i have been enjoying gentle wanderings in very good company in this beautiful Wide Brown Land
along with my friend r
who kindly spent two days stoking the fire under this marvellous cauldron
and who took the photo below as proof of the pudding [the workshop was held in the building second from the right in the distance]
the group shared splendid lunches [** a hint of turnip/swede in one of the delicious soups took me straight back to a similarly warm and friendly workshop at Gore NZ some years back. KiaOra in case any of you are reading this!!]
we enjoyed much laughter and story-telling, joyful singing and lots of bundling
wonderful colours were produced
and did i mention the Prickly Bears? sometimes Cochineal insects can be found on them...
on a less pleasant note...short-sighted politicians and mining companies have a plan to dig up this magnificent piece of country, literally the food bowl for the region, in order to flog the coal for short-term gain. sure there might be a few jobs for the next decade or so, but after that it will be a desert. the soil here is like chocolate cake. it's been built up over millions of years and will not easily be restored if the carnage goes ahead.
lastly for those of you nibbled from your sleep by kittens at dawn on Sunday May 13 and in need of something to put you back to sleep
a link to Radio National's small soundbite from yours truly