metaphoric. the reason i am bringing this up is that the…

heading north.

today we started our journey north. we started in busselton, best known for it’s jetty. construction on the jetty started in 1853 and the jetty was extended multiple times until the 1960ies. it is almost 2km long and the longest wooden jetty in the world! when it reached it’s use-by date – i.e. when the…

leaving the south west.

we really enjoyed the south west. first we visited the amazing beaches¬†on the south coast, from esperance to albany. then we drove through the forests around denmark¬†and walked among the massive tingles, jarrahs and karri trees. and last we spent time in the area between augusta and busselton and enjoyed the food and sights in…

the biggest rats ever.

‘dear mummy, we have made good progress across the indian ocean, towards batavia. we were gunning along at great speed when we suddenly came across this inconveniently located landmass where we are expected to look for our wayward colleagues – no sign of them yet. we tried to see if we could strike up trading…