The Frayed Arch


Or is it a beached pre-historic creature? Dug up from the archives for this week’s WP challenge, fray. And for Sue’s word a week challenge for this week, arch.

The image is from Kangaroo Island way back when 3MP was an amazing resolution and when I did not see any difference between raw and a hole in the ground. A pity, it could have been tarted up a bit otherwise.


tee at 4th

The texture of fairway and tee is a bit different on an outback golf course in comparison to the well groomed courses most golfers use.

Darke Peak golf course, tee off

This course is located in the middle of the wheat belt on Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.

The Challenge of Challenges

Sometimes it’s convenient to rely on the various challenges to get direction for a new post. As I do not really have a coherent theme for my blog, weekly challenges are very convenient. This week there’s wordpress weekly challenge: zigzag. Then we’ve got Ailsa’s travel theme: simplify. Sue’s word a week challenge is transport. See if I can get all this together in one post. To do so, lets go back to Cook in South Australia:

The Indian Pacific from Perth to Adelaide refuelling stop at Cook, SA

Hmm – difficult to pass as zigzag. In particular as the stretch of rail passing Cook is the longest straight stretch of rail in the world – 478 kilometers. I’m sure the railway engineers had ‘simplify’ in mind when they constructed this stretch. Transport any one?

The Indian Pacific from Perth to Adelaide refuelling stop at Cook, SA

But hey – there’s a bit of a zig here (alas no zag) in what looks as preparation for a new subdivision in Cook? Seriously, how many subdivisions do 5 people need??

The Indian Pacific from Perth to Adelaide refuelling stop at Cook, SA


I suppose that rail is merely the prerequisite for transport, so here it is, the Indian Pacific on the stop in Cook.

The Indian Pacific from Perth to Adelaide

Not only transport, but superior transport. Ever so nice to walk to the Outback Explorer Lounge to get a glass of one’s favorite tipple

The Indian Pacific from Perth to Adelaide

and then while away some time in congenial company.

The Indian Pacific from Perth to Adelaide

Ah, the zigzag, well here it is. As well as being documentary evidence that it was not over indulgence in the Lounge that made passing this car feel a bit wobbly. Ha!

Bakers – cruel people?

Cruelty free

Are bakers normally cruel to the dough? Or to the finished product? Or to the customers? Anyway, I’m ever so pleased to have found a bakery specialising in lack of cruelty. The first one I’ve ever seen one might add. You too can get cruelty free bread, just take the city to Glenelg tram to stop 4.

A morning walk in Semaphore

A chilly winter morning in Semaphore, a beach side suburb in Adelaide, South Australia.


Just 6C in the morning, rising to 17C in the day. Apparently shocking by Australian standards. For a Swede this could pass for a cool but acceptable summer day…

Room with a view

From Cowell to Darke Peak

Room with a view to rural South Australia, somewhere between Cowell and Cleve on Eyre Peninsula.

From Cowell to Darke Peak

The window is in the one and only room in the former Crossville school. It was operating from 1909 to 1946. Nearby is a ruin which I presume was the teacher’s house but it could also have been a farm house. It was, as I understand, common for the rural teachers to be lodged with a family on a local farm nearby the school house.

WordPress photo challenge: Room

A word a week challenge – Track

I’ve not done many ‘weekly challenges’ since I’ve been busy with life in general (and my own in particular). However, the evening is a bit slow, it’s December so it’s cold and dark outside. Blogger A Word In Your Ear has weekly challenges I follow now and then – without contributing myself. Until now. The weekly word is ‘track’ and after digging in the archives a bit I settled for an image of the railroad between Port Augusta and Leigh Creek in South Australia. I shot this photo in Parachilna, a now defunct pit stop for the railroad. As far as I know, it’s now only used to transport coal from the coal mine at Leigh Creek to the power station at Port Augusta.