May 13th- June 11th
13.05.2011 - 11.06.2011 29 °C
Well it’s been a month since our last report and we have had a very busy time with trips to the Mary River and Litchfield Conservation Park. We’ve done a bit of work, watched a movie outdoors under the stars, visited Mindil Beach Markets and experienced the real start of The Dry Season. I have been working now for 3 weeks and have been fortunate enough to find a great company and people to be associated with (no offence Theo). Since I have started work there has been a cooking contest (as part of the Biggest Morning Tea), work drinks, a birthday party to attend and a golf day.
All set to head off to Lindsay's 1950's dress up party!
One of the constants we both keep hearing about is the cold snap we are experiencing in Darwin. We are up to 14 nights in a row where the overnight temperature has been below 20 °C – and there is no end in sight. The day temps are still 29-30 °C but in the coming days that is expected to drop to 26 or 27. Everybody is talking about it!
A couple of weeks ago we took a drive out towards Kakadu to the Mary River National Park to see the jumping crocodiles and see some more of the surrounding countryside. Large areas are still under water and it was obvious where the water had risen to, particularly on the roads which are being worked on to repair pot holes and ruts left by the long wet. The Jumping Croc Cruise was great and thanks to a tip from those who had ventured there before us we were seated in prime viewing seats – hence the picture below.
The following weekend we ambled down the Stuart Hwy to the Litchfield National Park which was truly magnificent. We had plans of driving all over the place to see as much as possible but never ventured any further than Buley Rockhole, which is the first water hole inside The Park. Thanks to the longer than normal wet season the flows through the swimming holes are still quite strong and the water deep. We found the best time to swim was early or later in the day when the crowds had gone because when a tour bus pulled in and unloaded 20 people the area got crowded. There is still much to see at Litchfield so expect more photos in due course.
We have only a few days of house sitting to go before we are back into the wagon again. We are currently looking after a pup for some friends of friends (and the house also) which has been quite entertaining. We cannot leave anything within reach and we soon found that the tv advert with the pup and the toilet roll does not go on to show the end result when he has chewed it to bits and carefully spread it over every inch of the floor. But still, we have taught him to fetch a ball in two weeks which puts another dog we know to shame (even though we still miss him).
To all those who are wondering, the Darwin Cup is not on until August 1st so we have some time in which to condition ourselves appropriately. There is plenty on in the coming weeks and this weekend is the Glenti Greek Festival (which we will be attending in order to get our fill of spit roasted lamb and baklava). Tomorrow night we are off to the Casino Lawns for a picnic concert to watch Grace Knight . We imagine it will be easy to spot the difference between the locals and the tourists like ourselves at these events. Those who have been here for a while will be wearing ugg boots and beanies, those of us who are not yet acclimatised will be wearing shorts and sun cream. Well that’s all for now as I am getting cold and have to go and find a Tee shirt to put on.
Hope you are all well,