24 hours at Kroombit

I have not updated this blog in over a year. That’s insane. I just started it, and then I got swept up with work and all of the sudden it was 2013. Oh, well. I guess I better just get back on the horse, so to speak.

And what better way to start than with a bunch of pictures from my Australia trip? I thought I would start with one of my favorite parts – Kroombit Lochenbar Station. Kind of a magical place.

Kroombit

We drove by car, and stopped several times to take pictures of the view. A 50mm lens is not the best for landscape photography and I’m just not good enough to make it justice, so I will spare you most of them.

Kroombit

As we were getting closer, we met these guys.

Kroombit

And after ten hours by car (and an overnight stay at Rockhampton, not the most exciting town) we finally arrived.

Kroombit

Hello Kroombit!

Kroombit

We checked in and had a cup of “cowboy coffee”.

Kroombit

Then it was time to go horse riding! The fancy girl to the right was my ride for the day. Her name was Shy, which is kind of funny, since she was anything but shy.

Kroombit

Our leader, Jonathan, checking his shoes for spiders.

Kroombit

The whole crew! From the left: a girl who was working there, Ching, me, and Viriya. This was also Christmas Eve, so please observe our matching red and green scarves.

Kroombit

Kroombit

Kroombit

Kroombit

Kroombit

I have had my own horses since I was seven years old, but sold the last of them 2004, if I remember correctly. So it’s been a while, but it was so much fun to be back on a horse again.

Kroombit

On the farm they have wild horses, and some of them they break in. This is one of the new fellas.

Kroombit

Kroombit

Besides breaking in horses, Jonathan also takes care of animals that are wounded or does not have anywhere to go. We spent a couple of hours going insane over these two cute lambs. They were only four days old and could barely walk.

Kroombit

Kroombit

Kroombit

Kroombit

I mean come on, have you ever seen anything cuter?!

Kroombit

He also had three birds, not sure of the name of them though. They were almost well enough to be released into the wild again.

Kroombit

And then we met this wallaby baby. They found his mom dead beside the road, and this little joey had a broken leg.

Kroombit

Jonathan is taking care of him til he is well enough to be brought back into the wild. They do a thing called “soft release” if I remember correctly, which means that they will still have access to a farm with food and shelter at first, so they can come back to safety.

Kroombit

Kroombit

The dog in the picture is kind of the mom of the little farm, and she is taking care of whatever animals Jonathan is helping at the moment.

Kroombit

He has to spend all his time in this little bag, to avoid any pressure on his leg.

Kroombit

Ok, just a few more lamb pictures.

Kroombit

If I could, I would have taken both of them with me. Not sure they would enjoy a small apartment in freezing Stockholm though.

Kroombit

On Christmas eve we also had a christmas dinner with everyone who worked there and a few locals, and then we had a good time at the bar. The next morning it was time to move on, though I could have stayed there for weeks if I had more time.

Kroombit

Had the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast. With cowboy coffee, of course.

Kroombit

Then I walked around, taking pictures to remember the place.

Kroombit

If one wanted coffee, you would just take a cup …

Kroombit

… and get some hot water from here. This is also where they cook all of the food.

Kroombit

True.

Kroombit

Kroombit

Kroombit

The bar. Somewhat more empty than the night before.

One day, I will definitely go back. Thank you for an awesome time Kroombit!

5 Comments

  1. Åh vilka fina djur! Och så fint att se att de tar hand om de som inte har någon mamma. Jag skulle nog också vilja ha den möjligheten. Flyttar nog ut på landet till slut för att leka med djur på heltid, känns som det.

    Ser fram emot fler uppdateringar från din resa!

    • Så himla fint verkligen! Hade han varit tjugo år yngre (eller jag tjugo år äldre) hade jag förmodligen tvingat honom att gifta sig med mig.

  2. Pingback: Australia Zoo | Sanna blogs

Leave A Reply

Navigate