Today we travelled from Lake Argyle to Parry's Farm near Wyndham. We did some stocking up on food, petrol and souvenirs in Kununurra. We have been without phone and internet connection for 3 days and as we pass through spots, in sometimes out of the way places, a message might come through, by the time we answer it we are out of range again. If you want to contact us, use Dennis' phone as it's difficult keeping all our electronic equipment charged. You would have noticed 3 blogs came through together, I write one a day but they don't send until we have a signal.
We visited a sandalwood plantation today at Kununurra, it was very interesting, we watched a film on the history of the industry and how the rest of the world's supplies are running short and the value is increasing it's presently $100,000 a ton. The uses vary from perfume, insence, make up, beauty products and medical products. They use the heart of the timber to extract the oils. It is sent to Albany to be processed, from the extreme north of the state to the extreme south! Dennis was very keen to do the Ivanhoe crossing but when we got there there was a bloody big boulder in the middle of the road and a sign saying road closed, he wasn't a happy chappy!
We are staying at Parry's Lagoon Nature reserve tonight. There is a beautiful lagoon with water lilies and surrounded by palms, mango and boab trees and tropical gardens around the pool. They have other types of accommodation like safari tents on stilts covered in shade cloth so you can view the wild life without them seeing you. It is promoted as a bird watchers paradise. Oh, I forgot to say there are platforms and walkways to view the billabong safely out of the way of the big salty croc that lives there. It was pretty hot today, low to mid 30s and I've been sunburnt on the back of my neck and left arm a few days in a row. That combined with all the insect bites makes Gayle a cranky old w***! I visited the chemist today who makes his own remedy for itchy insect bites, here's hoping it works. I am writing this in the light of the moon which will be full in a few days, the stars are plentiful and the sounds of the birds making ready for bed, there is also a weird noise we've identified as a bull in the paddock, I think he is looking for a mate. There were several wallabies grazing in the paddock, just before sunset, where we are camped. We tend to go to bed about 8 to 9 o'clock and wake up about 5 to 6 o'clock with the sun and the birds, so seeing as it's cooled off now, I will say good night, and hope you are all well.