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.
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.
As we were getting closer, we met these guys.
And after ten hours by car (and an overnight stay at Rockhampton, not the most exciting town) we finally arrived.
We checked in and had a cup of "cowboy coffee".
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.
Our leader, Jonathan, checking his shoes for spiders.
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.
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.
On the farm they have wild horses, and some of them they break in. This is one of the new fellas.
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.
I mean come on, have you ever seen anything cuter?!
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.
And then we met this wallaby baby. They found his mom dead beside the road, and this little joey had a broken leg.
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.
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.
He has to spend all his time in this little bag, to avoid any pressure on his leg.
Ok, just a few more lamb pictures.
If I could, I would have taken both of them with me. Not sure they would enjoy a small apartment in freezing Stockholm though.
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.
Had the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast. With cowboy coffee, of course.
Then I walked around, taking pictures to remember the place.
If one wanted coffee, you would just take a cup ...
... and get some hot water from here. This is also where they cook all of the food.
The bar. Somewhat more empty than the night before.
One day, I will definitely go back. Thank you for an awesome time Kroombit!