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We both live at Simpsons Gap in the West Macdonnell National Park, Central Australia, the best spot in the NT! Our blog is for friends and family to see how we are going, and to share in what we have been up to throughout the year. Please leave us a comment, and we hope you enjoy!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Moving to Owen Springs... Phil's promotion to Senior Park Ranger!

For those of you who don't know, Phil has been promoted to 'T3 - Senior Park Ranger' at Owen Springs Reserve. He started work today and we spent our first night in the Park house last night. Phil will be based out there during the week and after the Masters Games I'll move out there permanantly (and hopefully work from there a couple of days a week).
To find out a bit more about Owen Springs (including where on earth it is!!) check out the website and fact sheet http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/parks/find/owensprings.html

After 'renovating' our bathroom it's back to basics!

The house comes with recliner chairs and couch (which Phil is already VERY attached too!), fridge, 6 seater table. The kitchen and lounge area is all pretty neat and tidy.

We will move all our stuff into the house in November which will make it look really homely, but for now it's the bare minimum.

This is the back of the house where we will have BBQ's and stuff. The house is 3 bedrooms - plenty of room for visitors! Call now to make a booking :)

The last Ranger to live here is leaving us his pool! (and his table tennis table)

This is the front of the house. The views around are great - Harry loves it out there and didn't want to come back home with me this morning! Bring on the 4WD so we can get out and explore our new backyard... a bit different to Larapinta... aka 'the Bronx'

Our first sighting of a Central Australian Echidna!

This is probably not one of the smartest
things I've ever done, but here is me
trying to relocate an Echidna from the road at Trephina Gorge (hmmm those spikes are actually very spiky...)
Anyway! We managed to get him off to the side and Phil got some great shots. After hearing for 5yrs that Echidnas do actually exist in Central Australia and seeing plenty of evidence of them - it was very exciting to finally see one.

Phil's first Thorny Devil!!

How unimpressed does this little guy look! Phil was beside himself to finally see a Thorny Devil on his trip to Native Gap on the North Stuart Highway. Looks cuddly doesn't he!