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Birdsville Big Red Bash Music Festival

The First Music Festival Worldwide since Covid started.

Almost 10000 socially distancing at campsites and in the concert area. With Covid testing facilities available over 600kms from the nearest hospital!
The first Sanddune of the Simpson Desert 40m high and the only way to get phone service was to climb to the top.
Tracks in the sand.
My QR (Quilting on the Road) quilt on top of Big Red – well a small part all hand pieced.

3947 Kilometres ( 2452 miles) in 18 days, many single lane sealed Development Roads, and lots of corrugated dirt or muddy roads too. It is remote Queensland almost on the border of NT and SA.

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Busy Quilting is Going Outback

The packing has started. Well my quilting is packed. Food, firewood and drinks are sorted. Clothing sorta organised.

The Quilting on the Road quilt pieces are packed, trusty Magna Classic bobbins ready, sandpaper board and my light.
There is enough fabric for twelve 14″ blocks cut and sorted here. Many I have hand dyed or overdyed, fussy cut too.

Our new camper will be ready by September so I am on a time frame to finish this before then. This trip will see me in the passenger seat for almost 50 hours, plus some night time stitching. Fingers crossed it progresses quickly.

So looking forward to some clear blue skies, open plains, sand dunes and the campfire nights. A few Country Pub meals will not go astray. The music at Big Red Bash is well worth the effort.

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Lake Eyre Magic Moments

An early morning flight with our 10 year old grandson was a highlight of our recent trip outback.  This is the sunset the night before.
Sunrise after a 7am start  on a coolish morning in a 6 seater plane
We were fortunate to have cloud cover that provided some absolutely magical memories.
Lake Eyre North only fills after extreme rainfall thousands of kilometres away.  The devastating floods in Queensland in March flow inland and create this beauty.  Since the water is only 10cm or 4inches deep it is like glass.
The Lake Itself is 18metres below sea level so is very salty.  However 80% of Australia’s pelican population find their way to the northern parts where the fresh water flows in.  Flying at only 500 feet above the water and seeing the birdlife was an experience to remember, we were too fast for great bird shots!