Second semester at Uni and we’ve got some shiny new classrooms to christen. The new floor contains about 4 or 5 rooms with spiffy projection screens that vibrate when a big truck goes by on City Rd, projectors that go out of focus for probably the same reason and audio that sometimes works.
The new rooms are spacious with tall ceilings and lots of space for air to circulate, which is good, but it's a bit cold. And they’ve got concertina doors between them, so 3 rooms can become one. Fabulous! Even colder!
So, today we were split into little groups, given a couple of random objects and told to “shoot them in the space”. So we did. I’d never seen such a clean watering can before!
And thus begins the second half of the year….
Trees, water and colourful skies. I really could get used to living in a top end climate. Except for the heat. I've kinda gone off heat. And the rain. That would just annoy me. And the mozzies - they'd bug me too.
Oh, and the fact that you can't swim in the sea or rivers because things live in there that want to eat you. So, I'd be pretty rubbish at living here really.
After spending the night at Jabiru in the Kakadu National Park, we mooched around for a bit, picked up some supplies and then took off in a somewhat northerly direction to visit the Ubirr Rock Art site. Ubirr is looked after by the Bunitj, Manilagarr and Mandjurlgunj people and contains several galleries of rock paintings. The paintings tell various stories about the land and laws, but were often painted over as other stories were depicted. The act of painting is as important as the paintings themselves to the people of this region.
This poor turtle was trying to cross the road towards a swamp on a 35+ day and it was being dive bombed by a magpie with a bad attitude. I considered his options for as long as it took to take his picture: magpie’s lunch, squashed by a bus full of tourists (there was one coming) or human intervention?
On the road with the all-inclusive-everything-you-could-need campervan. We covered a good bit of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks and ended up in Berri Springs for a couple of nights.