So, I happened to be on a few weeks leave and a friend asked if we would come up to Broken Hill to collect him and his bike. Sure, why not!
Took us awhile to get going in the morning, whatever, no rush. The usual “boring” drive that is the new hunter Expressway. I’m not dissing it, it’s great that it’s such a boring road, but it makes it difficult to a) stay awake and b) stick to the speed limit! Good roads like that deserve higher speed limits! If only Australian drivers could handle such things….
Once we hit the Golden Highway, there was a fair bit of giving way to Oversized vehicles – either mining vehicles themselves or trucks carrying huge pieces of mining equipment. One time the police even cleared three lanes for one truck! No photos of the glory that is open cut mining in the Hunter, I couldn’t bring myself to look at the vast holes long enough to snap a picture.
Swan Hotel, Dundedoo.
We took regular stops and driver swaps on the way. I eventually got brave enough to cruise at highway speed on the undivided roads! *clunk* goes the trailer. I also didn’t hit any roos, though there was one dumb sheep that walked in front of me deliberately I swear, and a couple of roos on the way home that seemed to have death wishes.
I didn’t know there was soooo many goats out there!!! So many cute baby goats following their parents around. So cute. I wanted to steal one! The goats were way smarter than the sheep, always running away from the cars rather than towards. There was also a few cows that just stood there and watched us go by, knowing they could cause us all manner of grief if they could be bothered to walk onto the road.
We stopped for the night at Dubbo as the the sun was going down. Booked us a room at the Ibis Budget Dubbo. I booked through Booking.com while parked on the side of the road, and got us a room for $79, including Continental buffet breakfast! They normally charge $9/head for that.
So the breakfast spread included the usual cereal, toast and spreads, along with youghurts with fruit, juices, tea and coffee. The room was “okay” . I found the bed quite comfortable, but Bruce found the foam mattress topper overheated him. The curtain main have come down while we were trying to adjust it, but ok well. We also had wifi in our room even though it’s meant to be only accessible from the common areas, because we were on the ground floor near the pool. I also got all classy and drank the wine I’d brought from home in the plastic cups provided in the room. ;) Oh they had good biscuits, as did the other two place we stayed. You know those prepaced two bikkies you get in your tea and coffee making facilities? Couldn’t fault any of them!
We wandered down to the Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant (36 Victoria St, Dubbo NSW 2830; ph (02) 6882 6663) as it was the Chinese restaurant open on a Tuesday night (our first and third choices were both closed Tuesday nights). We had fried rice, garlic chicken, and the above sticky, shiny fried pork. I swear it was like eating Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs with the stickyness in the teeth. Apparently there was meat in there! But we got through it, our wine, and promptly fell asleep back at the ibis after watching Blades of Glory, that I happened to have seen at work, well parts of it, a few days earlier!
Classic country town Chinese restaurant stylings
Ready for bed!
After breakky and trying not to yell at the morning television that was screening in the cafe, we found some decent takeaway coffee at Grapevine near the courthouse and then were back the road by eight, aiming to reach Broken Hill before the roos got suicidal again.
There was a lot of…. not much. Wide, flat, open. And driving. Much driving.
Dinner was found at Alfrescos Cafe (397 Argent St, Broken Hill, New South Wales 2880, Australia +61 8 8087 5599)…. so, while wrapping out heads around the half hour time difference, we nommed down this HUGE platter. So very very full! Which meant that the pizza we ordered, though a little over-cooked, was saved for breakfast and snacking on the next morning’s drive.
Full tummies and a few glasses of wine made the bed at the Hilltop Motel (271 Kaolin St, Broken Hill NSW 2880 ph (08) 8088 2999) inviting enough, watching the ABC on whatever timezone we were in and it’s usual Wednesday night satire until I couldn’t fight sleep any more
Silverton and the Mundi Mundi Lookout were about as touristy as we got.
Vast spaces of nothing, views to the border and relics from the days of the silver mine (hey creative name for a town right?) and Mad Max.
Just so damn open.
Our aim for the drive on the Thursday was Cobar, so I booked a couple of rooms at the Cobar Central Motor Inn (18 Murray Street Cobar NSW 2835 Phone: 02 6830 2000). There was this weird system where you checked in at the motel across the road.
The rooms had this funky lamp, and pre-marked bedspreads and walls. Classy :)
The shower was hot and the bed comfy and I slept like a log after the boys brought me back Subway.
Daily Grind Cafe in Nyngan (97 Pangee St, Nyngan NSW 2825) was our breakfast/coffee stop for the morning on Friday, toasties all round and some nice coffees to sip while seeing the other side of the railway station and the helicopter.
Of course there was just the fun to be had of being in the Bogan Shire. Yeah, not much excitement :p
I have to say the only other pauses of note that day were the big billy!! And getting back to Tronno and getting back home for my birthday the next day!
When winter finally eases its grip and warmer weather moves in, you might find that windy, wet spring conditions make keeping your home’s floors clean a big challenge. People and pets track in mud, dead leaves, and all types of dirt, soiling hardwood and carpeted floors alike. However, there are a few tricks you can use to keep dirt and debris outside where it belongs instead of spending all your spare time sweeping and vacuuming as spring rolls around.
1. Keep Some Entrances Closed
If you have back and side doors on your home, this usually means more sweeping and mopping as snow melts and you battle muddy or wet footprints each time family members come and go. To reduce the amount of debris being tracked in, you can keep one or more entrances closed until the weather turns warmer. This can be especially helpful for entrances that face directions where the wind blows in from most often, as more debris might enter the home on blustery days.
2. Keep Interior Doors Shut
Sometimes, windy weather or negative air pressure in your HVAC system can cause doors to fly open and push dirt, hair, and other types of debris into corners and even as far as rooms on the other side of the house. After some time, each room’s floor may become more challenging to clean. To prevent this, keep interior bathroom and bedroom doors shut whenever possible.
3. Use Door Mats at Every Entrance
Because dirt and mud people and pets track inside can contribute to built-in grime that makes floors difficult to clean, preventing it from entering your home in the first place can be important. Putting a door mat at each entrance is an effective way to trap dirt, but only if you use them properly.
When choosing door mats for your home, consider what type of dirt gets tracked in most often. If you live in an area that features a temperate but wet spring, choose a rubber mat with wide squares and a wire mesh that fits the underside so that your guests can scrape mud from their shoes. If you live where springtime is dry and windy, choose a mat that is easy to pick up and shake out. The type of mat you choose can go a long way in keeping dirt outside, where it belongs.
4. Give Your Pets Their Own Entrance
Dogs that gallop through puddles and mud and then charge into the house along with your kids can be tough on your floors, and you may find yourself mopping up paw prints almost constantly during the wet weather. While you cannot teach your pets to wipe their feet, you might consider installing a pet door at an entrance where you can keep them confined until they dry off or until you can wipe their feet. A short length of hallway, covered with rubber mats, can go a long way in keeping the rest of your floors cleaner.
The fight to keep your floors clean during the spring can be daunting, especially if you have children and pets. However, keeping these strategies in mind as spring arrives can help you win the day and enjoy the warmer weather instead of dreading it.
How much did your last pair of glasses set you back, including lenses? I think the last pair I bought from a retail store set me back over $500 and they weren’t even a “brand”.
That of course was before I realised you could, and trusted buying, glasses online. Being a brave, older-apparently-still-millennial, I’m used to paypalling away and having items shop up from all over the world, so, while it may seem strange to buy something so specialised from some place in the internets, it’s really just a matter of getting your Medicare-funding eyecheck every two years, making sure the optometrist writes down your full prescription, and setting about looking at all the colours and styles you can get with some button clicks … and for as little as $50! Honestly, the last pair I bought online only cost me $50 which included things like anti-scratch coasting and high density lenses for coke-bottle grade scripts like mine.
GlassesShop.com offered me some eyeglasses to flash around the internet and my real life from their range, and I decided to get these ones:
The other pair, the Lina Rectangle in Green have grown on me in time (and after some compliments on social media!) Again, this $29.95 pair is a departure from my usual style in that it’s a light colour with clean parts while I usually only wear solid dark colours these days. But I like it, and for that price why not have a pair for each day of the week? Afterall, people are always looking at your face.
The Book of Uninspiring Quotes parodies the idea that we can ever reach total satisfaction in life, using ironic stock photos to demonstrate the pointlessness of positive affirmation. Leunig’s collation of uninspiring quotes encourages suffering at the hands of our miserable existence. It is a morose but humorous look at the darker side of life.
About the Author
On a bad day: Sunny was born to two disappointed parents, was an average student, always finished fourth in high school sports and currently lives alone in Melbourne.
On a good day: Sunny is a successful musician, film director, composer and TV presenter and also the son of Michael Leunig, one of Australia’s most famous artists. He has written and directed music videos for some of biggest names in Australian music including Paul Kelly and Courtney Barnett; composed and performed music for feature-length films including In Bob We Trust, a documentary about Father Bob Maguire; is guitarist for the popular alt-rock band Jimmy Tait and composer for The Wintership Quartet.
‘I used to wake in the morning and put my pants on one leg at a time with hope and belief. Now I lay around pantless with belief only in home deliveries and twist top bottles. Damn you Leunig. My hope has drained away.’
– Tim Rogers (You Am I)
Do you ever feel like those inspirational posters are just going to make you vomit? Or that those pretty daisies in the picture remind you of your hayfever? Does the touch of a baby’s skin make your testicles shrivel up in fear?
Then maybe these less-than-inspiring quotes, stock photos and colouring pages (yes! colouring pages!) are for you!
Yeah, you could buy your ex or your mother-in-law a copy of the book, or you could win a copy from me by commenting below something extremely mundane and not motivating about your week.
I’ll pick the “winner” (yes in inverted commas) after May 17th Aussie time based on general mundanes-ness, or creativity and humour. Something like that.
Comment as many times as you like, it’ll make my life a tad more interesting for a week.
Aussie addresses only please xx.