Welcome to our blog

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!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Latest Happenings

It looks like we finally have some tenants for our house! They will move in early next week, but Kylie and I will only breath easy once they are actually in the house. We will put some pics of the re-tiling next time we update the blog. We both went to Boggy Hole in Finke Gorge N.P last week, really beautiful place. We also picked up our 'new' car (if 60 odd thousand kilometres on the clock is considered new). We can't wait to get some good use out of it camping on roads the Commodore couldn't handle. Kylie took a promotional photo of it near Wallaby Gap, so here it is!

Central Netted Dragon @ Owen Springs
Finke Gorge N.P

Our new car

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Q) Could our house troubles get worse? A) Yes, actually

Well, our bathroom leak has finally been fixed, only after the water has destroyed our hallway carpet, most of the bathroom tiles, the paint in the study, as well as horrifying potential tennants! Luckily our insurance will cover the carpet, re-painting, damage done by the plumbers and some re-tiling. We are also getting new tiles in the toilet and laundry, new hallway carpet, plus a split-system a.c. in the bedroom - if it's not rented out with all that, we give up! Anyway, apart from that, all is good. Kylie and I went out on Section 2 of the Lara Trail to get some pics for the new trailheads recently. It was nice to get out for a walk in the bush to take our minds off things. Below is Arenge Bluff, and some of the Spinifex back-lit by the late arvo sunshine. Talk to you all later.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

The year ahead

We thought we should update everyone (anyone?) on what has been going on in our lives - it's been a while. We had a fun christmas, it was freezing here (mid twenties!) but great for our days off. Our house in town still isn't rented out yet and we have got a bad leak in our bathroom that will probably cost a million dollars (give or take). It is really starting to get us down but hopefully we will finally have some positive news to tell everyone soon (ie: somebody to rent the joint). Apart from that, all is going pretty well. Work is good for us both, and we are loving living out at Owen Springs. I've sold my Commodore and we are picking up our 'new' car in a few weeks. It's a Mitsubishi Triton dual cab ute, so we will be able to do a lot more camping with access to all our bumps roads out here. We are a bit sad as our GREAT friend Karina has moved back to Sydney for the next 12 months. We will miss her heaps, but will see her again soon. We are going to the UK/Europe this August which will be the highlight of the year I think. Kylie may need sedatives in the days leading up to leaving as she is already very excited! Anyway, this is the most I've ever written. so I should go. Have a great year everyone, and we will hopefully see most of you around the traps. Phil & Kylie.

Robbies Bore, Owen Springs Reserve

Phil, Karina, Harry & Kaia

River Red Gum leaves