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Meeting Linh: Part 2

Meeting Linh: Part 2

The phone’s ring dragged me from blissful slumber, and I hadn’t even accepted the call when my stomach leapt into my mouth and wrenched me in to full consciousness. I was still bumbling through apologies as I stepped into the…

Meeting Linh: Part 1

Meeting Linh: Part 1

When people ask how Linh and I met, the answer often elicits a condescending smile – at least until we provide a little more detail. The short version of this story is that I found Linh on Gumtree, but before…

Fuelling new Discoveries

Fuelling new Discoveries

Running out of – or at least grossly miscalculating – fuel is almost a rite of passage for the seasoned overland traveller. I’v lost count of the number of times that I’ve spent long stretches of road sweating the minute…

A short trip in a big state

A short trip in a big state

Western Australia is massive. All that space houses a relatively modest population with a few far removed settlements – some of which are almost large enough to be classified as towns. In face, with the exception of Mandurah and perhaps…

An open letter to (WA) Drivers

An open letter to (WA) Drivers

Dear Western Australian drivers (may be applicable to drivers in other locales), Hi, you probably don’t know me. I’m that guy sitting in the oncoming lane. I know you haven’t noticed me, because you’re trash texting your mate about how…

Extra cut! Hop Harvest

Extra cut! Hop Harvest

As I try to work out how to replace Barber Shop Photos with something else, I’m playing with video editing. Last weekend (Feb 20) Linh and I joined some friends in their inaugural Hop Harvest Party to celebrate their first…

Barber Shop Photos 23 – Karridale Cottage

Barber Shop Photos 23 – Karridale Cottage

Not all travel has to be far from home. One of the most rejuvenating short breaks I took last year was a weekend escape to Karridale Cottage and Hop Farm. I travelled to Karridale to help a mate out in…

The intersection

The intersection

I’d driven along the road dozens of times before and ignored the intersection. The signpost was easy to miss and would not likely have piqued my interest for any reason other than it was blue – the colour that denotes…

O Starry Night

O Starry Night

Although I have spent much of my life living in or around major centres in Australia, I have been fortunate enough to spend a fairly significant amount of time in The Bush. The Bush is one of those ubiquitous terms…

The Home Range

The Home Range

While I love to travel for myself, there is also something to be said for sharing your local region with guests. After living in one place for a while as we start to do as we enter the Thirty Fraternity,…

What to do in Kalbarri when it’s raining.

What to do in Kalbarri when it’s raining.

As important as it may be for Western Australia’s farming community (and by extension the rest of us), I struggle with wet weather. The mercifully brief winter rains in Western Australia bring with them – for me – a dark…

Heading in a Cocos Direction

Heading in a Cocos Direction

  A day at the beach is an almost universally celebrated summertime outing. When the mercury rises past a certain level for the first time after the chill of winter, punters make their way to the nearest meeting of dirt…

Barber Shop Photos #6 – Paragliding Rainbow Beach

Barber Shop Photos #6 – Paragliding Rainbow Beach

This photo is of the sand blow near the township of Rainbow Beach. The area is known for the myriad of coloured sands along the steep sandstone cliff along the coast, and it is from here that the beach and…

A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

  Tropical island holidays have never really tempted me. When I daydream of escaping my day to day routine, my mind draws me not to a recliner on a sandy beach (although it sounds most pleasant), but to exotic adventures…

The night ascent

The night ascent

  The three hour drive had proven to be far less taxing than I had supposed. Perhaps it was the respite of the slightly cooler night air that made the journey less arduous, or the way the clear evening made…

Cold Water – Canal Rocks

Cold Water – Canal Rocks

The waters fringing South Western Australia always feel cold. Coming from the more temperate climate of Brisbane in the eastern state of Queensland – only the hottest days seem to dull the sharp chill of a dip in the Indian…

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