June 2021 Writing Prompts

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Kilted kings bob and weave,
Tossing darts at would be thieves.
They don’t like their bread and jam,
They kidnap saucers and spread marzipan.
Kilted kings sing and dance,
They hate thrillers but love romance.
Beneath a starry sky they do dream,
Of zebras flying across the skies.
Kilted kings run and prance,
Clapping their hands as they dance.
They ride llamas through the park,
And run inside when it’s dark.

June 2021 Writing Prompts

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What do you see # 85 – June 7th, 2021

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They called me kitty,

They think I’m cute and sweet,

But beneath my soft exterior,

A powerful heart beats.
I will grow big,

I will grow tall,

I will become more than Kitty,

You see my dreams aren’t small.
Right now I might be lovable,

Meek and mild,

But one day you will see,

In my heart I am still wild.

What Do You See #85

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A Guide To South Australia

Should we go on???

Hey All,

So, this was our journey around South Australia but we went further afield on that first tour but it’s up to you if you’d like to hear more.  Leave me a comment if you want the next leg of the tour which was into New South Wales, over the border into Victoria and then following the Murray River..

If it’s good to go we’ll pick up the journey in July.

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A Guide To South Australia

Orroroo, Andamooka Ranges

Established: 1875

Wikipedia Extract

Orroroo is a town in the Yorke and Mid North region of South Australia. At the 2016 census, the locality of Orroroo had a population of 610 while its urban centre had a population of 537.  The Wilmington-Ucolta Road passes through here, intersecting with the RM Williams Way which leads to the Birdsville and Oodnadatta Tracks. The Peterborough–Quorn railway line extended from Peterborough to Orroroo also in 1881 and Quorn in 1882, connecting with the new Central Australia Railway from Port Augusta. These railways have now been abandoned. Orroroo is situated near Goyder’s Line, a line drawn up in 1865 by Surveyor General Goyder which he believed indicated the edge of the area suitable for agriculture.

Diary Extract:

May 27th 2018

Roads atrocious going forward and prices skyrocketing so we have headed back to Port Augusta and rerouted to Broken Hill in New South Wales.

Passed through Port Augusta and filled up and then moved on to Orroroo for the night.  Had a few problems with our neighbour’s and had to move camp then took the dogs out and went for a run.

I got my next book up and got a mediocre review but what the hell, it was done.

Heading on to tomorrow to Broken Hill.

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A Guide To South Australia

Woomera, Andamooka Ranges

Established: 1947

Wikipedia Extract

The RAAF Woomera Range Complex (WRC) is a major Australian military and civil aerospace facility and operation located in South Australia, approximately 450 km (280 mi) north-west of Adelaide. The WRC is operated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), a division of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The complex has a land area of 122,188 km2 (47,177 sq mi) or roughly the size of Estonia or Pennsylvania. The airspace above the area is restricted and controlled by the RAAF for safety and security. The WRC is a highly specialised ADF test and evaluation capability operated by the RAAF for the purposes of testing defence materiel.

The complex has been variously known as the Anglo-Australian Long Range Weapons Establishment and then the Woomera Rocket Range; the RAAF Woomera Test Range and in 2013, the facility was reorganised and renamed to the RAAF Woomera Range Complex (WRC). The ground area of the WRC is defined by the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) and includes the Nurrungar Test Area (NTA); with a land area of 122,188 km2 (47,177 sq mi), the WPA is described by the RAAF as the largest land-based test range in the western world. The Woomera Prohibited Area Coordination Office (WPACO) coordinates daily operation of the complex which comprises a mix of South Australian crown land and is covered by pastoral leases and mining tenements granted by the Government of South Australia. The Woomera Prohibited Area Advisory Board monitors the operations of the WPA and the WPACO. The airspace above the WPA is called the Woomera Restricted Airspace (WRX) and is controlled by the RAAF for safety and security reasons during the conduct of some activities on the complex together with the support of Airservices Australia.

The complex also contains the RAAF Base Woomera, or the RAAF Woomera Airfield, the dual-runway military airfield located 3 NM (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) north of the settlement of the Woomera Village. The airfield has been in military operation since a RAF Dakota landed at Woomera on 19 June 1947.

Diary Extract:

May 26th 2018

So we got up early and made the long haul to Pimba.  It rained consistently but it wasn’t too bad in reality.

When we arrived Peter and I went into Woomera, which I found fascinating though I think Peter was a bit disappointed that the town had shrunk so substantially.  We had the best meal so far at the visitor’s centre – a hamburger – and then we went back to pick up the dogs. 

Peter walked them while I ran the perimeter of the town (5.25km).

Last night severe thunderstorms, so not much sleep.

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A Guide To South Australia

Port Augusta, Eyre Pennisula

Established: 1852

Wikipedia Extract

According to the 2016 Census, the population of the Port Augusta census area was 12,896 people, making it the third largest urban area after Whyalla and Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula. 49.3% of the population were female, 83.7% are Australian born and 19.2% were Aboriginal.

The most popular industries for employment were Technicians and Trades Workers (16%), Community and Personal Service Workers (15.4%) and Clerical and Administrative Workers (13.8%), while the unemployment rate is approximately 7%. The median weekly household income is A$789 or more per week, compared with $924 in Adelaide. 17.4% of the population identify themselves as Catholic, while a higher 26.2% identify with no religion at all.

Diary Extract:

May 25th 2018

Spent the day in Port Augusta and Peter went out to stock up.  While he was gone I walked the dogs and did my submission and when he returned we redistributed the weight.  We are now carrying a lot more fuel – in preparation for the long haul.

I went for a bike ride in the afternoon and rode indirectly to Stirling North and then we took the dogs to the Watertank Lookout where an emu has taken up residence.

Moving on tomorrow to Woomera.

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A Guide To South Australia

Bascombe Rocks, Eyre Pennisula

Exploroz Extract

A pleasant 20km drive through undulating farmland along the sealed Buckleboo Road brings visitors to Bascombe Rocks, which offer panoramic views of the surrounding native bushland. Around the base of the rocks look out for the innovative water catchments that were hand-built by the early pioneers: after it rains the rock holes fill with water and teem with hundreds of lively tadpoles. A picnic shelter provides a good spot for lunch or a relaxing drink.

Diary Extract:

May 24th 2018

Got up early, did my run then we drove back to Whyalla.  We are stocking up now in preparation of heading inland, so there will be major expenditure in the next few days.

I came up with a great horror drabble, maybe 2, which I need to work on, as well as finishing and uploading my next book before we roll out. 

Not much in the way of excitement today, but that happens.

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A Guide To South Australia

Kimba, Eyre Pennisula

Established: 1915

Wikipedia Extract

Kimba is a rural service town on the Eyre Highway at the top of Eyre Peninsula in the Australian state of South Australia. At the 2016 census, Kimba had a population of 629 and it has an annual rainfall of 348 millimetres (13.7 in). There is an 8-metre (26 ft) tall statue of a galah beside the highway, marking halfway between the east and west coasts of Australia. The Gawler Ranges are north of the highway near the town.

Kimba is located in the federal division of Grey, the state electoral district of Giles and the local government area of the District Council of Kimba.

The word “kimba” is derived from the local Aboriginal word for “bushfire”, and the District Council of Kimba’s emblem reflects this in the form of a burning bush. The town was built on Barngarla lands.

Diary Extract:

May 22nd 2018

It was a case of the best laid plans going astray today.  We had intended to do a significant distance and travel to Kyncutta but there was nothing there so we ended up going all the way to Kimba – we reckon it was about 260km.

This put a significant dent in our fuel but we will probably stay a few days.  I didn’t get a bike ride in but we went for a walk to see the sculptures, which ended up being about 8km.  So we’re all real tired now.

I’ll do a run tomorrow on the same track and see if I can get round to the rest of the attractions.

May 23rd 2018

Stayed in Kimba today, as we were all tired.  I went for a run and then we took the dogs for a walk to see the attractions.  Pippa was sick on the walk, but when we got back she seemed alright.  In the afternoon we went into town to get Peter a drink and I got a brownie and in the afternoon I took the dogs for another walk and got some good pictures of birds.

I think we’re going for a day trip tomorrow.

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